Addiction recovery isn’t all about medical detox and therapy. Recovery needs to be supplemented with a variety of wellness and support methods in order to have the best opportunity for success. The good news is these features don’t necessarily need to feel like recovery “work.” They can be enjoyable, social, and overall bright in your everyday schedule. Healthy recovery features can be things like finding a fellowship, attending group meetings, and participating in sober recreational activities.
What Is Fellowship Anyway?
A fellowship is essentially a support network of like-minded people in similar circumstances. They’re your peers in recovery. Certain fellowship groups — namely Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous — have become very popular in the recovery world. Many people have found long-term success in recovery using these groups and the 12-step modalities they utilize.
Why Is Fellowship So Important?
Like many struggles, addiction and recovery are not meant to be faced alone. Having a support network means access to encouragement when you’re doing well and critical help in times of crisis. Fellowship groups share stories, offer guidance and support, and provide positive reinforcement on a regular basis.
Benefits of Finding a Fellowship:
- Healthy relationships with others in similar circumstances
- Accountability to attend meetings
- Accessible support in times of crisis
- Daily positive reinforcement
- Opportunity to offer encouragement and support to others
Why Should Recreational Activities Be Incorporated in Recovery?
Participating in sober recreational activities provides physical, emotional, and social growth.
In the depths of their addictions, addicts typically engage in harmful activities for the sole purpose of getting that next hit and chasing the high. Incorporating recreational activities in residential treatment helps reinforce healthier habits and a more positive outlook. These activities also help establish social bonds and provide a recovering addict with the opportunity to work on their relationship with others.
Additionally, many recreational activities help build strength and improve physical health, which likely fell to the wayside during addiction.
Common Recreational Activities In Treatment:
- Bike rides
- Beach visits (if near the coast)
- Nature walks
- Workouts / gym access
If you’ve completed treatment, incorporating these activities into your daily or weekly routine is still highly beneficial for long-term recovery. They’re essentially healthy ways to fill your leisure time now that drugs and alcohol are out of the picture.