by Sarah Lockwood and Jodee Kulp
For many, conquering Alcohol Use Disorder has been a hard won battle, but you emerged feeling and doing much better. Recovering from addiction is tough. It’s well worth it, of course, but there are days when things are a bit more rough than others.
Take social activities. Now more than ever, you have the human need to socialize and spend time with other people. In fact, these activities are important to keeping your sobriety alive. But they can also be full of temptation. Going to see a band you love at a local bar could be just the scene that got you addicted in the first place.
Then what can you do?
How can you avoid temptation and still get your social needs met?
Staying Social Is Healthy
Alcohol Use Disorder is a unique. While you can keep it under control, you always have to be careful about it coming back. It gets easier with each year of sobriety, but you can’t go it alone. Being in any type of recovery and healing process means you need the company of others to keep your mood and spirits up.
That’s why hobbies and activities are so important. By keeping your mind active, you can help avoid the depression and dark days that come with recovery. It’s not a guarantee, but it certainly helps.
Here’s how social activities help you when you’re recovering from addiction:
- Fun and laughter are available to you without using.
- Getting active with people can help you build the communication skills you need.
- Your stress level goes down when you’re busy having fun, decreasing your chances of a relapse.
- As you meet new people and have great time, your self-esteem goes up knowing you can do all of that without being high.
You can learn how to have fun without using. You might think you know that already, but many people are surprised to learn they’ve forgotten how to socialize. They are not confident knowing they can have fun and also remain sober. Many of us spend way too much time online or watching television.
Finding a hobby or activity
Hobbies are anything you do that’s for fun. You don’t get paid in money for it, you get paid in spirit love. It is what you do in your free time that helps lessen your stress, smile and connect with other people. Hobbies are a meeting point while you step intro new and interesting adventures with others. Now’s the time to try something new or something old in a new way.
- What did you like doing when you were a smaller child?
- What experiences have you had that made you laugh?
- Do you have a project in your home right now that has gathered dust?
- Browse a sporting goods, craft store, book store, music store. What gets your hearts attention?
- Visit a gym, library, museum, park
- Join a community or faith class
- Check out this List of 50 Low Cost Hobbies that will excite you
We are all in this together.
If you know someone in the healing process of addictions, reach out and invite them to be a part of your healthy community. Make sure it’s a time of acceptance, positive energy and sober fun. You can be the braided cord that make the difference for a full life. If you are a friend of a person who is conquering addictions, you may be able to build your own understanding for support and strength ar Online AlaNon Meetings
Sarah Lockwood watched her daughter struggle with addiction for years. Despite being a former social worker, Sarah found that it wasn’t always easy to find the resources she needed in order to help her daughter treat her addiction. Sarah created ThePreventionCoalition.org to offer resources on substance abuse and addiction treatment and also to provide an online forum where loved ones of people dealing with substance abuse can meet and get the support they need.
Jodee Kulp has been immersed in the realities of Alcohol Use Disorders since a child beginning with celebrating the renewal of her family and parents who remained in sobriety 35 years after recovery, parenting children living with prenatal trauma and exposure to alcohol, embracing teens and adults through recovery. She is an international advocate for building better baby brains and Free Spirit Living. In 1986, she created Better Endings New Beginnings to offer research, resources and support for families and persons living with the complex challenges while in the healing process. In 2016, she co-founded the international effort, RealMindz.com.