There’s no doubt that recovery can be quite a challenging time. But it should also be a time of fun, too. One of the hardest things about early recovery is the feeling that you will never be able to have fun again. If you only ever have fun when you are drinking or using drugs, it may be extremely difficult to imagine being able to have fun without drugs or alcohol, but not only is it possible, you actually can have way more fun when you are clean and sober. Here are a few fun activities you can try in recovery:
1. Find hobbies.
What were your hobbies before your addiction took over your life? Did you like photography? Reading? Gardening? Now is the time to get back to any of those hobbies and to create new ones. Look into local classes that you can get involved with. Explore the internet for ideas about fun hobbies you may want to try.
2. Group exercise.
Exercise is going to be one of the most beneficial things for your recovery. But that doesn’t mean you just have to go to the gym and work out by yourself on the treadmill. Joining a group class like Zumba or spinning can be really fun. Or maybe you can find a group who likes to go hiking outdoors. You’ll never know until you try.
3. Adventure activities.
If you feel like you are suffering from a lack of adrenaline or “high” that you used to get from drugs, why not try some adventure activities that will produce that feeling naturally? Things like kayaking, surfing, river rafting, ziplining, and even skydiving will definitely all get your heart pumping.
4. Sober parties or sober bars.
Check around to see if your city has a sober bar. This is a place where you can dance and have a fun night out without alcohol. If your city doesn’t have one of these, try throwing a sober party. Planning the party will give you something to do as well.
Helping other people is a great use of your time. Not only are you being of service to your community, but you will have an incredibly rewarding feeling of accomplishment afterwards.
6. Spending time with friends and family.
Rebuilding relationships with your loved ones is one of the best things you can do when you’re clean and sober and in recovery. Taking time out to do things with people who are close to you can be extremely rewarding and a lot of fun.