Sober fun can be an alien concept to those new to recovery. It can be hard to remember a time when they went out and had fun without being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is possible for newly sober individuals to take part in fun sober activities while avoiding the lifestyle that contributed to their substance use disorder. You can have a healthy social life once you leave the confines of a treatment program.
You will need to be open to new experiences if you want to find sober ways to occupy your time. Why not try some of the following fun sober activities if you are looking to have a good time without being under the influence?
1. Team Sports
You would be surprised at the number of local leagues and sports activities available for adults. Why not take part in a local bowling league or flag football team? Physical activity is a great way to bond with others while keeping your mind occupied.
2. Start Going to the Gym
If you don’t feel you can physically keep up with a sports team, start working on your form by joining the gym. Working out helps you feel better mentally and physically.
3. Take Dance or Yoga
Sign up to take a yoga, Zumba, or even a ballet class if you are looking for an alternative to the gym or team sports. You can bring a friend or family member along to keep you motivated.
4. Go to a Craft Event
If you prefer mental stimulation to physical activity, take part in a crafts event near you. Many places offer you the chance to take painting lessons, build pottery, or engage in some other creative effort.
5. Take an Online Course
One of the greatest things about the internet age is that you can find online classes for just about any interest. You can take a programming class, learn to make YouTube videos, or work on your writing skills.
6. Build a Garden
Work on your green thumb by planting flowers and other plants around your yard. If you live in an apartment, build some planters to place on your windowsill or back patio.
7. Catch up on TV Shows and Movies
We are lucky enough to live in an age where we can watch TV and movies whenever we want. Take some time to catch up on all the seasons of the popular TV show you keep hearing people talk about. Start from ground zero on a film series you have yet to watch.
8. Take a Cooking Course
Are you tired of relying on takeout for your meals? Do you want to take control of your cuisine? Sign up for a cooking course at your local community college. Learn to make everything from breakfast basics to exquisite desserts.
9. Become a Tourist
Take some time to visit the local sights you may typically ignore as a local. Go view an exhibit at a museum, visit a theme park, or pay respects at a local memorial.
10. Have a Sober Game Night
Invite family and friends over to play board games or card games.
11. Volunteer for a Local Charity
Many organizations like homeless shelters, homes for the elderly, and hospitals need help throughout the year. Giving back allows you to focus on the needs of others instead of your problems.
12. Learn a New Language
You can do this online or by taking a local college course. Keep your mind engaged by learning how to understand foreign movies without subtitles.
13. Take a Trip
It doesn’t matter if it’s just one state over or across the sea. Change up your scenery by going somewhere you haven’t been before.
The Importance of Fun Sober Activities
Staying occupied with fun sober activities after leaving a residential treatment program keeps you away from temptations that could lure you back into substance abuse. Phoenix Rising provides clients with a variety of support options to help them stay sober and free of the influence of drugs and alcohol.
For more information about our programs and therapies, feel free to contact us at 855.232.8211. You can get to a point where you enjoy fun sober activities.