Sober Fun: 35 Ways to Have Fun in Sobriety

by baladmin | November 15, 2014

Learning to have sober fun is key to maintaining sobriety

In active addiction, we often lost interest in things that were once enjoyable. Having fun without the influence of drugs and alcohol seemed impossible. In early sobriety, one of the difficulties many recovering people face is learning to have fun again.

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “…But we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.”

Here are 35 activities to enjoy in sobriety!

1. Hold a sober game nightsober fun

2. Go on a zip line tour

3. Go bowling

4. Go for a hike

5. Go rock climbing – indoors or outdoors

6. Attend a sober convention or conference

7. Start a softball league

8. Go surfing

9. Play golf

10. Sober tailgating – Recovery First Tailgaters

11. Community  service/volunteer work

12. Go to a comedy club with sober friends

13. Attend parties/dinners celebrating milestones in recovery

14. Try paddle-boarding

15. Take a cooking class or buy a cookbook and learn a new recipe

16. Have a movie night – in or out

17. Learn to play an instrument

18. Start a scrapbook

19. Exercise – join a gym

20. Visit a bookstore or library and read a new book

21. Go camping

22. Take a road trip

23. Attend a concert with sober friends

24. Go white water rafting

25. Attend a 12-step meeting and fellowship with other people in recovery!

26. Go to an amusement park

27. Attend seasonal events: haunted houses for Halloween, feed the homeless on Thanksgiving (Gobble-Gobble Give), Christmas or holiday parties in December

28. Try out a new restaurant or food you’ve never tried before

29. Do yoga

30. Play laser tag

31. Travel – go to meetings in other places

32. Go road biking

33. Make a bonfire

34. D.I.Y. crafts

35. Go on a sober cruise


In sobriety, being open to different experiences helps you find yourself and enjoy life again. Many of us have lost our passion for life, and we have regained it through fellowship and learning how to enjoy life without the influence of drugs and alcohol.


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