You are able to live a healthy and happy lifestyle without a toxic environment surrounding you. With sobriety comes a lot of changes; while they might take some time getting used to, these changes will only benefit you. You can still have fun while staying sober, and there are many activities you can partake in to allow you to enjoy life with friends and family. The treatment experts at Banyan Treatment Center understands how important and sacred your sobriety is, especially in the early stages of recovery. Sobriety takes constant maintenance, and the recovery journey never ends.
When it comes to relationships, as well as activities that are valuable to you, being present in that exact moment will help you to have fun and not stress about outside factors that life can throw at you. Try to eliminate distractions by putting your phone down. This will help you to really focus on the people and activities you love. Even though you are practicing sobriety, you can still enjoy the moment and have lots of laughs when you spend your time with supportive and positive people. There will be an adjustment period while becoming comfortable with activities that you used to have fun doing during your alcohol use; however, the temporary transition will fade, and you will learn to enjoy all sober moments.
Find a sport or hobby that will allow you to release your energy in a positive way, such as going on a run or playing volleyball with friends. By staying active you’ll be exercising, as well as keeping busy. This will keep you distracted so you’re no longer easily tempted with drugs or alcohol. Any sports game or activity is a fun way to spend time with the people you love. These activities also allow the release of dopamine to the brain. You will feel a natural high from any sports activity, and this will replace any toxic high that you used to crave.
We suggest that you stay away from parties that include alcohol or drugs, especially at the beginning stages of your sobriety, so that there are no temptations present. Surround yourself with supportive individuals and you’ll be able to enjoy the small moments.