“Fun” is not typically the first thing that pops into people’s minds when they think of sobriety. Making the choice to quit drinking and put your well-being first is a life-changing decision, but one that is worth it. Now that you are in recovery, you will have to come up with different things to occupy your time than you may have done in the past. Sobriety doesn’t have to be boring – here are some ways to keep things interesting without compromising your recovery:

Try something new. While in active addiction, you may have lost interest in things you used to enjoy. Think about things that you have fun doing, or things you have always wanted to learn. Maybe that means taking guitar lessons, signing up for a painting class, or gathering up friends and going zip lining.

Buddy up. It can be intimidating doing things on your own while focusing on your recovery. Find a friend who will explore new hobbies and places with you. They can help you stay accountable while also being someone to share new memories and laughter with.

Connect with nature. Head outside and go hiking, biking, running, canoeing, fishing, boating, swimming, or any number of other activities. The fresh air and sun can be very refreshing and energizing. An added bonus – alcohol is not usually readily available in these locales.

Volunteer. Spend your time helping others. It can be very rewarding and motivating to give back. It can also be a great way to meet new people and make friends you can enjoy sober activities with.

Ask for suggestions. When you are connecting with others in recovery through support groups, ask what some of their favorite things to do are. They may have some great ideas you never considered, and maybe you could do them together.

Keep an open mind and do not go into recovery convinced that sobriety is boring. There is a whole new world awaiting you and 1st Step can help you discover these opportunities through a wide range of addiction treatment. Get started today!

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