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If you are a recovering addict or alcoholic, you may feel that it is difficult if not impossible to have fun without drinking alcohol. However people can have a perfectly good time and enjoy social situations without drinking alcohol. Every single day families and groups of friends have great fun without a drop of alcohol.

Find places in your area where other people have fun without drinking alcohol and avoid places where you know there will be alcohol. Water parks, beaches and public parks, community events, movie theaters and civic theaters are all drug and alcohol-free environments. Seek out these places, and seek out friends who won’t or don’t drink. They can help you stay sober by example and by holding you accountable.

Good old-fashioned conversation is highly satisfying and usually includes lots of good stories, funny anecdotes and jokes. Get with friends, have a meal and stay to talk about the good old times. Find a friend or group of friends to engage in a physical activity with. Take up yoga, cycling, jogging or join a group that not only exercises but also socializes together. Find a hobby. If possible find a group through an AA program in your area that is devoted to not drinking, perhaps is even made up of members who have been through rehab. If you are going out on the town with friends, be the proactive person who volunteers to be the designated driver. Don’t wait for others to direct the group to situations that might compromise you. Make positive suggestions about how and where to spend time together. How to have fun without drinking alcohol includes but is not limited to:

  • going to the movies or even better renting a movie at Blockbuster or Redbox (in most Wal-Mart stores)…
  • getting some exercise by roller blading, biking, walking, hiking, skiing, playing basketball, football, volleyball, tennis…
  • working on a house project like gardening, painting or redecorating…
  • hanging out with your friends at the mall, beach, park, skating ring, or at home…
  • doing everyday things like enjoying vacations, reading a book, playing your guitar, writing a song, planning and celebrating birthdays, get togethers, picnics, anniversaries…

and the list goes on and on.

Most of the time recovering alcoholics and addicts end up finding that they inherently know how to have fun without drinking alcohol. This is one of the many gifts of working a 12-step program and finding a fellowship around you. Also if you happen to be in the Delray Beach, FL area you are in luck because this is the recovery capital of the world. This means that there are plenty of people around and things to do to show you how to have fun without drinking alcohol.

Anyone can have fun without drinking alcohol doing pretty much anything its really just a mindset and the ability to link other activities with pleasure instead of drinking alcohol. Most of the time alcoholics and addicts will find that they have more fun without drinking alcohol then they did when they were drinking. Without drinking alcohol there is no risk of a hangover, blackout, jails, consequences etc. Its good, clean fun and its much more carefree.

If you or someone you know wants to learn how to have fun without drinking alcohol please don’t hesitate to call 800-951-6135.

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