What does that even mean? Is it possible? How? Why?
Many people in the early stages of recovery from substance dependency are faced with these questions? It makes a lot of sense if you think about. While actively using your substance of choice, you may have thought (in the beginning at least) that you were having fun. It may have been social, and you were with friends who were doing the same thing as you. You spent time at bars, clubs, sporting events, concerts, restaurants, vacation destinations etc. all socially acceptable. But eventually you substance use/dependency/addiction starting taking over, Taking away the fun and excitement that was once there. And as your addiction continued to overtake the things that were important to you it also started taking you away from the things that interested you, that you found enjoyment in. it started to rob you of your hobbies and social events and the things that helped define who you were and made life feel full and balanced.
So…. How do you start having fun and enjoying yourself, creating balance and satisfaction.
Try a few of these ideas.
Make a list of the things you enjoyed doing before your addiction and try doing them again.
Make a list of all the things you have wanted to do, but never “found the time” when using. One at a time try these things.
Reach out to people who you had disconnected from while in active addiction and reconnect, make plans with them and follow through.
For those of you who are drawing a blank, here are so more direct ideas, give them a shot, you don’t know until you try:
Join a gym
Learn to play an instrument
Take some art classes
Join a bowling league
Get involved in an organized sport
Go on day trips, the zoo, the aquarium the art gallery etc.
Join a book club
Go to a comedy show
Being able to have fun in recovery is hard sometimes, but it’s also incredibly important. Not many people are successful at things they do not enjoy doing. Get out there and take a chance trying new things and be kind to yourself. If one thing doesn’t work for you, try something else. Having fun doesn’t only make recovery easier but it also creates purpose, it reinforces the positive change you have decided to make, it keeps you busy and in the moment. Now get out there and have some fun! If you need any extra support, please reach out to us at 1-855-923-4673.