Best Resources for a Healthy Social Life After Addiction Treatment
While you were busy using, you might have forgotten about hobbies you loved and the people you loved to do them with. You may have even burned some bridges by mistreating your friends and family members while under the influence.
Making amends is an important part of addiction recovery, as it allows you to rebuild your social supports and cultivate a healthy social life. But it’s just as important to make new friends and start off fresh. Here are some tips for enjoying a healthy social life after alcohol or drug treatment.
Do What You Love and You’ll Meet Who You Love
Now that you are sober, it’s time to reconnect with the things that bring you joy. Take the time to do some deep thinking and to rediscover who you are and what makes you happy.
Do you like sports? Playing board games? Hiking through the woods? Doing crafts? Critiquing movies? Drawing?
If you do what you love, you’re guaranteed to find friends that you love too. There’s nothing more powerful than bonding over a common interest.
Join Local Online Groups
To stay connected with local happenings, join local online groups. MeetUp.com is one example of a website that helps to connect like-minded people. Facebook is another excellent way to connect with people who are in your area and have a particular interest. Get to know people and look for opportunities to connect in real life.
Join an Amateur Sports League
Most cities have amateur sports leagues that let you exercise your body and competitive spirit while making lifelong friends. Not sure which sports you like? Try taking a lesson or two. Then join a team, try not to take yourself too seriously, and look for opportunities to hang out with your new friends off the field.
Don’t forget about dance classes, running groups, archery and the like. These may not be as strongly associated with the word “sport” as, say, baseball or basketball, but they’ll get you moving and give you excellent goals to work toward while having fun at the same time.
Volunteering is one of the best ways to let your passion shine, and you’re guaranteed to meet some of the nicest people. Volunteer with children, the elderly, animals, or even with a drug treatment program. Or volunteer to help clean up the neighborhood, plant trees or teach a skill.
Traveling with a tour group can be a fun way to socialize without feeling pressured to commit to a full-fledged friendship. Laugh and chat with strangers while you see the sights. It’s a good excuse to hang out with some of your friends, both new and old, too.
The best way to stay sober is to surround yourself with supportive friends. Don’t wait for friends to come knocking on your door. Get out and meet people, call your existing friends, make plans, and know that you are always worth spending time with.