When most people think of recovery from alcoholism or addiction they think of a room of sullen looking individuals, drinking coffee, sitting in a circle and bemoaning how they struggle not to drink or use every day. They imagine this occurring in a church basement somewhere as smoke from a hundred lit cigarettes billow up to the ceiling, covering the room in a cloud of white mist. They imagine middle-aged men and a few women standing to address their fellows to tell them how the slipped the other day and how their life is in shambles— the whole scene the antithesis of joy and fun.
This image of the recovering addict or alcoholic comes courtesy of popular culture, where it is propagated year after year in television shows and movies. Over the past decade the wider public has become more aware of what it means to be sober, but still there is this lingering notion that giving up drugs or alcohol, means giving up any joy you once had in your life.
The truth is that this depiction of recovery could not be further from the truth, and while many do wonder what they will do for recreation in sobriety when they first come in, they quickly learn that they can have more fun being sober then they could ever have while using.
Recreation in Sobriety
The important thing to remember here, and something that is often forgotten when an individual initially gets sober, is that the last days of your drinking or using were more than likely not a party. They were not like the early days when it was still fun to drink with friends, but rather they were a cacophony of misery and despair. These days were more than likely spent in isolation, as relationships had been torn asunder and the wreckage of your life seemed to be knocking at your door.
Yet, many alcoholics and addicts are afraid to leave this misery for the unknowns of recovery. They believe that they will never have fun again, disregarding the fact that they were probably not having fun for quite some time.
Once sober they quickly realize the fallacy of this way of thinking as they see genuine smiles on the faces of their fellows and hear laughter pouring out of the rooms of 12 Step meetings. They quickly come to realize that there are boundless possibilities for recreation in sobriety and when they come to realize this, their entire life changes. They are no longer afraid of what they will do for recreation in sobriety but rather they are afraid that they will not have enough time to do everything they want to do. They will make friendship that they never knew they could have and experience things they only ever dreamed about.
At Pasadena Recovery Center we understand how important it is to have fun in your recovery. We understand that sitting in groups all day and talking about the problems that you have had in your life can truly take a toll on an individual and as such we offer a number of recreations in sobriety in order to help you learn to enjoy your recovery.
Some of the recreations in sobriety that we offer are:
- Music therapy
- Nature walks
- Softball league
We believe that by showing our clients that they can have fun in sobriety, and by offering recreation in sobriety, we do them a great service, because they are able to equate sobriety with happiness, rather than fear and anguish.
Many times when an individual attempts to stop using drugs or alcohol on their own, they find the experience unbearable and so they begin to think that being sober is a terrible thing, but by showing our clients that they can have fun in their recovery, we allow them to see the truth: that sobriety is so much better than using ever was.
However, with all of that said, we understand if you are still skeptical of this idea, and so we ask that you come and experience it for yourself. Give us a call today and let us show you how much fun recreation in sobriety can be. Allow us to walk with you through the good times and the bad, as you make your way to a happy sober life.
Finding the Right Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center
If you believe that you may have a problem with alcoholism or addiction and you think that you may need to seek help, then call the professionals at Pasadena Recovery Center today at 1-866-663-3030. Our trained staff is well aware of how difficult it can be to ask for help and we understand that leaving behind a life of addiction for a life of recovery can be tremendously frightening. We are here to help you in any way we can through this trying and difficult time, so give us a call today and take the first step towards a new life of sobriety.