Addiction often springs from hopelessness, so giving yourself something to live for is critical to avoiding relapse. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun — sober living is easier if you’re doing what you love.
Virtually anything can be a sober activity, but here are some exciting ideas to get you started if you’re not sure where to begin.
1. Explore the Great Outdoors
If your social life has focused on drugs and alcohol for a long time, it can be hard to come up with sober ways to socialize. Why not catch up with friends on an afternoon hike or a weekend camping trip? It’s a great opportunity to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of nature together.
If you need something a little more structured to keep you going, try Geocaching to make every excursion into a scavenger hunt!
2. Get Cooking
Addiction can impact every area of your life, including your eating habits. Expanding your cooking repertoire is a great way to build healthier life skills and have a little fun while you’re at it.
Is there a food you’ve always dreamt of making at home? Look up the recipe and make your dream a reality. It might not turn out perfectly on the first try, but that’s okay. Half the fun is in the experimentation.
If you’re feeling more cautious, it’s alright to start small. Try adding fresh veggies to the mix next time you make boxed mac and cheese, or challenge yourself to make your own burgers from ground beef instead of stopping for fast food.
3. Sign Up for Martial Arts
Martial arts are all about discipline and self-improvement, making them a perfect addition to your sober life. The ranked belt systems in many martial arts can be great motivation, giving you something to be proud of as well as something to work towards.
There’s a martial art out there for everyone, whether you’re drawn to the showmanship of capoeira or the power of kickboxing. Choose one that’s right for you based on your interests, physical ability or cultural heritage. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to build friendships and good habits to last a lifetime.
4. Get Involved in Community Sports
If team sports are more your style, look into community sports for some fun, low-key competition. Be sure to choose a team or club that supports your sobriety goals instead of undermining them — a team that goes out drinking after every game might not be the right choice for you.
If you’re religious, find out if your faith community has any sports to offer. Masjid volleyball or church softball leagues can be fun ways to play sports with people you already know. You can also ask about intramural sports programs at your school or local recreation center.
Another way to get involved in community sports is by volunteering to coach a youth team, especially if you have kids who share your passion for sports.
5. Learn a Programming Language
Learning a new language is an exciting way to flex your brain, and programming languages are no exception. There are lots of fun and practical applications for computer programming, from building websites to creating apps and games.
Programming isn’t just for computer science majors — anyone can learn to code. If you’re brand new to the coding world, you may want to start by learning HTML/CSS. These languages aren’t technically programming languages, but learning the basics of web design is a good introduction to the skills you’ll need for programming.
6. Create Your Own Fictional World
Another way to exercise your mind and bring some excitement to your life is by creating your own cast of characters and bringing them to life through art or writing. There’s no right or wrong way to craft your fictional world. The possibilities are limitless:
- Join an online roleplaying community
- Start a Dungeons & Dragons campaign with friends
- Craft bedtime stories for your kids
- Participate in National Novel Writing Month
- Draw your characters and post them online
- Start your own webcomic
Don’t worry if you’re a beginning artist or writer. You’re never too old to learn a new skill and have a little creative fun.
7. Volunteer at a Zoo or Aquarium
Are you looking to add some meaning to your life as you recover from addiction? Try volunteering. It looks great on your resume and leaves you with a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
If you love animals, zoos and aquariums are some of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities out there. You can facilitate life-changing animal encounters as an educator, collect important data behind the scenes as a researcher, or get your hands dirty as an animal care volunteer.
By volunteering, you’ll gain access to great professional development on everything from animal behavior to leadership skills. Plus, the admission and membership discounts you get will make it easier to take your family on fun outings.
Staying sober is hard work, but living your passions makes it infinitely easier. Get out there and live your life to its fullest, drug-free!
About the Author
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.”Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.