Whether you’ve already quit drugs, or you’re getting ready to go to rehab, you may be asking yourself “how will I ever have fun again?” For many addicts, having fun in recovery is a bewildering idea and one which, if not addressed, can cause a lot of fear or anxiety. After all, from the time we are young, we are told to “go out and have fun”. If all you know how to do is drink or get high, this could pose a big dilemma once you’ve found sobriety.
Luckily, you do not have to settle for a boring, dull life. The truth is that being sober can open up so many new possibilities which are fun, exciting and rewarding. If you’re feeling stuck and don’t know where to begin to have fun, we’ll give you a few healthy ideas. All you need is a desire to enjoy a sober life and everything that it has to offer.
Think About What You’ve Always Wanted to Do
Surely you’ve said at one point or another “I’ve always wanted to do _____.” Now that you are in recovery, try to make a list of all these things. Don’t worry about whether or not it’s practical at the time. If you have always wanted to sky dive, add it to the list. Whatever it is, write it down and then review each thing. Try to rank them from 1-5; one being the most attainable and five being something you will have to work for. Now that you have this list, it’s time to start crossing each fun activity out!
An addiction is expensive; each month an addict can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to fulfill their needs. Now that you are sober, you may find saving money in recovery is relatively easy. Although your bills and necessary expenditures should come first, try setting a realistic amount you would like to save from every paycheck – even if it’s $10. Put this in a bank account and don’t touch it. Consider this money your reward for getting sober and use it for something you’ve always wanted to do. You deserve it.
Most people like to travel. Seeing new places, meeting new people and experiencing life in a different area is exciting. Just the thought of not knowing what to expect can be invigorating. Traveling has become a go to coping method for people in recovery as well as, individuals and families who need to escape the stress from work or home life. It’s an opportunity to get away, refresh and restore the body and mind.
Granted, during the first few months of recovery it’s a good idea to stay close to home because you require structure, routine and support. When you do feel ready, take time to travel. Even if it is 30 minutes up the road or for only two days; make an effort to do something fun for yourself. The outdoors is full of endless possibilities without drugs or alcohol. Try camping, skiing, hiking, swimming, scuba diving. Whether you’re in a city or rural area, there is sure to be something nearby which allows you to let go and have fun in recovery.
If you’re going somewhere far, the anticipation of planning your travel will be exciting in itself. Read about the local customs, the things to do and places you want to go. Don’t forget to keep a journal of this new adventure which you can reflect upon at a later date.
Relax, Unwind and Laugh
Laughing is one of the best kinds of self-induced therapy. If you’re having one of those days in which everything seems to be going wrong, take a step back and look at the situation. In fact, find amusement and learn how to laugh at what life has brought you in that moment. If you can laugh at yourself or at a time, you will start to see the endless possibilities for laughter in your own life. Next time you’re rushing to work wearing the wrong colors because you were in such a hurry, take a minute a just laugh it off. Plus, laughing is completely free.
If you don’t find the laughter coming too easily, you can coax it out. Open up YouTube to find hilarious comedy shows, movies or short films; just type the word ‘laugh’ in the search to pull up a huge selection of options.
For a night out, head to a recovery comedy show. These are available in larger cities and specialize in sober standup comedy. This means there will be no alcohol or drugs served to the audience; everyone who is there will be in a similar circumstance.
Find a Hobby
If you’ve gone to rehab, you may have been encouraged to find a new hobby to help you have fun in recovery. As cliché as it may sound, it’s true. Don’t feel as if a hobby must be something like building model airplanes. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Rather a hobby can be things like basketball, golf, card collecting, chess playing, hiking, painting or fishing to name a few. Anything that you enjoy doing can be a hobby. Remember, you may need to search far and wide to find something you like to do on a regular basis; rest assured you will discover a hobby just right for you.
Not only can you have fun in recovery by getting active, but you can also get into shape and feel good. Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to go to the gym to get active – this environment is not for everyone. There are many alternative ways to work out and include, martial arts, vinyasa yoga, rock climbing, hula hooping, Zumba dancing, archery, abseiling, kite boarding and surfing. Some of these activities are free and others will require you to have minimal equipment. If you don’t know what these are, do some research on the internet. Remember, you don’t have to be super strong or in tip top shape to get involved. Everyone has to start somewhere so let go of any fear or judgments and start doing; it’s fun!
Learning to Have Fun at our Thailand Rehab Center
Serenity Chiang Rai is nestled in the foothills of Chiang Rai, Thailand. Our program combines integrated treatment with a variety of fitness activities and outdoor excursions to ensure individuals have the chance to relax the mind, feel good and have fun. Our rehab program includes weekend trips to special temples, waterfalls or National Parks. Sometimes we’ll go mountain biking, hiking, bamboo rafting or elephant trekking. Our staff emphasizes the importance of learning to have fun in recovery; however, if this is a challenge, individuals can further discuss this in therapy, counselling or group sessions.
If you would like to know more about our private treatment center in Thailand, contact Serenity Chiang Rai today.