Many people in active addiction think sober life sounds boring. They have no idea how to have fun without alcohol or drugs, so they continue drinking and using. This is where recreational therapy and holistic therapy programs can come into play: they teach people to have fun without alcohol and drugs.
What most people lack is knowledge and experience. They don’t know what to do, and therefore, have very little experience doing fun things that don’t involve being intoxicaed. Choosing activities that do not threaten their health and safety not only keeps them sober, but enhances life on almost every level.
The Importance of Learning How to Have Fun in Recovery
Addiction is a powerful disease. It alters a person’s thoughts and behaviors in countless ways. Abnormal becomes normal – as long as it keeps the person in the cycle of using or drinking.
No one wants to stop doing something they believe makes them happy, despite facing negative consequences. Their brain justifies and rationalizes their addiction. It works since they believe having fun in recovery is impossible.
The reality is there is nothing fun about being bound to drug use or drinking. Faced with a choice between maintaining a high and family obligations, the high wins every time. While that may be fun in the short-term, almost no one alive would agree that’s the right choice.
How to Have Fun in Recovery and Reduce Stress
Gaining the courage to seek addiction therapy services is a great way to begin a new life. Adjusting can be stressful as the person tries to avoid relapsing. Having fun in therapy reduces stress that may trigger a setback.
Laughter is good medicine during substance abuse treatment. Enjoying good times with family members is another great way to relieve stress. Many days of their addiction were spent neglecting loved ones. This also gives the person a chance to make amends.
How to Have Fun and Prevent Boredom
Transitioning to sobriety leaves a lot of free time. Idle time may lead to anger, bitterness, depression, and potentially relapse. Experiential therapy programs prepare a person for these moments.
Experiential therapy uses tools and activities to deal with the uncomfortable aspects of recovery. Becoming bored may lead the person to think sobriety is not a good thing. During experiential therapy, they learn to turn to productive and fun things that fill gaps that were once occupied with activities related to addiction.
Get the Most from Your Time in Recovery
Having fun in recovery is within reach. Beacon House offers life-changing treatment that gives you new meaning in life.
We offer fun, holistic treatment options such as:
When you do these activities, you remember that life without alcohol and drugs can be the opposite of boring. In fact, it can be tons of fun.
Contact us at 1 (831) 372-4366 and we will help you find your path out of addiction