1. Volunteer Give back this summer by volunteering at a local charity or organization. You can check out this great website VolunteerMatch.org. Just type in your city and interests and find volunteer opportunities that match your passions. This is something you can do by yourself or get your friends and family involved too! Click to tweet
2. Find a Local Coffee Shop and Host a Recovery Group/Check-in While there’s nothing wrong with the mainstream, venture out this summer and find a fun, unique and locally owned coffee shop to host a recovery meeting. You’ll be discovering a new place, supporting a local business and finding/providing support with your recovery friends.
3. Create/Join a Sober Book Club It doesn’t have to be Dostoevsky, but pick out a fun book to read each month and meet to discuss. See above for a place to host said book club.
4. Get Creative and Learn a New Skill You’re never too old to learn a new skill. Get creative this summer by attending a class on writing or woodworking (you know, build a birdhouse!) Here in Nashville I go to a place called The Skillery, every month they host various classes from writing workshops to cooking lessons. Find something in your area and sign up with some friends– (HINT: Art Museums and Libraries will usually host events like these).
5. Dust Off Your Grilling Skills If you’re like me the best part about this one is finding a cool new summer apron! Ok you might not be as excited about it as I am, but plan a small (or large) get together and show all your friends you’re the grill master you claim to be. BONUS: Great watermelon, mint, feta salad recipe, perfect for staying cool at your party.
6. Go to a Museum This is a great way to cool off this summer and I find it to be a great way to find peace and quiet, great for meditation. As a bonus you’ll also get to see some cool art too! Click here to find a museum in your area.
7. Check out your local parks and trails Pack a backpack with some granola/snacks, water (lots of water to stay hydrated. Safety first!) grab some friends and climb up a mountain (or large hill). Don’t forget your camera/phone and Instagram some amazing photos! Click here to find a local park in your area!
8. Join a Recovery-oriented Sports Team Google (or Bing) your way on to a clean and sober sports team this summer! Meet new people and find support in a recovery-oriented team.
9. Plant a Garden Head over to your local plant nursery and let them help you plan out a vegetable garden. You’ll be getting some exercise and will have fresh fruits and veggies all summer long!
10. Attend a New Recovery Meeting Step out of the box and attended a different support meeting at a different time of day or area. This will allow you meet new people outside of your home group and help you expand your recovery support network.
So now you know my top ten sober summer activities, let us know what your favorite #SoberSummer activity is in the comments below or tweet us at @AAC_Tweet!