A lot of people think that having sober fun is impossible; especially if they are used to a lifestyle where clubbing and nightlife are the usual. However, there are many fun activities you can do without drugs and alcohol.
It is important during recovery to open yourself to new ideas that can occupy your time.
Being Sober Can Be Fun
Sobriety is boring is a myth. With time, your very definition of fun changes, with the fleeting, risky highs associated with addiction – this gives way to deeper and more long-lasting joys. Learning to have fun without the need for addictive behavior should be an important goal if you are newly sober.
While the concept of fun may sound like a secondary concern compared to the obstacles of maintaining sobriety, it is critically important to be involved in activities that are focused on sobriety and continued recovery.
Along with attending meetings regularly, fellowship conventions should be considered. The newly discovered fun and relationships made, are priceless.
Sober conventions are events that are held on an annual basis; they are typically aligned with 12-step fellowship lines; meaning, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) holds its own functions, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) holds its own functions, so on and so forth.
- AA Conventions: Kampervention is Friday, June 14th – 16th 2019 in June Lake, CA. There will be an AA Speaker, Open Meetings, and Alanon Meetings. Participants will also be offered fishing, hiking, boating, and swimming! There is a Potluck Dinner Saturday evening prior to the main speaker meeting; bring a dish and enjoy the fellowship.
The Hope East Coast Convention Narcotics Anonymous (ECCNA) is Friday, June 21-23 2019 in St. Myers Florida. The main objective of ECCNA is provide a safe place for addicts to meet and attend workshops to further their recovery.
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Conventions: Narcotics Anonymous World Services offers conventions around the world. World Services is a listing service to the registered groups, areas, regions, and zones who provide information on NA conventions.
To find a convention in your area, use the filters to find events surrounding your desired location,
- Heroin Anonymous (HA) Conventions: The Heroin Anonymous State Convention will be July 12th-14th at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. HA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy and neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other heroin addicts to achieve sobriety.
- Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) Conventions: The 2019 General Service Conference
is being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 3-6, 2019. CMA is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth. The cost of the conference is $150.
The CMA Dallas Conference will be Friday, September 27th -29th 2019 at Central Christian Church in Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme is Sunlight of the Spirit and the cost of the conference is $75.
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA) Conventions: The 35th World Convention is July 4th– 8th 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. The convention’s theme is Stockholm Syndrome and has speakers from around the world, inspiring workshops, marathon meetings, world class entertainment and much more. They also welcome anyone who believes they might have a problem with drugs or alcohol. The CA Convention will be held at Hotel Scandic Infra City. There are three different registration packages to choose from.
There are four conventions offered through C.A. Hope, Faith, Courage. There are two conferences in August 2019 and two conferences in October 2019. All four conferences are Friday-Sunday. C.A. is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other. They want to solve their common problem and help others recover from their addiction.
- Celebrate Recovery Conventions: Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers an event calendar tilted, Recovery Month in your area by entering your desired location via the filters.
A Second Chance at a Fulfilling Life
These events can be great places to meet new people from around the country. They can also be great places to get involved with service on a scale that is larger than your local 12-step fellowship.
Disclaimer: ABTRS.com is in no way affiliated with any of the support groups listed above nor do we receive funding from the organization for endorsing their fellowship. Our goal is to educate those in need about aftercare programs that help maintain sobriety and help those struggling with addiction find a meeting. Please attend a meeting for literature or visit their website for more information.