If you are a recovering addict or alcoholic living in the Charleston area, you’re probably one of the luckier people in America for several reasons: first, Charleston is simply a beautiful place. Just about everywhere you look there’s something remarkable to see. In fact, many of us here probably take it for granted, simply because it’s all around us. In this post, we’ll highlight a few great activities for recovering addicts in Charleston, SC.
Staying active is so important. Keeping your mind and body occupied and energized is essential, especially when you are trying to develop healthy habits. When you are recovering from addiction, your body will crave the endorphins that it’s used to getting from your drug of choice. Physical activity produces these endorphins naturally, helping you feel better, get stronger, and boost your confidence in recovery. Why not try running or walking the famous Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge between Charleston and Mount Pleasant?
Rediscover Your Inner Child
Getting sober and staying sober is very much about rediscovering a joyful part of yourself. Many of us have buried that part of ourselves so deeply under our addictions that it may be difficult to dig out—but it’s still in there.
Think back to your youth, your childhood, or any happy time that may have occurred before drugs and alcohol took over. Is there something from back then that you lost? Why not try it again?
Check Out The Local Model Train Club
Did you ever enjoy model trains? Why not visit the Charleston Area Model Railroad Club. There’s no charge to drop by, and they’re open until 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While there, you can check out their layouts, meet other train enthusiasts, and maybe even get involved in building scenery.
Rediscover Our Civil War History
Did you ever love playing soldiers? Charleston was an important part of the American civil war, and there are many events, reenactments, museums, tours, and historical locations waiting to be explored. Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, the Charleston Museum or the Confederate Museum are all great places to step back in time. The Magnolia Cemetery is a peaceful stroll too, and a place you can wander among the graves of more than 2,000 Confederate soldiers. Pretend you’re a tourist, and check out the visitor’s center, where you may be able to join a war-oriented walking tour.
Visit Boone Hall Plantation or Charleston’s Old Neighborhoods
Step outside of yourself and discover another side of Charleston’s past at the Boone Hall Plantation. Still functioning as a plantation, it is also a museum, with gardens, horse stables and a working farm you can visit (strawberry picking, anyone?). Or, for something a little closer to home, head out to discover the perfectly preserved 18th century architecture of Rainbow Row, or the Nathaniel Russell House on Meeting Street. Just about any cobblestoned street south of Broad will lead you to neighborhoods that seem like they are out of time.
Visit Magnolia Plantation
Want to feel like you’re in another world entirely? It’s easy to spend a day at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and get lost in nature. The peaceful and pristine beauty is absolutely breathtaking, and there are even areas a little off the beaten path to discover—like the swamp garden, the zoo, the nature train, and a boat tour of the rice fields.
The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation: Sober Living in Charleston, SC
These are just a few ways to spend your time around Charleston as you are working towards building healthy, happy moments to support your sobriety. If you’re unsure, try one of these activities with another recovering addict. There is no requirement to love anything you end up doing, but you might be surprised at what happens.
If you are struggling to stay sober and motivated to succeed, a sober living home may be right for you. The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation provides sober living residences in the beautiful coastal region of Charleston, SC. We would love to talk to you about how we can help.