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Activities for Addiction Recovery Support

By Denise Schoonhoven
A large crowd at a football game cheers.

Outside of recovery support group meetings, sponsorship, service work and living one day at a time, people in recovery from addictions have the opportunity to participate in activities that support their sobriety. Recovery and treatment programs encourage fellowship and interaction with others on the same path of building a new life. Participating in events with others who have faced the same struggles and speak the same language can shore up your own commitment to ongoing recovery.

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12 Step Music Fest

Self-described as a mini Woodstock without the alcohol and drugs, this four-day festival features celebrity speakers and performers, marathon 12 step recovery program meetings and lively group activities. Key West, Florida, is the venue for the 2010 event and some meetings are conducted while participants float in the ocean. Musicians perform at a main stage and a coffeehouse stage throughout the festival. Vendor participants offer recovery-oriented medallions, jewelry, gifts and apparel. A children's tent is set up to provide activities and crafts each day.

12 Step Music Fest No Matter What Productions Inc. 1107 Key Plaza PMB 223 Key West, FL 33040 305-296-4726 12stepmusicfest.com

Sober Cruises

Sail the high seas in the companionship of fellow addicts in recovery on sober cruises organized by Sober Celebrations. Participants enjoy their own block of staterooms, private “Friends of Bill W.” meetings and guest speakers, and the support of each other in the midst of the cruise ships' environment. Three and seven-day packages cover the waters of the Caribbean, Africa and the Greek Isles. Cruises in 2011 include a Superbowl Weekend at Sea, a Big Book Cruise in Texas and the annual Halloween Gratitude Cruise.

Sober Celebrations 561-702-2312 sobercelebrations.com

Recovery Month Events

Every September, recovery organizations throughout the United States celebrate National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month with events that publicly recognize the successes of substance abuse treatment. Activities include Recovery Walks! through downtown Philadelphia, the Rally for Recovery walk and concert festival at Bicentennial Park in Miami, the Recovery Works! Celebration at a Minnesota Twins baseball game, a motorcycle poker run Recovery Ride in North Texas, and similar events across the country. Locate community events nearest you at the recoverymonth.gov website.

Sobriety Sports Tours

Fans looking for a way to enjoy their favorite sport in the company of supportive sober buddies find their way to events organized by Sobriety Sports Tours. Choose from baseball, football, basketball, golf and tennis tours. Thoroughbred aficionados can join trips to the track and depending upon demand and the season, tours to NASCAR events are available. Trips include accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation and event tickets. Along with the action-packed agenda, the focus is on sobriety and fellowship.

Sobriety Sports Tours & Travel 5821 Fairview Rd., Suite 118 Charlotte, NC 28209 704-643-7060 sobrietysportstours.com

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About the Author

Denise Schoonhoven has worked in the fields of acoustics, biomedical products, electric cable heating and marketing communications. She studied at Newbold College and Middlesex Polytechnic in the UK, and Walla Walla University. A writer since 2008, Schoonhoven is a seasoned business traveler, solo tourist, gardener and home renovator.

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