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Friday, February 21, 2020

Having Fun Helps Prevent Relapse

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If you are new to addiction recovery, then you need to do everything in your power to prevent relapse. In treatment, your counselors and therapists taught you effective methods for coping with stress and emotions. You likely learned valuable tools for managing cravings and avoiding risky situations that can cause triggers.

Now that you are back in the world, either living in a sober living or at home, you are putting the tools you learned to use. Hopefully, you are attending 12 Step meetings, have found a homegroup, and are working with a sponsor already. If you are not, then we strongly encourage you to act immediately.

Addiction is a chronic mental and behavioral health disorder. Recovery depends on daily maintenance to keep your disease in remission. Those who think that they can take what they learned in treatment and go it alone usually end up relapsing in the first year of recovery.

Long-term addiction recovery requires fellowship; working with others is essential to continued progress. Without a support network, men and women fall back to being accountable to themselves only. Support groups, on the other hand, help you stay on track and are essential to preventing relapse.

Please do not discount the importance of bonding with others in recovery. People who you meet at 12 Step groups will both support your recovery and become life-long friends. Clean and sober friends take the place of old using buddies. Such individuals are who you will have clean and sober fun with when you're not in meetings or doing step work.

Clean and Sober Fun in Recovery


While addiction recovery is a serious matter, it’s vital to make time to have a good time. Men and women in sobriety are not sticks in the mud, and they know how to have fun in recovery.

If you are new to the program, then you may not know how to have fun without drugs and alcohol yet. Making friends with people in your support network is an essential ingredient in learning healthy methods of entertaining yourself.

It’s worth pointing out that having fun distracts you from thinking about the past or future too much. Getting outdoors and being active with your sober friends will help you stay present. Staying focused on the 'here and now' is crucial to achieving long-term progress.

Some individuals in early recovery are inclined to isolate, which is not healthy. Those who spend time with others outside of meetings strengthen their recovery significantly. Here in Southern California, we are fortunate to have mountains and the ocean as our playgrounds. People in recovery take advantage of the great outdoors, some ski and snowboard, while others go hiking or surfing.

Another excellent way of learning how to have fun in recovery is taking part in recovery retreats organized by Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous members or groups. There are also yearly conventions; thousands of young and older adults come together to have a blast in recovery. It can be a lot of fun to meet people from across the country and globe who share the same goal as you.

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Please contact Celebrate Hope if your loved one needs assistance with an alcohol or substance use disorder. We help clients reconnect with the spiritual teaching of Jesus Christ and introduce them to 12 Step recovery. Our highly trained clinicians rely on evidence-based therapies to break the cycle of addiction and teach men and women how to prevent relapse.

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