College and Recovery: Options for Sober Fun
For young adults in recovery from addiction, attending college can present unique challenges. The college culture often promotes drug and alcohol abuse. The rates of substance use tend to be high and students in recovery may worry that they will be presented with many cues at social events that may trigger cravings and contribute to an increased risk of relapse. If you or a loved one is recovering from an addiction to clonazepam or other substance, learn about options for sober fun in college.
Finding Like-Minded Friends
Although it is always possible to abstain from drug and alcohol use, no matter the environment, having a group of sober friends can make substance-free socializing much easier. It is important for students in recovery to find like-minded friends. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that about four out of five college students drink alcohol. That means that one of every five does not. Students may choose to be sober for a variety of reasons. Some make the choice because they want to protect their health. Others have religious reasons for choosing not to drink or abuse drugs.
Some campuses try to make finding like-minded students easy. They may offer substance-free housing or the option to request a substance-free roommate. Others offer programs specifically for students in recovery.
Collegiate Recovery Programs and Communities
The Association of Recovery in Higher Education notes that colleges and universities may host collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) or collegiate recovery communities (CRCs). CRPs are programs that are officially supported and sanctioned by the institutions. CRCs are peer-led.
There are many differences between programs. If substance-free housing is offered, it can be either on or off campus. Some have a designated meeting space. The more formal and organized programs may have an application process. Some have fees and some offer scholarships or other financial aid.
A 2015 New York Times article reports on a CRP at the University of Michigan. The social worker who runs the program notes that the biggest benefit to the students in the program is the social connection. The program sponsors a wide variety of sober activities, including tailgates, volleyball games, dance parties, pumpkin-carving, study groups, film screenings, and community service.
Potential Sober Activities
Whether a formal group exists or not, there are always options for sober fun. These include the following:
- Sports – Most college campuses offer a wide variety of opportunities to participate in sports activities. These can be organized inter-school or intramural activities, less organized pick-up games, or non-team activities such as swimming or rock climbing. Even people who prefer not to participate in sports can find teams to support and watch.
- Music – The musical programs of most colleges are a constant source of potential entertainment. Choirs and bands offer concerts, and individual students perform recitals. People may also choose to make their own music. Getting friends together for a jam session can be an enjoyable way to spend an evening.
- Plays – Like the music department, the theater department may also be a source of sober fun. Dramas, musicals, and one-act plays may all be on the calendar.
- Game night – Game nights are a time-honored way to have fun with friends. A group of friends may have one or two games that are favorites or may take on the challenge of learning as many games as possible. People can choose to play board games, video games or role-playing games. Active game activities such as miniature golf or laser tag are also options.
- Cooking – The college years are often a time when young adults are learning to cook for themselves. This can be made into a group social activity, with people bringing different dishes to a potluck meal, or bringing ingredients for a meal and cooking together.
- Day trips – Although there is often much to do on a college campus, sometimes people get so enmeshed in college life that they fail to explore the surrounding area. There may be trails to hike, zoos, museums and historic sites to explore, or theme parks to visit.
- Movies – Going to the movie theater is always an option, but so is hosting movie nights at home. You may find a group of friends who all enjoy documentaries, foreign films, or animation. People can take turns recommending movies to watch.
- Volunteering – There is never a shortage of organizations looking for volunteers. People with limited time can make short-term commitments, such as to help serve specific meals at homeless shelters or help clean up a stretch of the highway. There are also longer-term opportunities, such as with the Big Brother/Big Sister organization, hospitals, nursing homes or animal shelters.
- Solo activities – Fun doesn’t always have to be social. Solo activities, such as reading a good book or participating in a hobby like photography or gardening can be enjoyable and relaxing and a good change of pace.
You don’t have to choose between attending college and staying sober. If you are committed to recovery, there are plenty of sober activities and communities you can join.
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