Sober Fun: How do You Enjoy Life Without Drugs or Alcohol?
Some people mistakenly think that they can’t have fun without drugs or alcohol, or that living sober must be miserable and boring. The truth is that there is no shortage of ways to enjoy life while being alcohol-free and drug-free. We recently asked some of our amplif(i) Peer Educators what they do to have fun sober. Here are their answers.
Chad: “I have more fun now in sobriety than I ever did when I was using drugs and alcohol. I have always enjoyed playing basketball, but since I stopped using drugs and alcohol, I have become a much better athlete. I’m able to dunk a basketball now, which is a lot of fun. I’m surrounded by the greatest sober friends who love me for the person I am, and we have a lot of fun together. I also DJ sober parties, which is a total blast.”
Jason: “I work out and play competitive sports with friends. I surround myself with the positivity of art, expression, live shows, and people who care about me. I also go hiking and camping, and spend time giving back to the community.”
Brittany: “I have fun by making people laugh, whether it’s through jokes or silly pranks. I love spending time with my little cousins, going to see kid movies or just sitting on the couch watching cartoons. I enjoy baking even though I’m not very good at it. But getting to eat as I go is the best part. I also like watching videos on YouTube and playing video games. I’m not very good at video games, but I like to pretend I know what I’m doing.”
Ramzi: “For fun, my friends and I like to do a lot of things. We like to play basketball, or play music. Since a lot of my friends and I love movies, we like to watch movies, or even make our own movies when we have enough time. We also do volunteer service in the community. But ultimately, if my friends and I get together, we’re going to have fun.”
Meredith: “My idea of fun continues to change as I try different things and have new life experiences. I usually have the most fun with other people, doing things like playing volleyball, listening to live music, going on bike rides, playing board games, going to improv shows or the movies, bonfires, swimming, and taking day trips out of town. I am able to have fun when I am alone too, doing things such as yoga, baking, and do-it-yourself crafts. Ultimately though, fun is about your attitude. I could probably have fun doing anything if I was with the right people and had a positive mindset or attitude.”
Aiden: “When I got sober, I was drawn into the art community here in Phoenix. With gallery openings and live local music almost every night of the week, there’s never a dull moment. Being a recovering drug addict, I frequently crave excitement, and there is definitely no shortage of it in this environment. Being an artist and musician myself, when I crave quiet I am able to work on my own creations in healthy and fulfilling solitude. I was blind to these joys prior to getting sober. What I found in these avenues was much more than a sufficient social substitute for drugs and alcohol.”
Andrea: “I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. We love to just be silly and laugh a lot. We play board games, have movie marathons, and go out to dinner. I also like to spend time by myself. I love to just relax and watch some of my favorite TV shows, read, play piano, and bake.”
Shana: “How can you have fun sober? Make giant art projects, write poetry without rhyming, go on a bike ride to somewhere you’ve never driven your car, find the tallest elevator downtown and ride it, look at the stars with your friends and see who can scream out the names of the constellations the loudest. That all might sound pretty random, but that’s how I come up with fun.”
As you can see, there are many things you can do to have fun and enjoy life without drugs or alcohol. The answers above show a wide variety of ways that people have a good time sober, and yet this is only a tiny sample of the countless choices that you have. The only limit is your imagination.
How do you have fun?
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