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Making Life More Exciting in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

Sometimes we slip into a rut, where life feels less than exciting and maybe a bit too mundane. What can you do to turn up the wick and liven up your burnt-out routine? At Passages, we encourage you step out of your comfort zone and shake up your routine so that you can thrive in life—without the use of drugs and alcohol. If you are someone who feels their life is not all that exciting, this article is for you.

Getting started, let’s evaluate how you are spending your down time. When you get home from work, or have free time at any given point during the day, what are you doing during that time? Are you taking the opportunity to learn something new or pick up a gratifying hobby? Have you gone anywhere different; away from your standard day-to-today stomping ground?

These are some of the questions you need to first ask yourself if you’re feeling a bit grey, or that you’re in a bit of a rut.

Maybe you are lacking social interaction. Maybe your motivation is at an all-time low. Maybe you have way too much quiet time and not enough courage to put forth the effort in making a change. If so, don’t feel hopeless. There are many things you can do to spice up your life and drive fuel to your inner flame. All it takes are a few changes; maybe even a strong dose of bravery to shake things up. Trust me, this dullness you’re feeling is only temporary—it will pass when you choose to do something about it. Within only 24 hours, with the power you have within yourself, you can begin living a life that is fulfilling and way more exciting.


  1. Shake up your morning routine a couple days a week. Starting the day off differently every so often will help increase your flow of creativity and motivation. Start by planning ahead the night before with 3 major key things you would like to accomplish before lunch time the next day.
  2. Host an event. It could be at your house, at a park, or a venue nearby. Invite friends and family or get involved with com to schedule something to involve the community and like-minded people who would be interested in attending.
  3. Get a make-over or a fresh new look that will have you feeling bold and confident. We don’t recommend taking drastic measures as this could affect your mental and emotional wellbeing. DO make a few minor adjustments to improve your look.
  4. Get out of the house. If you work from home, go work from a coffee shop, library, or park where you are around other people. Sign up for a fitness class or local sporting team to be a part of. Step out of your comfort zone.
  5. Go someplace locally that you’ve never been before, such as an art gallery, museum, book store, animal shelter, or park.
  6. Plan a trip and explore this incredible planet we are so fortunate to live on.
  7. Try a new recipe and invite some friends over for a sober dinner party.
  8. Go to a rock concert.
  9. Move around your furniture to mix up your living space a bit. Maybe add some fun lighting or buy a new piece of art.
  10. Take time to forgive yourself when you’re feeling bored. This is a sign of depression in which you need to look at your current circumstances and adjust your outlook. Remind yourself how fortunate you are to have the life you do. Make changes when necessary, but don’t beat yourself down with negative feelings of regret.


Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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10 Creative Ideas for a Fun Sober Nightlife

By Jennifer McDougall

It is possible to still have a nightlife even though you are sober. When the sun goes down and the night sky begins to settle in you may start to wonder, though, what in the world could you possibly do now that you’re clean and sober?

We have 10 ideas right here for you to help bring some excitement to your sober nightlife.

1. Bowling

You may find that you are a terrific bowler without drugs and alcohol messing up your game.

 2. Coffee & dessert with friends

Did someone say cheesecake and a latte under the stars? Count me in!

 3. Throw a dinner party

Invite your closest sober friends over for a fun-filled night of food, games, and music at your house.

 4. Live music

Check to see the upcoming events and live shows that are coming to a venue near you and invite some of your sober friends to join you.

 5. Movie night

Either go out to see a movie or enjoy a night in with your friends and family, or that special someone in your life.


This website provides a great way to help you connect with people in your area who share the same interests as you. There are also several (non-12 Step) sober groups and activities you can join in on.

 7. Take dance lessons

Get your groove on at a local dance studio! Drag one of your friends or romantic partner to join you.

 8. Attend a fitness class

Most gyms hold classes in the evening so check their schedule and pick a class that best interests you and GO! Grab a smoothie with a pal after class.

 9. Play a game of cards with friends

Put a stack of cards in front of me and I will have you locked into a game of Swedish Rummy in no time. There are so many fun card games you can play with your sober friends, and hey you might even win a few games thanks to a toxic-free mind that is no longer polluted with drugs and alcohol!

 10. Miniature golf

Remember how much fun you used to have to play miniature golf as a kid? Well, you can relive those fun times by getting a couple of your sober buddies together and putt-putting the night away.


For information about receiving treatment for a drug or alcohol related addiction please call us today at (888) 397-0112.

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30 Fun Sober Activities

30 Fun Sober Activities

By Jennifer McDougall

Are you looking for something fun to do that doesn’t involve drinking or getting high? Instead of escaping from reality, dive in and enjoy just living life. Here are 30 fun activities you can to start living a fulfilling and exciting life.

1. Throw a Sober Dinner Party.

Invite your closest friends over for dinner and dessert. Substitute alcoholic beverages for delicious and refreshing fruit-infused cocktails. Pick a playlist with piano or classical tones to keep the vibe classy and elegant. (Check out Spotify’s already made playlists according to the mood or genre)

2. Rejuvenating Spa Day at home, solo or with friends.

Invite a few girlfriends over for herbal tea. Watch movies, and give each other manicure and pedicures. Don’t forget the face masques and hair conditioning treatments too!  This is a fun way to pamper yourself and help improve your appearance at the same time.

3. Guys Night Out/Girls Night Out

Plan a weekend to go camping, fishing, or to a sporting event in town.

4. Exercise

Run, box, do yoga, hot yoga, hike, swim, anything. Just get out there, stretch it out, and break a sweat!

5. Bubble baths are NOT just for women!

A nice, relaxing bath with soothing music is a great way for anyone to unwind and let go. To enhance your bath experience, light a few candles, add pure lavender oil and Epson salt to warm water. Dim the lights for an even more calming experience.

6. Play a game of golf or practice your swing at the driving range.

Golf is a great sport you can play solo. If you do not already have your own set of clubs and don’t know someone you can borrow them from, some ranges allow you to rent them to use for a small charge.

7. Go for a drive.

Take the back roads through your local community. Turn up the music and roll down the windows. Don’t look at your phone or let anything distract your mind from unwinding and focusing solely on the road and your own thoughts.

8. Meditate

Find a quiet place to sit or lay down for 10-20 minutes, close your eyes, and meditate.

9. Read a book.

Visit a local book store and walk around. Explore the many difference titles and subjects that maybe you wouldn’t normally explore.

10. Go see a movie.

Get out of the house and check out a new movie in the theater. Buy your tickets ahead of time, online to save time.

11. Volunteer your time and services.

Pick a cause that is near and dear to your heart (animal rescue, homeless shelters, etc.) and find time in your busy week to lend a hand.

12. Play basketball.

Most local parks and schools have basketball courts you are welcome to play on. Invite some friends out and play a game of 21 or practice your layups and free throws solo.

13. Go swimming.

Don’t hesitate to dive into the water and swim around.

14. Go for a walk and smile at every person you pass by.

Take a walk around the park, at the beach, the mall, or around your neighborhood.

15. Write in your journal.

When you can’t sleep, or you have a lot on your mind, sit down and write. Release your inner most thoughts and put them down on paper.

16. Create a new playlist for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Music is therapy within itself.

17. Plant a garden.

Connect with the earth and plant a garden. Men and women both use this as a relaxing hobby that not only helps relax the mind and boost creative abilities, it will make your landscaping look nice!

18. Organize and clean out your closet and donate at least ten items.

Sometimes we buy, buy, buy, without stopping to look at what we already have. Giving to others can feel very rewarding and we should all do it more often.

19. Call your parents or grandparents.

If it was not for our parents and grandparents we would not be here so whether or not you have a great relationship with them, call them. They love you and want to hear from you.

20. Meet a friend for lunch and sit outside.

Lunch dates with a good friend are a luxury. Most restaurants offer outdoor seating, so if it’s available, sit outside.

21. Go on a hike

Don’t forget a backpack with water, cell phone, snacks, and a camera!

22. Visit a museum.

Learn more about the history and art at local museums.

23. Invite a friend to play tennis with you.

Tennis is a fun activity you can do outside with a friend and break a sweat.

24. Stress relieving coloring books

Coloring books are no longer just for kids! Those with anxiety and high-stress levels need a way to relax and unwind. Research has shown many benefits to this fun activity.

25. Redecorate a room in your home or office. 

Freshen up a room with new decor, brighter colors, area rugs, throw pillows, paint, etc.

26. Host a sober game night with a group of friends.

Invite your friends over for trivia.

27. Plan an adventure day with a friend and take countless random and fun photos of your day.

Don’t forget to pitch in gas money if you’re not the one wheeling.

28. Host a sober karaoke night with a group of your fun and sober friends. 

Sign along to your favorite songs without alcohol and complete embarrassment. No one’s judging your singing abilities.

29. Organize your life. 

Clean up files on your phone and computer. Wash the inside and outside of your car. Make your bed every morning. Do your laundry when the basket is full. Stay on top of these chores and your life will seem simple, organized, and less chaotic.

30. Have a date night with your love bird.

Read our blog: 5 Great Sober Date Ideas for some wonderful suggestions you and your sweetheart can do together and help keep that romance alive!



Call Passages Addiction Treatment Center today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by dialing our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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