Spring is a magical time of year when nature brings forth new life after the frigid months of winter. For those who are newly sober, they too may feel as if they are reemerging after a long period of hibernation. The good news is, there is life after rehab, and springtime is a great time to sample all the glorious sober activities that life has to offer.
Some people who have recently completed a drug or alcohol treatment program may choose to participate in alumni programs that provide opportunities to socialize and do activities in a recovery-supportive environment. Don’t let yourself worry about how you will fill your days now that you’re sober. The truth is that you may find yourself wishing there were more hours in the day to experience the wonder of sober life.
Outdoor Activities Are Fun for All Ability Levels
If you are an experienced outdoor enthusiast, you might know of all the great activities that become available once the weather warms up. But, even if sitting on a park bench and feeding the birds is more your speed, there are still plenty of fun things to do in the great outdoors. There are lots of community groups and clubs that are centered on outdoor activities of various types. Don’t be nervous if you are a beginner. Most people are excited to share their beloved hobby with others and will be happy to give you pointers and advice.
Some outdoor activities you can try are:
Be Your Own Handyman, Gardener, Executive Chef, or Tailor
Springtime is a great time to tackle projects around the house and learn new skills. Are you tired of looking at your overgrown, shaggy yard? Try a landscaping project and turn your lawn into a wonderland. Grow your own veggies and create a haven for birds in your back garden. Learn to bake croissants or make a magnificent prime rib roast by brushing up on your cooking skills. Dust off grandma’s old sewing machine and revitalize your living room with some new curtains.
If all this sounds intimidating, or you’re not sure where to begin, try signing up for a local class or joining a club that aligns with your interests.
Get Creative and Show the World What You Can Do
Once the weather starts to get warm and the days become longer, the world starts to look a little more beautiful. Why not capture some of that beauty for yourself? Write some poems or work on your memoirs. Paint the sunset from your front porch. Clean out your garage and make some art with whatever old junk you find there. Don’t worry about whether it’s “good,” just have fun and express yourself.
Sober and Social: Having Fun While in Recovery
It can be hard to stay on the right track with recovery in social settings, but there are lots of people out there just like you who want to socialize without the drinking or drugs. Here are some tips for having good, sober fun in the spring:
- Make plans to do things with people who know that you are in recovery and are supportive
- Use the buddy system and help each other stay accountable
- Pick activities that are less centered on partying and more focused on specific activities
- Go to places that don’t serve alcohol like coffee houses
- Give yourself permission to leave if you start having a hard time
Recovery Bay Center is a Recovery-focused Community
If you are looking to get sober, but are worried that life won’t be fun anymore, reach out to us today at 833.991.2955 and let us tell you how great life after rehab can be. Recovery Bay Center is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility in Panama City, Florida that serves men ages 18+.