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- Play sports
- Read a book
- Walk or run the shoreline
- Listen to a podcast
- Grab a bite to eat seaside
- Go kayaking
- Try snorkeling
- Have a sandcastle competition with friends
- Struggling to Stay Sober This Summer?
- Get Recovery Support Today
It’s illegal to drink alcohol at most public beaches. However, people often still do. Maybe drinking at the beach was one of your pastimes when you were addicted and it’s hard to think about spending time at the beach without alcohol being involved. You’re certainly not alone in this. In fact, many people have to reframe the way they view certain activities when they get sober. Consequently, a part of this process is intentionally establishing new ways to enjoy leisure time.
If you find yourself wondering how you’ll enjoy the beach sober this summer (for the first time ever), we want you to know that there are plenty of ways to do so! Whether you hit the beach on your own this summer or with a group of friends, here are some ideas for great, beachside fun.
9 Sober Activities for the Beach
Ever tried running in the sand? Yeah, it’s hard! But, beach sports are great exercise and they’re also great fun. Whether you play frisbee, sand volleyball, football, soccer, or you try your hand at boogie boarding, skimboarding, or surfing, you’re bound to have a great time at the beach.
Read a book
While you’re laying under your beach umbrella, pick up one of those books you’ve been meaning to read for the last few months. Or, catch up on some Big Book reading for your recovery program. Regardless, the beach can be an incredibly relaxing and quiet place to read, so soak it up and enjoy the time spent in a good book.
Walk or run the shoreline
If walking or running is one of your favorite ways to exercise, try doing it on the beach this summer. Not only will it provide a nice change of scenery from the treadmill or your normal neighborhood trail, but you’ll also get to enjoy the feeling of the salty wet breeze and the wet sand beneath your toes as you make your way down the beach.
Listen to a podcast
Sometimes, it can be hard to find time to catch up on your favorite podcast episodes. While you’re at the beach, sit back in your chair with a cold glass of water and enjoy the sun as you listen to all your favorite shows. As a result, you’ll return home relaxed and refreshed.
Grab a bite to eat seaside
A great way to spend time with friends at the beach is by planning a picnic on the beach or hitting up a seaside restaurant. Depending on which beach you visit, lots of restaurants on the beach offer deck seating outside so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the beach while you munch on delicious food and catch up with friends.
The relaxing sounds of the waves lapping against the shore, the seagulls and pelicans singing their tunes, and kids playing off in the distance is a great backdrop for some meditation. There’s never been a better place to just sit and be while enjoying the present. Plus, meditation is one of the best sober activities for the beach because all you need is yourself and a beach. No money or supplies necessary.
What’s more, some beaches also offer kayak rentals, which is a great way to spend a day at the beach with friends. When it comes to sober activities for the beach, there’s just something incredibly relaxing about being out on the water, away from the demands of everyday life and getting out on the water with friends is even more enjoyable.
If you enjoy the nautical wildlife at the beach, you might want to give snorkeling a try. Depending on the location of the beach, you could find yourself face-to-face with some incredibly beautiful underwater creatures. For example, brightly colored coral reefs or a variety of different species of fish.
Have a sandcastle competition with friends
If you live in a sober home, this is a great ice-breaker and sober activity for the beach as you’re getting to know your housemates. First, organize a sandcastle competition and create teams for a little friendly competition. Then, whichever team builds the most majestic (or creative) sandcastle wins a small prize.
Related blog: Top 10 Sober Activities For Men In Recovery
Struggling to Stay Sober This Summer? Eudaimonia Recovery Homes Is Here to Help
Of course, planning sober activities for the beach is great. But that alone won’t keep you from slipping up. If sober trips to the beach sound awesome but you just can’t seem to stay sober, you might need professional help and support to stay on track. Here at Eudaimonia Recovery Homes, we operate several safe, supportive, and accredited sober living homes and apartments for men, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Our sober homes are located in Austin, Houston, and Colorado Springs and are run by compassionate house managers who ensure that residents follow the rules and are held accountable.
Additionally, Eudaimonia also provides recovery support services for people who are recovering from addiction. These are a part of our sober living programs and include the following recovery support services:
This program is designed to help you achieve greater independence as you transition out of addiction treatment and back into society as a sober individual. As a result, you’ll gradually achieve your program objectives and be rewarded. For example, you might receive extended curfews, overnight passes, and other rewards that serve as motivation to stay sober. Eventually, you won’t need regular rewards to stay motivated because you’ll learn that staying sober feels good and it’s a great way to live.
Finding employment in early recovery can be challenging. Consequently, our SEV (Support Employment Volunteer) program helps you identify local job opportunities, modify an existing resume or create one, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews.
In the same vein, another aspect of our SEV program is our volunteer placement program. Our staff helps you identify local volunteer opportunities based on your skills and interests, and submit applications for them. Getting involved in your local community is a great way to give back, find purpose in life, and become a part of something greater than yourself.
If you want to go back to school or enroll in a collegiate program for the first time, we can help. Going back to school sober can be challenging at any stage of life. But, we’ll provide assistance and resources as you research your options and plan out your career goals.
To keep you accountable to your recovery goals, Eudaimonia requires that residents participate in regular drug and alcohol testing. This is a good reminder to walk the talk and will encourage you to uphold the commitment you’ve made to yourself and to others to stay sober.
In addition, our Certified Peer Recovery Support Program (PRSS) pairs you with a certified peer recovery support specialist who will be your guide and support as you progress through your sober living program. You’ll meet with your recovery support specialist regularly and he or she will help you identify possible triggers and address them before they become an issue to mitigate the risk of relapse.
Also, all of our sober living residents attend local recovery support group meetings like 12-Step groups, SMART Recovery, or other self-help groups that are intended to help people maintain their sobriety.
Get Recovery Support Today
In conclusion, staying sober after completing treatment often requires accountability, ongoing support, and participation in recovery group meetings. However, at Eudaimonia Recovery Homes, our sober living programs are intentionally designed to provide well-rounded support and accountability to help you reach your recovery goals and establish a stable, sober life.
If you’re ready to get help and stay sober, the caring professionals at Eudaimonia are here to help. Please call (512) 363-5914 or contact us online today to learn more about our sober living and recovery support services.