You’ve decided to stop drinking, or using drugs, you’ve been through a rehab program, and you’re in recovery. Sobriety is a wonderful thing, and it’s truly living, yet many people associate sober living as a boring, ho-hum kind of life. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Sobriety can be fulfilling and rewarding, but it can also be fun. It matters how you think about your life, and your view point. It’s possible to have fun without putting all the progress you’ve made in jeopardy, and it’s possible now.
You have to understand that a good time doesn’t have to involve drugs or alcohol. This is something that you learned over and over in treatment most likely, but when you’re out in the real world, trying to find something to do that’s fun but doesn’t fall back into old habits, it can be hard to remember that. Instead of thinking about the things you used to be able to do, or the places or people you used to visit, make a list for yourself of the things you’d like to do, or things you’ve always wanted to try. Show yourself the opportunities around you try something that’s not related to former hangouts or companions.
Part of the fun of sobriety is the fresh start. It’s a chance to meet new people, people you may never have met had you not decided to get help for your addiction. It can be frightening, trying to meet new people, but putting yourself out there to people who’ll encourage and aid you in your recovery is vital to experiencing the fun in life after drugs or alcohol.
Choosing to let yourself enjoy life in sobriety is a lot like finally choosing to get help for an addiction. Once you finally make that leap, your life will improve. Sobriety can be a hard, hard journey for people. You know what makes hard experiences more worth it? The fun times. The excitement and the adventure of life is best seen through sober eyes, and if you’re so wound tight about your sobriety that you don’t let yourself have fun, you’ll miss all of it. You can have fun in sobriety when you’re ready to let yourself, and you’re ready to surround yourself with people already living clean and sober.
At The Springboard Center, we know that you and your family need a treatment provider you can trust. Incorporating the best of practices we have created a meaningful program to restore health and dignity with quality care and counseling. Call us today for information on how we are serving the Permian Basin: (432) 620-0255