99 Sober Things to Do in 2019

Categories: Health and Wellness, Life in Recovery
99 Sober Things to Do in 2019

A lot of people think that having sober fun is an impossible concept especially if they are used to a lifestyle where clubbing and nightlife take center stage. However, there are many fun activities you can do without drugs and alcohol. After completing your prescribed treatment programs, you can go back to the outside world and still have a healthy social life.

It is important to open yourself to new ideas and learning which can occupy your time. This way, you can avoid being alone or bored which is often a high-risk trigger for drug and alcohol use or relapse. Here are 99 ideas that you can do in 2019, alcohol and drug free!


  1. Go to the local cinema and watch the latest movie in the box office.
  2. Subscribe to a TV streaming service and watch to your heart’s content.
  3. Watch all the Golden Globes and Oscar nominees for best picture.
  4. Revisit all the seasons of Game of Thrones before the final season.
  5. Watch all 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
  6. Put on a movie marathon of all your favorite animation and fairy tale films.
  7. Buy a crossword puzzle book and challenge yourself to finish it within a month or two.
  8. Learn ballet or tap-dancing.
  9. Go ballroom dancing.
  10. Watch Cirque de Soleil or any acrobatics show.
  11. Go to a theme park like Disneyland, Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Universal Studios.
  12. Dress up and attend the opera.
  13. Attend an art exhibit.
  14. Listen to the songs of all your favorite singers in one night.
  15. Sing in a karaoke place in front of a lot of people.
  16. Play board games or card games with friends.
  17. Go on an alcohol-free food trip.
  18. Relax in a bubble bath while watching your favorite rom-com flick.
  19. Have breakfast in bed.
  20. Update your fashion sense by browsing through all the latest fashion websites.
  21. Read celebrity websites and keep up with the Kardashians.
  22. Watch makeup tutorials online.
  23. Go to a mall makeup counter and try out all the new makeup looks you’ve seen on Instagram.

Sports & Fitness

  1. Run around the neighborhood in really nice running shoes.
  2. Sign up for a gym membership and actually go to your scheduled sessions.
  3. Try out a trendy workout like CrossFit or underwater aerobics.
  4. Learn a sport you were really bad at as a kid.
  5. Go bowling.
  6. Get a bike and use it when running errands.
  7. Start a meditation practice.
  8. Try out all the forms of yoga classes you can find: Hatha, Vinyasa, Bikram, Ashtanga, etc.
  9. Attend a Zumba class.
  10. Be more flexible and try Pilates.
  11. Train for a marathon.
  12. Learn boxing.
  13. Sign up for martial arts classes and try to get a black belt.
  14. Learn how to skate or ice-skate.
  15. Download a food diary app and record all your meals.
  16. Master the most hated bodyweight exercises like burpees, planks and mountain climbers.


  1. Sign up for surfing lessons.
  2. Spend a weekend camping outdoors.
  3. Go hiking or mountain climbing.
  4. Try out rock climbing.
  5. Go skydiving or indoor skydiving.
  6. Learn how to stand-up paddle board.
  7. Drive a Go-Kart or a dirt bike.
  8. Visit all the national parks near your home town.
  9. Be a tourist for a day and take photos at all tourist spots.
  10. Go on a fishing expedition.
  11. Have a day-out at the zoo.
  12. Visit the local aquarium.
  13. Plan an outdoor picnic.
  14. Go on a cosplay event in a smashing costume.
  15. Go on a tea tasting experience.


  1. Have a spa day with your sister or brother. Yes, spas are for men too!
  2. Video call your mom and have a long chat with her.
  3. Catch up and hang out with sober friends.
  4. Go shopping with your BFF and reinvent your closet.
  5. Go for a romantic beach holiday with your partner.
  6. Host a weekly or monthly themed dinner party at your home for friends and family.
  7. Treat your parents to a nice restaurant.
  8. Go on a sober cruise or road trip with a special someone.
  9. Babysit for free for friends and family.
  10. Surprise someone you love with a visit.

Learning and Self-Improvement

  1. Attend recovery group meetings regularly.
  2. Learn how to bake a three-layer cake.
  3. Make your own homemade pasta dough like how the Master Chef contestants do it.
  4. Perfect a new specialty dish you can bring at get-togethers.
  5. Cook a really difficult dish like Beef Wellington.
  6. Make your own bread.
  7. Volunteer in a community center that helps disadvantaged sectors of society.
  8. Donate to a good cause.
  9. Paint an abstract masterpiece and have it framed.
  10. Learn how to paint a portrait using oil or watercolors.
  11. Practice hand-sewing or if you have a sewing machine, be your own fashion designer and start sewing your own clothes.
  12. Read a book by a New York Times Best-Selling author. Choose a genre that you like and read all the books from that author.
  13. Read a biography of a public person you really admire.
  14. Learn a new language.
  15. Take up pottery classes and give out the finished clay pots as gifts.
  16. Try your hand at flower arranging.
  17. Brew your own coffee.
  18. Learn latte art.
  19. Use that sophisticated camera on your mobile phone and learn photography.
  20. Download camera filters and learn how to use them to have better selfies.
  21. Start your own blog and publish your thoughts online.
  22. Create your own YouTube Channel and start a vlog. Talk about something you are good at or just vlog about your daily musings.
  23. Start a Yelp or Tripadvisor account and review all the restaurants and hotels you’ve been to.
  24. Adopt a pet from the shelter.
  25. Start your own indoor herb garden.
  26. Plant your own vegetables.
  27. Organize all your photos online and print the really good ones.
  28. Do a fixer upper on an old room in your house.
  29. Redecorate your living room.
  30. Deep clean your kitchen until it sparkles.
  31. Organize your fridge.
  32. De-clutter! Try out the popular KonMari Method to sort through all your stuff and stop hoarding for good.
  33. Finished de-cluttering? Earn extra money by selling your old and unused stuff online.
  34. Learn how to code. Find online tutorials that will teach you the basics and you can enroll in a formal course when you start getting the hang of it.
  35. Start your own home-based business. Sell cookies you learned how to bake or DIY aprons. You’ll be surprised that there is a market for homemade stuff!

Being sober can be fun and exciting! At Anaheim Lighthouse, we encourage our residents and alumni to engage in activities that will contribute to their overall health and wellbeing. If you want to learn more, contact us today.

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