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How to Stay Sober During the Winter Months

Staying sober during any season can be difficult, but wintertime poses several additional threats to people in recovery and the winter season can have a profound effect on mood, activity levels, and mental health. The days are shorter and darker, outdoor activities are limited, and memories surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas can sometimes be difficult to cope with. People in recovery are also particularly vulnerable to a certain type of seasonal depression called seasonal affective disorder or SAD. SAD is most common during the winter months, however, it can also affect people during the summer months as well.1 If you’re recovering from addiction, it’s very important that you have a plan to fight off those winter blues. Staying connected with your peers in recovery and finding fun, sober activities to stave off boredom can go a long way! Fortunately, here in Texas, it’s easy to remain active year-round, even during the cooler winter months, and there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy that don’t have to involve alcohol. To help you fill your free time with winter sober activities that can be enjoyed on your own or with a group, we’ve compiled a complete bucket list for the Austin and Houston areas. Although not all of these events are completely alcohol-free, none of them are focused on the bar scene, drinking, or being intoxicated, so all you have to do is get out of the house and have a good time.

Fall and Winter Sober Activities in Austin, Texas (2018-2019)

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Fall and Winter Sober Activities in Houston, Texas (2018-2019)

houston fall activities Looking for sober summer activities? Check out our guide for fun and interesting ways to have a great sober summer. If you or someone you know needs help getting sober or staying sober after rehab, call Nova Recovery Center today. We operate detox centers, rehab facilities, and sober living homes in Texas and Colorado, with comprehensive addiction treatment programs that carry clients all the way through their recovery journey. Don’t waste another day struggling with addiction. Call Nova Recovery Center for more details.   References:
  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20364651
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