Finding things to do when you are newly sober can sometimes be a challenge. Having a sober support network can make that journey a bit easier. Having activities that you can do together with this group or on your own eliminates the possibility of putting yourself in an uncomfortable situation that could put your sobriety at risk. A group therapy program is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded peers about your shared challenges and even seek out sober activities together as a group.
Sober Group Activities
There are lots of fun sober activities that you can take part in any time of year. Try them in a group with like-minded sober friends, or do them on your own for a bit of adventure. Here are a few ideas.
1. Local Adventures
Exploring your local area can unearth many hidden gems. It could be a park you heard about, a community event, or even a restaurant. Having a sober companion with you on your adventure can put you at ease so that you have a buffer if you come across any triggers.
2. Get Outside
Being in nature can be very therapeutic. It’s also a safe environment for you to do something on your own with little risk to your sobriety. Take a hike, go for a walk, sign up for a 5k, or try a new sport. Maybe even start a sober team of your own.
3. Discover Culture
Whether it’s local theater or going into the big city for a show, try and work in something artistic to your social repertoire. Check out that new exhibit at the museum or catch a band at the local music joint. If you’re traveling out of your comfort zone, take a sober friend or sober supporter with you.
4. Learn Something New
Maybe you used to play the piano, you plan to plant a garden, or you’ve been wanting to try pickleball. Whatever it is, there’s no time like the present to try it.
5. Tell Your Story
Journaling can take many forms, and it can be incredibly therapeutic. Blogs, videos, social media posts, or maybe even the next great novel could be in your future.
How Group Therapy Supports Addiction Recovery
Many people first feel uncomfortable sharing in a group and wonder what should be shared in group therapy. They worry if what they share will be understood by anyone, especially in a group of strangers. After a few sessions, these strangers will become friends and eventually, you will form strong bonds with people in the group. This is how your sober network of peers starts to be built. Some of the benefits of group therapy include:
- Accountability and support from peers who understand where you are coming from
- A safe place to discuss your journey, triggers, successes, and challenges
- A platform to learn from each other
- Positive reinforcement and a sense of community
Staying sober is hard enough, and finding friends who can support your sobriety when you go out is harder. The idea of going out to a social event that may not support your sobriety can be daunting. But there are plenty of fun activities you can take part in that do not put you at risk. Plus, taking part in group therapy gives you a great opportunity to build bonds with a sober support network. These group members can become the perfect partners to try some of these activities out together. Doing it as a group can help you overcome any fear or apprehension and make you more comfortable doing the activity on your own.
Reach Out to NuLife Behavioral Health for Group Therapy
At NuLife Behavioral Health, you can take part in group therapy among peers who are experiencing treatment and recovery right alongside you. The people you meet in group sessions can be people you connect with and form long-term relationships with that carry through outside of a treatment facility. Finding sober activities can be easier when you have other people to do activities with. It can also make an uncomfortable situation more comfortable with the help and support of peers.