Addicts and alcoholics often site boredom as one of the primary reasons for relapse. Feeling depressed, lonely, and that life is no fun without drinking or drugging are other closely related excuses for relapse. Many of these people have chosen to stay away from friends that still use in order to maintain their own abstinence, but they have no real friends that don’t use. So what can be done to alleviate these unwanted dangerous feelings and build positive new friendships that will help to prevent unnecessary and potentially deadly relapses?
The writer organized and coached a clean and sober softball team last April from a core group of people in recovery from the Breaking the Bondage of Addictions recovery group at . This team bonded with one another and had months of clean, sober FUN playing softball in the church league at The Rock. After that season ended, they went on to take 3rd place out of seventeen other clean and sober teams from around the state of Michigan in an all-day tournament at the Flint Soberfest last July. Several of the team members continued playing softball together in a five-man church league in the fall and a couple even play basketball every Friday at the Free Methodist Church in Linden to this day.
Clean, sober FUN was had by all and many of these people discovered that life without drugs and alcohol can be enjoyable. They found that life doesn’t have to be boring and lonely because they made a conscious choice to join a healthy activity that involved other people seeking the same thing they are: lasting recovery and good health!
2012 is a new year that promises even more clean and sober FUN for those who choose to join in such activities! The word spread from last year and nearly thirty people from local AA and NA recovery groups signed up to play in this year’s softball league at The Rock Church. That equates to more than one team, so two teams will be formed this year from members of these people seeking lasting recovery. Praise the Lord! The teams are even scheduled to scrimmage another clean and sober team formed from members of The Bridge Church in Flint before the season begins. Another tournament comprised of teams of people in recovery is scheduled June 2, in Saginaw, and the Flint Soberfest tournament will take place again in July.
The true purpose of this article is to encourage others to get involved and organize similar activities that help people in recovery STAY in recovery! If you are seeking lasting recovery from an addiction yourself, you, too, can choose to participate in activities that help your physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being. The ball is in your court (pun totally intended!).