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100 Fun Things to Do Sober


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Having fun in sobriety can be a whole new learning process. Like a toddler learning to walk, being sober means relearning everything we thought we once only knew how to do while drinking.

In early recovery especially, we tend to find ourselves consumed by this great big fear that once we quit drinking, our life will become horribly boring! I have to be honest here, and say that in the beginning, life will definitely seem a bit boring. After all, we were used to doing everything with a drink in hand, so it is no coincidence that we tend to associated all the fun activities with drinking. Then we get sober and take away the drinking, and all of a sudden it seems that all the fun is gone too!

But, let’s be honest for a minute – where those activities actually fun? Maybe, the first few hours, right? But if you drank anything like me, eventually you would find yourself falling down drunk and in a blackout, and have no recollection of any of this great fun the next day.

Another issue in early sobriety may be that we do not have many friends, or know many people that are sober or at least “normies,” that we can hang out with. We may also be coming out of some financial difficulties and be short on money. These issue were definitely true for me, so I made this list with those in mind.

Welcome to new 2016 version of the 100 Fun Things To do Sober! I have added many new and exciting things to this year’s list! I hope you find it helpful!

  1. Start a free blog at WordPress and connect with the recovery community. It is really fun and easy!
  2. Find inspiration to stay sober at The Rooms Project website – a photo and audio story series on some of the 23 million individuals living in long-term recovery.Theroomproject
  3. Visit the Humas of New York site and Facebook page, loaded with personal stories of ordinary people living in New York city.
  4. Bake cupcakes or a cake, and decorate. There are many ideas at Bake Decorate Celebrate.
  5. Check out the progressive recovery culture at The Recovery Revolution. The site is full of great info, personal stories and podcast.
  6. If you have many questions but no answers, you can get your questions answered at Quora.
  7. Check out the new Sober Courage Podcast on the SRN Podcast Network.
  8. Check out Google Translate and translate some words or sentences into any language you want.
  9. Play Minecraft, a game where you dig (mine) and build (craft) different kinds of 3D blocks within a large world of varying terrains and habitats to explore.
  10. Visit the AfterParty Magazine, dedicated to helping addicts, sober or not. But not in an overly earnest way. Because we are fun.
  11. Go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. I know what you are thinking – this is not fun at all – but give it a try. You will meet some great people who are going thru the same journey! Click HERE to find a meeting in your town.
  12. Start practicing yoga, with the help of My Yoga Works, a library of online videos of yoga classes. Click HERE to start your 14-day free membership.
  13. Sharing Helps Addicts in Recovery,SHAIR podcast bring you amazing success stories from addicts all over the world.SHAIR
  14. Create a Photo Book of your greatest memories, or a recent vacation. See Shutterfly for some cool ideas.
  15. Create your dream room or make 3D structures at Sketchup! The program is completely free!
  16. Find a new outfit for your little pooch, you can find some fun clothes at Puppy Love Couture!
  17. Make your own design of Nike shoes at NIKEiD. There are hundreds of super cool ideas!
  18. Craft your own T-Shirts at the many creative designs at Cafe Press.
  19. Listen to some of my experience, strength and hope, on the KlenandSober podcast: Episode 1514: Magz Shores / Sober Courage.
  20. Discover new music at! This is a music service that is personalized based on the music you play.
  21. You can find free Kakuro puzzles at Kakuro.comKakuro is a kind of logic puzzle that is often referred to as a mathematical transliteration of the crossword. 
  22. Join a great recovery community at In The Rooms, it’s like Facebook for people in recovery!
  23. Do you love classical music, maybe play a classical instrument? You can now download free scores from!
  24. Who couldn’t use a little dumb fun in their lives? Visit 15 Dead Stupid, Utterly Joyful PC Games.
  25. Get in your car and explore a city or a town close by that you have never been to before.
  26. Clean out your closet and find things to donate to Goodwill.buzzkill
  27. Visit my great friend Paul at his Buzzkill podcast and the Buzzkill website!
  28. Forget Google Maps, check out Google Earth! You can explore the entire planet earth!
  29. Get a nice pedicure or a manicure, they are fairly inexpensive and make you feel well pampered.
  30. Find many free Sodoku puzzles at Livewire Puzzles.
  31. Get lost on Pinterest, and find ideas for all your projects and interests. There are recovery boards too!
  32. Treat yourself to something nice that would cost as much as a night of drinking out! I bet you can get something really nice with that money!
  33. Have a sober movie night! Check out these addiction/recovery themed movies at Friday Night Pep-Talk: Sober Movie Night.
  34. Have you ever wanted to create a cool Facebook cover or a logo? Check the site to create a cool design for free!
  35. Check out DJ FM and RAVECLEAN, a non-profit organization devoted to creating joy in the lives of others, purely through EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and dance.
  36. How about going down the memory lane! Check out the My 80’s TV site. Very cool!
  37. Have you ever wants to learn to rock climb! Many gyms have rock climbing classes – check these at Lifetime Fitness HERE.
  38. If you love DIY projects the POPSUGAR site has many simple ideas.NancyCarr
  39. Read some amazing recovery books from writers like Nancy Carr, Sarah Hepola, Mary Killian and Jake Parent.
  40. Join the Photo a Day Challenge. Check out the prompt for today at Fat Mum Slim.
  41. Check out the Strip Generator. The site lets you build your very own customized comic strip in a matter of minutes.
  42. Learn code! Yes! This is very cool if you are a techie geek like me. There are free, interactive lessons at Codecademy. Check it out!
  43. Author Daniel D. Maurer shares real stories from people like you who have experienced completely transformation, on his Transformation Is Real site.
  44. Tutorials, tips, and tricks to spark your creativity and help you get the most out of BeFunky.
  45. Exercise!! I know, not my favorite ether but, I found this cool site that makes it much more fun and you can do it at home. Check out: Fitness Blender.
  46. Create a collage of inspirational pictures/quotes, click HERE to see what I found on Google.
  47. Make a pop-up greeting card, check out this video on YouTube.
  48. Do you love recovery? I love Recovery Cafe is a great site full of stories, podcasts, arts, lifestyle and more!
  49. Design a tie dye t-shirt. Check out these ideas here: Michael’s.
  50. Create your very own wiki page at wikiPedia about something that you know a lot about.
  51. Pick something you love, and then make a website about it! Get started at Webs.IANA
  52. Need more recovery inspiration? Read these amazing stories of recovery from people who are not anonymous, at
  53. Learn how to make something or anything at the wikiHow website.
  54. Make homemade ice cream, there are many great recipes at
  55. Copy all your CDs to mp3 files so you can sync them to your phone! Here is a how to: Rip music from a CD.
  56. Make some money by selling your stuff online, you can use eBay or CraigsList.
  57. Learn origami with this tutorial at Origami-Instruction. You really can make some pretty cool stuff out of paper!
  58. Maybe you are a money guru, there is a website full of investment classes just for you, here: 158 Free Investment Classes From Morningstar!
  59. Meditate! There are many ways to do this and you don’t have to be an expert either. Check the How to Meditate site.
  60. Go to the zoo! It is free and the animals are so cute, they are bound to help you fell good good any day!
  61. Paint a room! You can use this Room Visualizer to get some good ideas.thatsoberguy
  62. Check out That Sober Guy Podcast: Alcoholism, addiction, quit drinking, stop using drugs, and start living.
  63. Pamper yourself with a facial. Here are some home-made recipes:
  64. Play some fun mind games and sharpen your memory at
  65. Read the dictionary at the Merriam-Webster site. You will be surprised what great words you can find.
  66. Take an art class at the local community center. Many are at a very low cost or free.
  67. Have you ever wanted to design your dream home? You now can at HomeStyler!
  68. Visit the Sobr Soldier – the Art & Writing of Aaron Lee, a mixologist of words and art, of nostalgia and truth, and of the profound and profane.
  69. Research your ancestors at, they have a 14 day free trail.
  70. Re-watch a cartoon from your youth. Check out these classics right on YouTube.
  71. Shopping! Of course who doesn’t like going shopping! You can find practically anything at Amazon, and pretty cheap!
  72. Follow the adventures of a Sober Senorita as I live la vida loca (but sober). Receive inspiration, life changing tips, resources and my experiences in sober life.
  73. If you love to read books, than you probably would love to write some reviews at Goodreads.
  74. Start a garden, indoor or out! Here is a how-to at the BHG site.
  75. Go for a long bike ride on a bike trail or through the woods, or the city.
  76. Learn how to sew with the help of Craftsy and Sewing for the Beginners.
  77. Are you left brained or right-brained? Take some fun quizzes Here.
  78. Visit Laura at The Sobriety Collective and listen to her on the Bad Story pod!
  79. Take up knitting and check out these awesome ideas at I love Knitting.bubble
  80. Listen to amazing recovery podcast, with the all female hosts at Bubble Hour and get some new recovery tools!
  81. Pretend to have a fashion show and try on ALL the clothes in your closet.
  82. Make Fruit Leather – aka Fruit Roll-Up. See this easy recipe at Simply Recipes.
  83. Create a physical mood board. Collect inspiring images, magazine clippings, motivational quotes or fabrics – anything that helps you visualize your dreams, decorating scheme or signature look.
  84. Take interactive online music & art lessons from 26 world-renowned teachers at
  85. Volunteer at an animal shelter; they are often looking for people just to pet the animals.
  86. Start a gratitude board! Go to the dollar store and buy a board that you can write on or pin things to and start filling it up every day! Grateful people have no reasons to drink!
  87. Want to design a car? You can go to your favorite car make’s sites and build the car of your dreams. Check out the Aston Martin site!
  88. Watch an old “feel good” movie. You can find an extensive list HERE!
  89. Watch TEDTalks – “1900+ talks to stir your curiosity”homepod
  90. Laura McKowen and Holly Whitaker takes up the big questions of life through the lens of addiction recovery at HOME Podcast.
  91. Write a letter (remember those?) to someone you miss, or someone who is no longer in your life. This is a very good way to process things that may be still heavy on your heart.
  92. Write your bucket list, check out the 100 ideas at Bucket List Ideas.
  93. Make yourself a Photo Wall (Or a Collage) photo-collage. You can find some inspiration HERE.
  94. Start the 100 Day Sober Challenge at Tired of Thinking About Drinking.Mandalas coloring books can help ease stress. There are many great apps for your phone at the Google Play Store.
  95. Start writing your autobiography! Find out how HERE.
  96. Document your daily life with photographs. Even a dull day becomes fascinating when you’re trying to spot the beauty in everyday moments.
  97. Check out the Hello My Name Is… site, where the artist, Douglas Lail, creates wonderful portraits of people in recovery.
  98. Answer questions on Yahoo Answers and before long you will find out that you are an expert in something and begin getting great feedback from your suggestions.
  99. Learn how to take better selfies, check out these ideas: HERE.
  100. Find a series you never watched before but wanted to. Or revisit a series you loved. Get Netflix!

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with Alcohol Use Disorder, please check out the Sober Courage menu at the top of this page for an extensive list of support groups and recovery related articles. You may also find some great inspiration, support and resources at the bottom of this page.

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  1. Reblogged this on and commented:

    In early recovery, it’s especially important for parents to encourage young adults to pursue healthy sober activities. MagShores @ SoberCourage has compiled a list of thought starters for people of all ages. Heck you might find some ideas for yourself – or even something you can do together with your kiddo!

    One of the things that #SoberSon has enjoyed is watching Netflix to catch up on shows he missed during addiction. Within a few months of recovery, he also earned enough money at his part-time job to get a laptop (he sold the one he’d gotten for college to buy drugs early on in his addiction), so he’s also enjoyed playing video games again and being able to do research, read the news and much more online. Plus, once he started back to college last year, the laptop was vital to doing his homework. All in all, it’s given him a sense of independence and accomplishment. MWM

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