Now that you are sober, it’s time to stay sober. Don’t be afraid to have fun. There are many ways you can still get out and enjoy life–you just have to be smart about it, plan ahead, and have an emergency plan for when you encounter triggers. Below are 10 tips for how to have sober fun.
#1 Learn About Yourself
You’ve spent much time trying to hide behind your addiction. Now that you are sober, you need to be okay with who you are and what interests you. Spend some time taking up a new hobby like creating art, fishing, playing a sport, or reading. It doesn’t have to be anything grand or expensive – just figure out what things interest you and go out and do them.
#2 Do Something New
You might have already figured out what your interests are, but take time to try new things also. Now that you are sober, you have much more time and energy for taking on new challenges, exploring new places, and trying new activities. Expand your horizons a bit and try something you’ve never done before.
#3 Meet New People
You used to hang around with friends who used drugs and alcohol. That won’t work for you anymore. Instead, find yourself a new group of friends; people who are supportive, who are sober, and who inspire you. You will find that the right people make all the difference in the world when it comes to living a fun sober life.
#4 Spend Time with Your Sponsor
You choose a sponsor because you need extra help and support in your sobriety. This person has been through what you are going through, and they found a way to make sobriety fun. Talk to your sponsor and take their advice. Plan some activities together and let him or her show you the ropes.
#5 Reconnect with Family
You’ve likely had a difficult time with family relationships lately. Now that you’ve been through rehab and are seeing the world in a different light, you will want to repair the relationships that have suffered because of your addiction. Try spending time together in a non-stressful situation, like going to a movie or a play. Start small, and work up to longer periods of time together.
#6 Do What You’ve Been Putting Off
Maybe you weren’t able to travel because of your addiction, or you didn’t feel comfortable going to your nephew’s baseball games. You can do those things now. When you start doing things you’ve always wanted to do but put off, you will feel a sense of freedom. Start making your wish list today, and then do it.
#7 Stay Involved with Your Support Group
Your support group members are in the same boat as you, and they manage to find fun things to do so they can still enjoy life and stay sober. Get together for dinner, go to a show, or have a game night. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn from others about how to stay sober in recovery.
#8 Host a Party
Consider having some friends (your new friends, members of your support group, or the good old friends that support your sobriety) over for a night in. Make it clear when you invite these friends that it will absolutely be a sober atmosphere, but if these are people who really know you, it shouldn’t be an issue anyway. Serve some non-alcoholic drinks, try some new food recipes, and put some decorations. Make it fancy, if you want, or incorporate a theme.
#9 Invest in Others
Volunteering can not only be fun, but it can give you a sense of purpose. Donate your time to an animal shelter, help clean up a local park, or mentor kids from broken homes. When you spend time thinking of others’ needs, you feel better about your own challenges. Invest yourself in bettering others, and you will see positive results in your life too.
#10 Celebrate Your Sobriety
Finally, don’t be afraid to let others know about your new-found sobriety. In fact, don’t hide your past, but find a way to celebrate how far you’ve come. When old friends get together for a drink and ask you to come along, be bold and ask if they will instead go somewhere without alcohol. This is your life after rehab, and you should not be ashamed of it. By being honest with friends and acquaintances about your past addiction, you help bring light to the subject, and might just inspire someone else to get help for an addiction too.
Get Treatment at Aloft Recovery and Learn How to Stay Sober
If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse, it’s time to get treatment. At Aloft Recovery, we offer quality treatment in an inclusive environment. Call our 24-7 specialists today at (844) 318-0072 to get the help you need to live your young adult life safely, and holistically.