Learning to Have Fun in Sobriety

By The Fix staff 12/31/18

After a while many people in recovery actually discover that the fun they thought they were having was really just an attempt to run away from their feelings of guilt, inadequacy and shame.

Woman doing yoga on the beach, fun in sobriety

People who have substance use disorders often have a million excuses for not wanting to get clean. They may worry about disappearing friendships once they get sober, fear other people's judgement, or they may not be able to face the truth about their addiction—just to name a few. Another top reason for why they don’t want to give up drinking and drugging, even if it’s making their life completely unmanageable? They’re worried they’ll never have fun again. Because the idea of being sober seems boring, mundane and somehow even more unbearable than the pain of continuing to self-destruct with substance abuse.

What most don’t realize is, they stopped having “fun” a long time ago. It might have initially been fun to go out and get wasted with their friends. But after a while many people in recovery actually discover that the fun they thought they were having was really just an attempt to run away from their feelings of guilt, inadequacy and shame. Most sober people report that once they accepted they had a problem and sought help, they forgave themselves and, for the first time in a long time, really started to enjoy their lives again. Instead of just being alive, they gave themselves the chance to actually thrive.

Getting sober is never easy, and neither is coming to terms with being an addict or an alcoholic. Luckily, there is help. Located in what’s been referred to as the “Rehab Riviera,” Oceanside Malibu is a treatment facility available to individuals who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. It not only offers luxury accommodations, gourmet food and cutting edge treatments, but it also teaches clients what it is to have fun again, without the burden of needing to have drugs and alcohol to do it.

While the therapeutic component of treatment is crucial, it’s important to keep in mind that therapy doesn’t just happen in the confines of a sofa or circle of folding chairs. Oceanside Malibu gives clients new and exciting experiences every day, taking the concept of recreational therapy to a whole new level.

They have a what they refer to as a “surf shop,” which makes sense seeing that the facility is literally right on the beach. Clients are provided with wet suits, surf boards, paddle boards and kayaks. And if water sports aren’t their cup of tea, they have fishing poles and gear readily available for use. No matter the activity they choose, the goal is to have fun (sober), get outside and experience the healing power of movement and nature.

There are frequent group outings to movies, go-kart racing, laser tag, or going to check out the local art scene. Clients also enjoy yoga or the gym, and the staff at Oceanside readily provides transportation from the facility. Oceanside Malibu also makes relaxing at home just as entertaining. They have an Xbox and Playstation, massage chair and Smart TVs throughout the house with premium cable channels at the clients’ disposal. Residents can also bask in panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, which is just steps from their bedroom. Residents often sit on the deck and watch the sunset while enjoying unlimited food, drinks and fresh ocean air.

While Oceanside Malibu does offer plenty of adventure and upscale amenities, it also integrates several holistic therapeutic activities to enhance the client’s treatment experience even further. Equine therapy, breathwork, art therapy and salt water therapy complement programming.

Oceanside Malibu gives individuals a chance to see what they have been missing because of their addiction—an opportunity to truly feel the joy and excitement one gets from experiencing something new. They learn, with the help of the amazing staff and supportive community, that life is worth living again.

Learn more about Oceanside Malibu on their website, or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

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