As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact America, drug use is on the rise. In fact, Kipu Health reported that the number of opioid overdoses in large cities has risen by 54 percent in 16 states. The link between opioid addiction and COVID-19 is a serious issue that those in addiction recovery should be aware of so they can avoid becoming a statistic.
In addition to our comprehensive continuing care services, the skilled team of clinicians at Miramar Recovery is sharing ten activities in and around the Orange County area to help you keep sober during COVID-19 and beyond.
Ten sober activities in Orange County
One of the most important things to remember in recovery is to stay active. Boredom can cause you to revert to unhealthy behaviors, like substance use. To help you stay active, we’ve put together a list of fun, healthy and sober activities you can enjoy in and around your local community of Orange County. Here they are:
- 12-Step meetings: AA, NA, AOCYPAA
While you may not consider these meetings as a top way to have fun in Orange County, they are filled with people who understand your specific struggles with substance abuse and won’t judge you. In addition to effective recovery meetings, these groups often gather for fun mixers, BBQs, retreats and sober holiday observances.
- Take a hike
There’s a positive association between exercise and successful recovery. Luckily Orange County has plenty of built-in ways for you to keep sober while enjoying the great outdoors, like:
- Panhe Nature Trail (San Onofre State Beach)
- Green Route (Crystal Cove State Park)
- Tour de Trestles (Trestles Beach)
- Shoestring to Hick’s Haul (Limestone Canyon)
- Chiquito Falls (Cleveland National Forest)
- Beek’s Place (Black Star Canyon)
- Become a coffee connoisseur
Kean Coffee, Milk and Honey, and Coffee Dose are some of the coolest, hippest spots to enjoy a morning, afternoon or evening cup of Joe or tea with a friend. These spots are located in right in the heart of Orange County’s hustle and bustle.
- Move your body
Exercise is proven to reduce feelings of depression and improve your mood. It can also act as a healthy coping mechanism and help ward off unhealthy behaviors. We recommend American Gym. It is a great place to learn self-defense and other ways to healthily cope with stress.
- Visit a farmer’s market
If you haven’t been to a farmer’s market or flea market in Orange County, then you are missing out. They offer everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to home-made foods, goods and crafts. Wake up early this Saturday to enjoy a socially distanced visit to the Irvine Farmer’s Market or Costa Mesa’s Swap Meet.
- Indulge in a hobby
Since we are all spending more time at home this year, it’s important to find a new hobby, or try doing something you once loved as a child like coloring, painting, gardening or fishing. These activities engage your mind, keep you busy and are a healthy way to cope with feelings of stress, depression or anxiety.
- Go for a swim
Orange County is home to some of the most beautiful weather. We are fortunate to be able to enjoy the beach year-round. Whether you enjoy swimming, surfing, paddle boarding or playing flag football or volleyball on the beach, there are plenty of healthy ways to keep sober while soaking up some sun.
- Try a museum
Learn something new by visiting the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, which is open again with COVID-19 safety precautions. This particular museum is filled to the brim with special exhibits and programs for children both young and old.
- Explore local wetlands
The Bolsa Chica wetlands are the perfect place to go if you want to explore local wildlife.
- Take the 1,000 steps challenge
Get in a workout and take home bragging rights when you conquer 1,000 Steps Beach in Laguna Beach. These hundreds of stairs lead to an amazing beach, tide pools and a cave. This quiet and calm activity makes it a perfect respite from the noise of everyday life.
Developing new habits during and after treatment is vital for long-term recovery and mental health. If you or a loved one is in need of addiction recovery support, please call Miramar Recovery at (949) 691-5036. We provide comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction treatment to help you live the joyful, productive life you deserve. It’s time to start healing.