What to Do in San Diego?

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One of the major things people worry about when getting and staying sober is having fun and finding a community without the use of drugs or alcohol. This is an improtant aspect to continue when entering rehab for drug or alcohol addiction – not only how to get sober, but how to stay sober after treatment.

 Alcohol can be particularly problematic, as it is built into a lot of activities. From bars and clubs to parties with friends, it seems like alcohol is everywhere. Drinking becomes just another part of having fun and being social. Once patients enter recovery, some aren’t sure what they can do to have fun—and if they’ll ever be able to really have fun again.

At Northbound Treatment – we are here to show you that sobriety doesn’t have to be boring! Through tools and practice, sobriety can become a natural, positive and fun part of day to day life.

 Sober Activities in San Diego

San Diego is a cultural hub, with plenty of fun activities that you can do without the use of drugs or alcohol. There is also a lot of natural beauty to enjoy, and lots of fun outdoor activities. Below are a few of our favorite San Diego based sober activities:


San Diego has beautiful hiking locations. Whether it is hiking Potato Chip Rock, Cowles Mountain, Iron Mountain, or any of the other stunning locations in San Diego, you’ll find that there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. Hiking is an excellent way to get exercise, practice mindfulness, and de-stress. 


 San Diego has some of the best surf spots in the world. If you love the water and want to conquer the waves, you’ll find that there are tons of opportunities to hit the waves and surf. If you don’t know how to surf, you’ll be happy to find that there are tons of great surf schools that have quality instructors that can show you how to ride the waves.


 Yoga is a super calming form of both exercise and meditation that doesn’t involve the use of alcohol or drugs. Through yoga, you can stretch, meditate, and practice being present in challenging or uncomfortable feelings. There are plenty of yoga classes in San Diego, and it’s also something you can do at home with friends or alone.


 San Diego is home to a variety of amazing museums. Whether it’s the Maritime Museum, Air and Space Museum, or one of the other amazing museums in the city, you’ll find that there are a lot of opportunities for both fun and learning. 


Whether you want to check out the next big blockbuster or see a great indie film, there are plenty of movie theaters in the San Diego area. 


 San Diego is home to a diverse array of different cuisines. No matter what type of food you are in the mood for, there is a great restaurant for you to check out. If you are concerned about being in a restaurant that serves alcohol, consider taking someone else in recovery with more time than you to keep you company and keep you accountable.

 Go to the Beach

The coastline in and around San Diego has more than 70 miles of beaches! The beach is a nice place to go for a swim, get a great tan, play volleyball, surf, and just relax for a little while with friends. You can pack a cooler with your favorite non-alcoholic beverages and soak up the sun.

 Why Northbound Treatment in San Diego?

If you are ready to seek treatment for your alcohol and/or drug addiction, you’ll find that there are a few different options in the San Diego area, but Northbound Treatment offers highest treatment services and is staffed with top experts in their fields.

 Some of the benefits of Northbound Treatment in San Diego include: 

·       Diversity of Services. At Northbound Treatment, we offer a variety of diverse treatment services. These include residential treatment, drug/alcohol detox, intensive outpatient, interventions, partial hospitalization, and more. Our approach is multi-faceted, and we offer our patients a variety of different tools to help them both during their treatment at our facility, as well as in the outside world.

·       Our Code of Ethics. We take pride in how we treat our patients. We know that entering into recovery is difficult, and we make sure our patients are supported throughout their treatment journey. At Northbound, every patient is treated as an individual and shown the care and respect they deserve.

·       Aftercare.Going to Northbound for treatment means becoming part of an extended community of others in sobriety. We have excellent aftercare programs for our Alumni to help them to stay sober once they’ve graduated from our program. We also offer volunteer opportunities so our patients can “pass it along” after they graduate.

Sobriety Can Be Fun (and filled with possibility!) 

Sobriety doesn’t have to be boring. While changing habits may take practice, finding new positive activities, and a community that supports your healthy lifestyle is worth it in the end.  For more information about sobriety and treatment, reach out to Northbound Treatment today! 

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