One of the most important aspects to a permanent recovery for those who suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol is the substitution of a healthy hobby. On the third Saturday of the month from April to October, we have a special jogging meetup just for recovered addicts. We begin the meetup with All Recovery meeting (for addicts of all types as well as allies), and then we all go for a jog together. The group has been a real help for many of its members. Not only does it feature therapy in the form of a meeting, but it also features therapeutic recreation.
As we discussed on our “Why Jog?” page, jogging provides a sense of accomplishment and success. In addition to being healthy on a strictly physical level–helping to maintain weight, regulate blood flow, decrease a resting heart rate, contributing to better breathing, etc.–the jogger will find more mental clarity and focus after a jogging session. This is true of anyone who participates in jogging. This is especially true for the recovered addict or alcoholic.
Become Part of a Group
Joining up with the Pine Joggers is a great way to become social and make friends in a healthy non-bar setting. When an alcoholic or addict becomes sober, it’s very important that he or she make some friends that do not drink or use drugs. The Pine Joggers is a great place to meet like-minded people who are committed to a life of sobriety.
The Importance of Rehabilitation and Recovery
While it’s certainly a good idea to join up with groups like the Pine Joggers when you are dedicated to living a sober life, we don’t encourage you to skip out on the rehabilitation or recovery program that you need. Make sure that you are able to attend a rehab in a facility if necessary, and make sure that you have a plan for recovery, whether you are going to get involved with 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous or other recovery programs like All Recovery or Smart Recovery. Joining up with social groups for healthy activities is always a great thing to do, but it should not be a substitute for professional treatment.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please have a look at these resources below. These websites will be able to put you in touch with the right group or facility for you to get the help you need.
Resources for those suffering from addiction: