If you’ve been following some of our series or featured articles on Pathway to Hope, then you’ve probably learned about celebrities who are in recovery, how to fight the custody battle after treatment, or how young adults are affected by peer pressure in places or relationships deemed safe.
But now that National Recovery Month is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean the ongoing dialogue about addiction and recovery has to end. In fact, if you are considering treatment or are new to recovery, there are activities or groups you can participate in to share and revel in your newfound freedom and opportunities post addiction.
We also understand recovery doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve crossed the finish line of a tumultuous life filled with hurdles of overdoses and isolation. Instead, it’s a continuous journey of battling the urge to default back to addictive behaviors while gaining more insight into your identity without drugs.
So, we’ve put together a list of how you can celebrate a fulfilled life after treatment. I mean what better way to honor those in recovery by inspiring them to have fun while regaining their life.
Find a group of sober friends and travel
While you were struggling with addiction, chances are your dreams and goals were swept away by a never-ending cycle of chasing the next high and rough crashes.
But, now that you are aligning your vision and have a clearer view of your purpose, start to re-plan those trips with a set of friends or mentors with similar goals.
For a college student in recovery, the idea of traveling could mean going abroad to study at a European university for a semester.
For a parent in recovery, this could mean taking a family cruise to the Caribbean and rebuilding a strong, secure relationship with your kids.
For a person who lost everything during their addiction, traveling could mean moving to another city and starting fresh.
The circumstances of each individual in recovery differs, therefore, getting accountability and a new set of friends is crucial when it comes to achieving things that were once just a surreal dream.
Keeping in mind your goal of drug abstinence, an article on Psychology Today, “5 Ways to Stay Sober While Traveling,” suggests picking destinations wisely with a support group.
One way to travel and ensure sobriety is by utilizing a sober tour. These tours offered throughout the year for various destinations consist of alcohol-free activities and cruises.
Remember, traveling can be the right experience to placing your new recovery in perspective. Just like visiting a foreign city, it’s a new journey, but the experience will last a lifetime.
Throw a Party to Celebrate Sober Anniversaries
This doesn’t have to be your mama’s party.
Celebrating sobriety in a sober setting with sober friends can be the perfect way to pride yourself on the progress you’ve made in the past year or five years of your recovery.
Living substance-free doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the things that are most important to you, such as friends, family, and independence.
I mean who doesn’t like to bust a move every once in a while with people closest to you?
For those contemplating a party for a sober anniversary or even a birthday, here is a list of activities or themes you can recreate:
1. Base your party on an activity such as skating. By renting out a skating rink and adding in a ‘70s theme with the décor and music to match, you can enjoy a blissful night of laughing with friends without the influence of drugs.
2. Take advantage of the beach. Whether you moved here for treatment or are a South Florida native, the beach is a great place to have a daytime celebration. Head to Ft. Lauderdale beach and take advantage of one of its water activities, such as jet skiing and kayaking. Click here and enjoy a coupon for $10 off for one hour of jet skiing.
3. Make your celebration interactive. If your friends are also in recovery or you want to inspire others to live sober, DIY activities can be a great way to show them how. Making alcohol-free beverages with your guests or implementing ice breakers and games allow the guests to get to know one another without the “liquid courage” of hard liquor.
Find a new hobby in your spare time
If you’ve spent most of your life battling addiction and its circumstances, then you’ve probably stripped yourself of many creative hobbies that can fulfill one’s craving to switch things up.
The word hobby might incite phrases such as “boring” or “cliché” in your mind. But finding activities to do in your spare time can awaken a hidden talent or even connect you to others with a similar interest.
Maybe you enjoyed dancing while you were younger and even went to school for it, but an injury became the premise for your opioid addiction. Or you could’ve been the troubled teen who struggled with your identity and was influenced by negative peers, so you learned to numb the pressure with heroin.
Turning the things that may have been the trigger for addiction into something positive will be the turning point in your recovery. Getting back up and conquering the things you were once passionate about will also inspire those around you.
So if you were a dancer or an athlete, consider taking classes or getting back involved in the sport.
If you used to be ridiculed in high school about your interest in peculiar music, join a band and pick up an instrument.
If you were a mother who fought the custody battle after addiction to get her kids back, then counsel young mothers who are also struggling with a similar battle.
It’s never too late to join an organization or try a new activity. After all, recovery is about taking life one step at a time while actively and constantly conquering addiction.
Looking for Treatment?
If you, or a loved one, are struggling with substance abuse, our specialists at Pathway to Hope are available to help with treatment. Even if it may seem like you’ve hit rock bottom, recovery is just one step and one open door away. Here at Pathway to Hope, we are committed to the well-being of our clients to ensure a lifelong recovery. Call us today at (844) 557-8575 and begin a second chance at a full and healthy life.
Did You Know…?
Did you know September is National Recovery Month? Throughout this month, Pathway to Hope and other Delphi facilities have published a range of series and featured articles so that our readers can take a deeper look into the effects of addiction and recovery.
If you missed any featured series or articles, check out our calendar.
Also, Delphi has launched its “Inspiring Wellness Scholarship” for those who are unable to afford treatment.