Is Recovery a Boring Experience?

Many men and women who are just entering into addiction recovery find that they face a wide range of doubt. They question what their new sober lives will look like – many having never maintained sobriety for longer than several weeks before treatment, and they truly have no idea what to expect. What will they do with their free time? How will they socialize without drugs and alcohol? Will recovery be a devastatingly boring experience? The truth of the matter is that recovery is what you make it.

Recovery is Beautiful if You Truly Want It

If you enter into your recovery program with a positive attitude and the willingness needed to succeed, you will undeniably find that getting sober is deeply rewarding and that your life is suddenly full of opportunities that you never previously deemed attainable. If you go in doubting the process and assuming that your life will be sucked dry of all happiness and meaning, you will probably have quite a miserable time. Attitude is everything, as they say.

At Garden State Treatment Center, we understand that initial doubt is a common factor when it comes to those who are new to sobriety. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (the main piece of literature involved in the 12 step method of addiction recovery), is full of powerful quotes. One of these quotes goes, “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt before investigation.” This essentially means that judging something before giving it a fair shot never ends well. If you judge sobriety before experiencing it for yourself, you will probably not get as much out of the experience as you potentially could.

Is Recovery a Boring Experience?

Why Some People Think Recovery is Boing

Is recovery boring? In short – no. Quite the opposite! Recovery is an exciting adventure – every single day has the potential to be fun and unique. While in active addiction, individuals spend almost all of their time obsessing about their substance of choice, obtaining and using this substance, and recovering from its effects. This is no way to live. Life begins when addiction ends.

It is normal for individuals to worry about how being sober will affect their social lives. Will they be able to have fun if they aren’t getting drunk at the bar? How will they socialize if they aren’t blacking out at house parties every weekend? Have faith in the fact that you will figure it out – and that you will begin living a life beyond your wildest dreams. That is a guarantee.

Garden State Treatment Center – Fun in Sobriety

At Garden State Treatment Center, we truly believe that our clients are more inclined to stay sober long-term when they are having fun in recovery. Recovery should be fun – it should be a journey of self-exploration and adventure, an introduction to an entirely new way of life, one full of excitement and opportunity. Not only do we equip our clients with the life skills and coping mechanisms they need to stay sober long-term, but we teach them how to have fun in sobriety. Outside experiences are a staple of our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program.

What Makes Recovery Fun?

We balance intensive therapeutic care, 12 step program immersion, and recovery-related group sessions with off-site experiences that show our clients just how much fun they can have without the use of mood and mind-altering substances. We take our clients on nature hikes, we take them to the beach, we take them to museums and art exhibits…we show them how fun life can be, and how rewarding it is to experience things in a sober light.

For more information on our unique and integrated recovery program, or to learn more ways in which you can make the very most out of your recovery experience, please feel free to reach out to us today. We look forward to speaking with you and helping in any way we can.