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Topic: Fun in Sobriety
How a sober teen got through graduations, dances, weddings and deaths
I was 15 when I got sober in 1988. Back then, I had many reservations about whether I could stay sober though birthdays, graduations, weddings, break-ups, deaths, and many other events that could...
How a young AA learned to re-define “fun,” and find a colorful new world
I have watched a few precious young people coming into our program lately. They stay sober a few weeks or months, then drink because they don’t understand how they can have fun without drinking. It’s...
Grilling, tubing, bonfires and smoothies—nothing’s off limits for this fun-loving crew
In 2008, me and my AA friends were taking a road trip to a St. Patty’s Day supper and speaker meeting in southwestern Nebraska; all four of us had under three years of sobriety. I had heard of an old...
By the age of seven I had been to seven states. I tried to get to as many states as I could from then on, and with some help from my parents I made it to 32 states by age 14. It became a goal for me...
Learning to have fun again was a trip of its own
I was in AA only a few months when the annual picnic was announced. The day before, my sponsor said he would pick me up at 7 a.m., and he did. We went to a farm stand and picked up at least 10 dozen...
As his sobriety improved, so did his recipe!
In 2002, I was in an alcohol treatment program in Memphis. Daily attendance was required from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a half-day on Saturday. Another requirement was attending AA meetings once a...
At one year, a member gathers a sober posse for an adventure they’ll never forget
I was a year sober when I decided to organize a group of 13 friends in recovery who dreamed of going backpacking in the Grand Canyon. We were a diverse crew who ranged in age from 25 to 35, and had...
A DJ gets sober and thinks life is over, but the party hasn't really started
If someone had told me before I stopped drinking that sobriety would be fun, I would’ve definitely stopped hanging out with them. Alcohol was a God-given, rock ’n’ roll rite of passage, and to have...
Girlfriends hit the road for shopping trips, museums—and 3 a.m. bologna sandwiches!
My favorite friend and I met way back on a bright fall day in the mid-70s. We were fresh teenagers wearing peasant outfits while working at the local steakhouse. I don’t know who thought of the idea...
Two sober friends head to Maine for biking, whale-watching and whoopie pie!
Hiking and biking? That was not our idea of a vacation when we were active. Back then, vacations were an excuse to get even more wasted than usual and engage in self-destructive behaviors. But living...

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