5 Non-Drinking Activities in Huntington Beach, California

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

May 18, 2023

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For those who have struggled to get sober, or who have seen a loved one struggle, they know how hard it can be to watch. Often, one’s surroundings can greatly impact the journey to recovery.  

It has been shown that people, places, and things can be the most triggering to those in recovery.  Many times, addicts do not have the greatest friend groups, or even know how to live a sober life. 

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Usually, an addict’s daily activities have mostly centered around using. Therefore, carving out a new life without addiction can present quite a challenge.  

Like learning a new skill, creating a sober life takes rehearsing, and practice. Orange County has a very large sober community and therefore it makes it an ideal place to get sober.  

Huntington Beach Non-Drinking Activities 

Huntington Beach in particular has many activities to offer its residents. Aside from having tons of great restaurants, state of the art movie theaters, and shopping, Huntington Beach has beautiful weather, beaches, gardens, and more that residents can enjoy, making there no shortage of sober activities. 

There is plenty to do in Huntington Beach that doesn’t involve alcohol. Below are 5 examples of things to do without drinking in Huntington Beach. 

Visiting Beaches

 The beaches of Huntington Beach are world famous. With Huntington Beach having mild sunny weather year-round, those who live in the area are lucky to be able to enjoy these beaches all year.  In Huntington, the beaches are much more than just sand and water. Yes, they are deep beautiful beaches too, but in addition, they are large gathering places for people of all walks of life. 

At the beaches in Huntington, you will see people playing volleyball, skateboarding and or engaging in another beach sport. Furthermore, bonfires are allowed on the beach, so gathering with friends around a fire toasting marshmallows is definitely an easy, fun, accessible sober activity!

The Sherman Library and Gardens

The Sherman Library and Gardens are located in Corona del Mar, just a few minutes from Huntington Beach. The Sherman Library was founded in 1966 to be a tranquil refuge from bustling Los Angeles. The Sherman Library is complete with multiple gardens. A sun garden, perennial garden, succulent garden, and palm collection among other types of gardens. In addition to gardens, you can also find a beautiful orchid collection, and Koi pond. Head to the Sherman Library and Gardens to enjoy a relaxing day amongst beautiful greenery.

Hiking

Huntington Beach has many hiking trails. Whether you would like to hike, bike, or simply just walk, there’s a hiking trail for everyone, from a professional to a novice.  Trails range in everything from distance to terrain. For example, if the mood fits, you can hike a quick 2-mile beach loop, or you can take on a challenge and hike a 4-mile nature preserve.  In either case, you won’t be disappointed with your extensive hiking options in Huntington Beach.  

Visiting Conservation Areas 

 As we know, connecting with nature can be so therapeutic.  In fact, much therapy today included getting into nature, and grounding whether it be in the forest, or at the ocean.  Furthermore, animals have been used to ground us therapeutically as well.  Equine therapy is being utilized more and more. Visiting conservation areas in Huntington Beach can be a great sober activity and can be quite rejuvenating as well.  There are many conservation areas in the Huntington Beach vicinity as preservation of land is of great importance in this region.  Head to a conservation area and take in all the nature that Huntington Beach has to offer.  

Surfing

Many people associate surfing with the California coast, and they are not wrong. As you frequent the beaches of Orange County, you will see surfers abound. Surfing is the all-time favorite California pastime. For those looking to try new things in recovery, surfing quickly becomes a fan favorite. At most of the Huntington Beach beaches surfboards and lessons are available. Often while out surfing you will also see the California wildlife, especially seals, making this a really fun, sober activity.

Sober Support Groups in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach has a large sober community and therefore has proper support readily available for those looking to embark on a new sober life. From 12 step meetings, to meditation and prayer groups, to collectives, Huntington Beach has so much support available for those who are newly sober. 

In addition to newly sober groups, there is a long history of the sober community in Huntington Beach. Therefore, different generations are able to help one another making for very strong community support.  

Renaissance Recovery’s Huntington Beach Rehab

At Renaissance Recovery’s Huntington Beach Rehab, we are ready and able to help you get your new life started.  We know how hard it can be to break free from the chains of addiction, and how hard it can be to watch a loved one struggle.  

From detox to IOP (intensive outpatient) treatment, we are able to help you achieve sobriety for the long term. We know that often, mental health plays a role in addiction, and it is overlooked.  At Renaissance Recovery, we are able to diagnose and treat these co-occurring conditions, creating a true healing experience. Reach out today at 866-330-9449!

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Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.

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