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Do I Have to Give Up Fun to Get Sober?Many people worry that getting sober means giving up fun. By the time an addiction takes hold drugs and alcohol are usually a mainstay of socializing, and partying without getting high or drunk is unthinkable. White-knuckling through recovery often leads to relapse. One key to maintaining recovery is finding healthy ways to enjoy life in Anchorage.

Having Fun in Sobriety

In the early stages of recovery individuals should avoid social drug-use triggers and create new social experiences. Suggested action steps include the following:

  • Change playmates. Hanging out with people who use increases the chances that you will too. In early recovery stick with sober buddies.
  • Change playgrounds. Avoid places where you used to use.
  • Get support. Many 12-step programs have extensive social networks.
  • Ask for advice. Find out how an individual in recovery you admire has fun.
  • Think back. Rekindle old hobbies and interests.
  • Prepare for weekends and holidays. Time off can be tempting, so make sure you have a plan. Pencil in fun activities like dinner with a friend or a movie matinee.
  • Bookend events. If attending a non-sober event such as a wedding is unavoidable, check in with a sober friend by phone before and after.
  • Play the tape all the way to the end. When the idea of using seems fun, remember where one drink or drug use can lead.

Many Anchorage residents who get sober say that they have more fun in recovery than they did using. One reason for this is that many substances act as depressants that dampen feelings like joy. Laughter is one experience people often regain in recovery.

Help for Getting Sober and Having Fun

Getting sober is hard work, but you don’t have to do it alone. We are here to help. If you or a loved one suffers from drug or alcohol abuse, please call our toll-free number. We can provide information about treatment for addiction and family support, and we are available to help 24 hours a day. Don’t let addiction steal your joy. Please call us today.