People recovering from substance addiction must always be mindful of things that could trigger relapse. During and even long after addiction therapy, people may still feel vulnerable and may require support as they continue to make life changes. The addiction recovery process is intensive, but it doesn’t mean that individuals can’t have fun or enjoy many different aspects of their lives while in therapy.

In fact, part of recovery must be spent shedding former social circles or activities that were associated with substance abuse and finding new activities and things to do that support sobriety and healthy living. This summer, Asheville, North Carolina, has much to offer residents and visitors alike. If you’re in recovery, the following events are worth checking out.

Biltmore Blooms

  • Biltmore Estate
  • March 20-May 25

Throughout spring, the 8,000 acres of the Biltmore Estate come to life with their myriad spring flower blooms. This annual flower festival is featured in the visitor areas with a colorful showcase of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. Inside the mansion, visitors can take in a lavish display of beautiful house plants.

You don’t have to be a gardening enthusiast to enjoy this event. Simply strolling the grounds and enjoying the natural scenery can enhance your mood. It’s also a chance to get some fresh air and meet new people.

Mother Earth News Fair

  • Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
  • April 28-29

The Mother Earth News Fair attracts people from all over the country with interactive workshops and live demonstrations. A celebration of sustainability and natural health, this fair is filled with local and national demonstrators who will share their enthusiasm for organic foods and country living.

21st Annual Cherokee Voices Festival

  • Museum of the Cherokee Indian
  • June 9

Learn about some of the region’s earliest residents at the Cherokee Voices Festival. Held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, this festival is free to attend and will feature music, dance, arts and crafts and storytelling.

Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts

  • Pack Square Park
  • July 7-8

The Downtown Ashville Festival of the Arts attracts a wide variety of local, regional and national artists displaying an array of arts and crafts. People who attend can shop for everything from fine art to jewelry, woodwork, fine paintings and more. It’s another great opportunity to spend time outdoors, meeting people and viewing inspiring works from artists.

LEAF Downtown Ashville

  • Pack Square Park
  • August 3-4

The LEAF Downtown Ashville event is a celebration of international music. This event features three stages showcasing musicians and bands who bring global music to this Ashville park. Food trucks, vendors and artisans will accompany this popular music event, which also features free admission and family-friendly activities.

When exploring new things to see and do in Ashville to complement your recovery journey, it can be helpful to research before attending. Many events may put you in proximity to alcohol or alcohol vendors. To reduce your risk of relapse, especially during that first initial year when you may still feel so vulnerable to temptation, look for activities that are sure to support your goals for sober living.

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