Happy hour may not be the same for individuals in recovery from alcoholism or substance abuse, but that does not mean sober activities can't provide a fun and social atmosphere! Whether you are single or part of a group, taking part in fun activities with friends—without drugs or alcohol – can provide an essential distraction from cravings and relapse triggers. Instead of hitting up the bar, consider exploring some of these enjoyable ideas for sober happy hours that will help to keep your sobriety on track while still having a good time.
Relaxing Happy Hours
Why not consider doing yoga and/or meditation? There are plenty of benefits to this unique approach - from increasing your physical and mental well-being to reducing stress. It's also a great way to connect with yourself and others as part of a relaxed atmosphere. Just think - while most people are winding up their day with drinks, you could be taking time to refocus, reassess, or just take some time off in a supportive group environment.
Health-Focused Happy Hour
Sober happy hours at the gym can provide an opportunity for people to socialize while getting their workout on. Not only will you burn calories and stay in shape, but you'll get quality time with friends while enjoying a healthier version of happy hour. Whether it's indoor rock climbing or spinning, sober happy hours offer a variety of workouts without the added pressure of drinking alcohol. With so many options available, there's sure to be something that everyone can take part in!
Foodie Happy Hour
Getting delicious appetizers or dinner for a sober happy hour is the perfect way to perk it up and add flavor. Appetizers are ideal when spending time together as they get everyone talking and sharing with each other. If you're looking for something more substantial, then opt for dinner instead.
Non-Alcoholic Beverage Happy Hour
Check out your local coffee, tea, juice, or smoothie place for a non-alcohol happy hour option! Some places may even do after-work price specials like many bars and restaurants do.
A Sober Lifestyle Can Be Just as Fun
Sober happy hours are a fantastic way to socialize without the pressure of an alcohol-centered atmosphere. Whether you are in recovery from alcohol addiction or are working toward decreasing your alcohol intake, we encourage you to grab a few friends or coworkers and try sober happy hour!
If you feel that your alcohol habits are impacting your daily life, it may be time to begin addiction treatment. We offer numerous effective treatment programs here at North Georgia Recovery Center; call us to see how we can help you.