What Are Some Sober Activities?

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Sometimes it can be hard to fill your time when you’re in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Possibly you have too much time on your hands, or you don’t want to miss out on going out with friends, or perhaps you just have no idea what you can do for fun besides partying as you always have.

How Can Sober Activities Help?

Have you just left detox or treatment? Finding sober activities and things you enjoy and want to do can help you in your long-term sobriety.

It’ll help you find purpose and give you the drive and motivation to continue on your journey. Some activities will even help hold you accountable for staying sober, so you don’t lose or miss out on the activity going forward.


Visit movietickets.com to see the latest blockbuster or find a small, local theater to watch an independent film.


Find local leagues of adult sports online, such as basketball, hockey, softball, or flag football. Generally, they’re welcoming to newcomers and make great places to meet new friends.


Many art schools and community colleges offer evening classes like painting, photography, and glass blowing. Join a site like Groupon.com to keep informed of special offers or look online for classes in your area.


Nature can be a powerful healer. Spend an afternoon in the woods with your friend. You can also use a resource like alltrails.com to find a local hiking trail near you

Rock Climbing

The number of indoor climbing gyms and rock-climbing classes is surging, and many of them offer beginner classes.

Family Time

Are you a parent? Aunt or uncle? Invite them to join you for a fun day. You’ll have a great distraction, and the family will be forever grateful for the time with you.

‘Recess sports’

In many parts of the country, kickball and dodgeball are gaining popularity. Play a sport with few rules and is full of fun, and you will feel like a kid again.


Cold weather: snow tubing in the mountains. Warm weather: water tubing on a lake or river. You’ll have a blast either way.


A local retailer may offer cooking, craft, or home improvement classes. Alternatively, you can watch YouTube videos on how to do things.

Tour Your Town

Do people flock to the area when they arrive because of a new restaurant or attraction? Let’s all become tourists for the day and find out something new about our town.

Plan A Trip

It is exciting to plan a trip. You should make a list of all the sites you wish to visit once you arrive.

Complete Goals

Are you a runner or cyclist? Track your progress towards a particular goal (10k? Triathlon?), and you’ll stay motivated.


Explore the neighborhoods you are interested in moving to. Try on expensive clothes and jewelry. Try to live the life you hope to achieve one day, and the positive feelings will spur you on.


A variety of community theaters, playhouses, and university theatres offer regular and affordable performances. Expand your mind by going to a new performance.


Live music can be super beneficial for you in sobriety. Just be sure you’re not on shaky ground first. Find a group to go with and see some of your favorite artists you never thought you’d see when using drugs or drinking.

Play Instruments 

Have you always wanted to learn how to play guitar, piano, drums, or a different instrument but never had the time? Now you can.


Go for a walk. A walk can be meditative and help you keep all your emotions under control. It can be beneficial for long-term physical health as well.


Recovery meetings and support groups, for example, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), are great places to meet like-minded people seeking fun, sober activities.

Make A List of Sober Activities For Yourself

You may find yourself enjoying sober activities throughout your recovery process. Try keeping a mental note or a list of all the things you enjoy doing. You can save a schedule or fill out a planner to keep yourself organized and allow yourself to fill out your daily schedule.

Suppose you or a loved one is struggling with staying sober or can’t find things they enjoy doing after getting sober. Contact us here at New Leaf Detox & Treatment. We are here to help you get your life back on track and start your journey in recovery.