Enjoying Life in Recovery

Relapse Prevention Blog: Bowling

Fun in Sobriety

I got sober when I was 19, and by far one of my biggest worries was that I would miss out on being young and having fun. Of course I didn’t consider at the time that my life over the last couple years, cooped up in someone else’s messy drug den waiting for my next fix, was not what most people would consider fun.

I believe that learning to have a good time in sobriety is one of the most important parts of relapse prevention. I had to re-learn how to be with people without being high and how to put my self in social situations I found uncomfortable and deal with the discomfort. I found out that it is not the event that makes it fun, but what you bring to it.

Today I am able to enjoy things that before I got sober I would have dreaded. I went to the West Hollywood Halloween parade (I hate big crowds) and had fun, I went mini golfing (I suck at sports) and had fun, hell, I can hit up CVS with the right company and have a better time than I would have had two years ago getting drunk. Personally I’ve never been a big fan of clubs or parties, but I know plenty of people who are, and once they are comfortable in their sobriety they are still able to go and have just as much fun as they used to.

In sobriety, not only are there still plenty of things to do, I actually have more fun doing them than I did before.

Written By: Shayna Niewald , An Alumni of Beit T’Shuvah

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One Response to “Enjoying Life in Recovery”

  1. Gini Bowling Says:

    Shayna,

    It’s amazing to read what you have written. You have really grown. Having had the pleasure of going through treatment with you at Beit T’Shuvah, and watching you work in an environment that I know challenges your nerves, (doing prevention and speaking publicly) is truly inspiring. Looking back, I remember experiencing all of those scary things like going to a Dodger game, or going to the movies that today, doesn’t seem so scary. (Yes….the dodgers can be scary when you are early in sobriety) FUN? I didn’t know what fun was either. As a matter of fact, at the beginning, when I was forced to have “mandatory fun”, I panicked. I laugh when I think about that now.

    :)

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