Participation in team sports can teach a lot of good values. It can teach you that working together with others towards a common goal is the best way to become a fully formed individual. It can teach you a lot about what it means to become a man. Team sports also build courage and confidence. Even if you did not join as a youth, it is never too late to give it a go as an adult.
Us vs. Them
Men have a tendency to break themselves into groups that are in and those that are out. Male teams bond over being better than other teams. It is what gives them a competitive edge on the field or court. In team sports, the excesses of in and out group rivalries can be kept in check and be healthy sources of belonging and accessibility to people who understand you when maybe you feel on the outside in recovery.
Learning about the role you play in a group is important. You are not the only one on the field. You have to work together for the betterment of the team. Easily you begin to learn you can have fun even if you’re not the best player. Simply being part of the team is a huge win, even if you’re not the star player. The thing about team sports and status is that it elevates you. Real-time feedback brings measures of worth and helps you find ways of belonging to raise your sense of self.
Men are not seen as being good at cooperating by the women of the world. This is not true. Men are actually better in cooperation with other men than women with other women. Men are more willing to cooperate with other men than women are with each other, especially when it comes to a lower rank or status. Being on a team requires men to learn that to win, they have to put the team ahead of themselves. This is a good thing to learn in recovery from addiction, as well. The more you lift others up, the better you will feel.
The reality is that sports help your brain move into a new realm. Exposure to sports gives you confidence and brings out your other side that helps you be strong mentally and physically tough also. Team sports are a great fit for kids as well as adults, but it takes time to develop the skills as an adult. Some tips:
- Find friends in recovery to play sports with
- Find pick-up games at rec centers or with buddies
- Join sports leagues and try them out to have fun
- Don’t hesitate to join lesson groups to learn new things
One of the other great aspects of doing group sports is you end up meeting new friends and working out. This helps blow off steam and let you find other things to do with your time aside from thinking about recovery. This can be a great way to help you move forward in a healthy way.
The best way to move forward in recovery is to find what works for you and give it a try. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.