Developing healthy relationships is an important part of living a sober life. In the past, you may have used to use drugs and alcohol as a crutch to boost your confidence in social situations. Now that you’re sober, it will take some time to let go of the old, harmful relationships in your life and learn how to build new, healthy ones without abusing drugs.
In a sober living program, you’ll have sober peers nearby, but you will also need to be intentional about meeting other sober people and establishing connections within the recovery community. If you are enrolled in a transitional housing program in Houston, here are eight different ways you can get out and meet other sober people in your area.
1. Free social events at your sober living home
The easiest way to meet sober friends in Houston is to participate in the social events hosted by your sober living home. Eudaimonia Recovery Homes regularly hosts group events for current residents and alumni to enjoy. Past events include movie nights, flag football games, 12-Step speakers, UFC watch parties and more. These events are free and fun for any residents or alumni who want to attend.
2. AA meetings
While you’re enrolled in sober living at Eudaimonia, you will be required to attend local recovery support groups and 12-Step meetings in your area. Not only is this a requirement of your recovery program, but it’s also an excellent way to meet sober friends in Houston who are serious about their recovery.
3. Houston Sober Recreation Committee (SRC) Events
Houston’s Sober Recreation Committee is a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating fun and fellowship for Houstonians in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The SRC hosts three golf tournaments each year, bi-monthly bowling, and co-ed softball leagues and tournaments. Additional events like movie nights, comedy shows, and live music concerts are scheduled throughout the year.1
4. Houston Cougars in Recovery
If you are enrolled in college courses while you are living in transitional housing, you may want to look into a college recovery group for students. A great option in Houston is the University of Houston Cougars in Recovery (CIR). This student recovery organization hosts weekly community check-ins, annual recovery conferences, and group outdoor activities each semester, like camping and hiking at state parks.2 CIR offers a safe place to hang out with sober peers, fun activities to help you meet new people, and additional sober support outside of your sober living home.
5. Lambda Center LGBTQ Events and Recovery Meetings
If you want to connect with other sober LGBTQ individuals in Houston, the Lambda Center Houston is a great place to be. Lambda is Houston’s LGBTQ recovery community hub and it also functions as an LGBTQ 12-Step recovery clubhouse.3 While the center does host recovery meetings, it’s also a great place to meet sober friends and participate in regular group events that the organization hosts.
6. Nearby attractions and activities in Houston
Houston is an excellent place to be enrolled in a transitional living program because there are countless things to do besides drink or do drugs. There are plenty of local attractions and activities to keep your mind busy and get you out and about with other people. The Menil Collection, for example, is a free art museum that is home to the private art collection of its founders, John and Dominique de Menil. The museum regularly hosts events for the public, such as live music concerts, book release parties, and jewelry trunk shows.4 Houston sober living residents may also find that other local activities like yoga classes or pottery classes are great ways to meet other people who have similar interests.
7. Local sober sports leagues
Houston’s Park and Recreation Department facilitates a variety of city sports leagues, including a sober softball league for adults in recovery.5 Whether you enjoy playing basketball, football, soccer, or volleyball, there are several different leagues for adults of all ages and abilities. It’s a great way to get active and enjoy some exercise while meeting other sober people in Houston.
As a Eudaimonia resident, you may also be required to volunteer at a local organization of your choice. Despite just doing this to fulfill your recovery program requirements, you could also view this as an opportunity to meet sober friends. Other rehab programs and sober living homes in Houston may require their residents to volunteer at similar places, which may make it easier for you to connect with them. If you’re unsure of where you’d like to volunteer, consider your interests and pursue options like a local food bank, the library, Habitat for Humanity, or your church.
Positive social interaction is such an important aspect of living a life in recovery and living a fulfilling life, in general. If you’ve recently completed a drug rehab program and you’re looking for sobriety support and sober friends, enrolling in a sober living program is an excellent way to find both.
Call Eudaimonia Recovery Homes today to learn more about our transitional housing programs and our sober living homes in Houston, Austin, and Colorado Springs.