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Sober Camping at the 2015 Backwoods Music Festival

Enjoying a Sober Life to its Fullest

One of the biggest and most important parts of recovery from addiction is making long-term lifestyle changes. The goal is to find a way of living that is healthy, positive and productive. This can be rather troublesome at times, and many people have struggled with substance abuse issues or have gone through the recovery process that has questioned whether or not they will ever be able to have fun or enjoy themselves again. The simple answer is “Of course you can!”

Recovery from addiction does not mean that life will suddenly be utterly boring or that the person can no longer do any of the things that they used to enjoy when they were still drinking or using drugs. While going out to bars or nightclubs is not a good idea for a person in recovery, there are still plenty of things that they can enjoy without being stressed about resisting temptation and staying sober.

Backwoods Music and Camping Festival

Music lovers who have been or are currently going through the recovery process have most likely been to a majority of music events in their life while under the influence. For many of these people, the idea of going to a concert or music festival may cause anxiety or doubt about their recovery and their ability to remain substance-free. However, for those fans that do not want to abandon their love of music, a responsible alternative should be available to them. It is for this reason that Best Drug Rehabilitation is sponsoring the “Live To Be Sober” Camping Area at the 2015 Backwoods Music and Camping Festival in Oklahoma.

Substance-Free Environments

Many music festivals like Backwoods have sober camping areas which provide safe, substance-free environments for festival goers and music lovers who, without any judgment whatsoever of other festival attendees, have chosen to enjoy the festival in a clean and sober state. Many sober zones also provide space for recovery group support meetings (such as AA/NA or SMART Recovery) if any of the campers feel the need to talk, drawing strength from one another and keeping each other motivated to stay clean in a situation where they might have previously used drugs or alcohol.

A person who is in recovery from addiction usually comes to realize that there are plenty of people who are just like them, who have shared the same experiences and a very similar journey through recovery. While every person is unique, with their personalities and backgrounds, many of the people that have overcome addiction have taken the same steps and can understand each other in ways that people who have not gone through the recovery process cannot. It is these similarities that form the basis of the strong support networks that are so vital in remaining sober after completing a treatment program.

With the right program, patients don’t simply get clean and sober, not to say that is a mere process on its own. The best program is designed to help them uncover and address the underlying issues that may be causing their addictive behaviors. They learn a variety of skills and discover many tools that will allow them to face life head-on and remain substance-free. With the confidence in themselves that comes from a strong foundation in recovery, our patients come to understand that they can still enjoy life and have fun without using drugs or alcohol, and still participate in many of the types of things that they did before. In fact, they discover that life becomes much more enjoyable when clean and sober, especially when they can remember it the next day!

In recovery, building and maintaining strong support networks is crucial to remaining drug and alcohol-free. These support systems are also beneficial in discovering other functions and events that a person can enjoy with like-minded people, and even organize some events of their own, like a BBQ picnic, a fishing trip or even just a night out at the movies. Life doesn’t end when you quit using drugs and alcohol. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Life begins with recovery.

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  • Long term changes can still be fun. Backwoods Music and Camping Festival sounds like a barrel of fun. This will still be fun for people recovering from addiction and will help them know they don't have anything to lose.

  • I personally believe that the Backwoods Music Festival is a great way to show addicts that life can be fruitful with out relying on drugs.

  • This sounds like a really fun and novel way to make recovery a bearable process. It shows that concerts and musical events don't have to require addictive substances and helps those recovering at the same time. Bravo!

  • What a great idea! Allowing recovering addicts to still experience the fun of a music festival without being surrounded by all of the drugs and alcohol. It is such a thoughtful thing that Best Drug Rehab is doing by sponsoring such an event. It also sounds like a blast! Having fun without people doing damaging things to themselves with drugs or alcohol. I would love to attend something like this!

  • I think this is great. When I stopped drinking, it was hard to go out an be social. Most of the people that I knew and had hung out with still drank. Most things that I had done involved alcohol or just getting a drink. It was very hard to overcome. I wish I had had something like this to help me through the first part. It seemed like I was the only one not drinking and it made me feel depressed. Having people that support you or that has gone through what you have gone through is essential when overcoming addiction.

  • Anyone can make a change in their life if they truly want to. This article is a good one in general for anyone wishing to make a positive change in their life. Exercise and a good diet is always a good thing.

    It may seem that your life is a bit dull and boring at first because you are not in the altered reality of the drug or whatever it was that you were addicted to, you are not used to it and it may feel a bit off at the beginning.

    It is actually sad once you think about it how some artists have anxiety thinking about the idea of going on stage sober. This is really how they should be performing at their best and not when under some mood altering drug as the drug is performing them and not themselves.

    It is true that people with similar backgrounds share a certain reality factor and it’s easier to communicate with them. This is why I think it is a great idea that most of the people working at Best Drug Rehabilitation used to be patients there. That way they have full understanding on what the patients are going through as they went through it themselves.

    It’s great how this rehab facility empowers them with the knowledge and tools to remain sober after they have gotten that far. That way their work is not all for not. The ending is quite inspiring.

  • What a great idea! And what fun. I love going to music concerts. I really don't know many people who don't so to have something like this for the recovering addict is so awesome. They can go and enjoy a concert in a safe environment with other people who have the same goals as they do. It's got to be so much fun. Thanks to BDR for figuring out so many ways to help a person get over their addiction and back to enjoying life.

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