Addiction recovery doesn’t have to be boring; in fact, it shouldn’t be. Oftentimes people equate a life of sobriety to a life of no fun. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself without engaging in substance use.
Boredom is a common trigger for relapse as individuals revert back to old habits as a way to pass the time or because they recall having more fun that way. Keeping yourself busy in healthy ways can help you remain on track with recovery while learning new skills and creating lasting memories along the way. If you feel like you’re falling into a rut and your recovery has lost its spark, here are a few things to try to keep it interesting:
- Try new things: Sign up for a pottery class or music lessons. Explore new hiking trails you haven’t been to. Participate in a cooking class or try your hand at golf. Think about all the things you’ve wanted to do but never given a chance. Test different activities out and see what you like or are good at.
- Meet new people: Making new friends can be challenging, but when you change up who you spend time with, it can add more interest and excitement to your life. Other people can get you involved in different activities and events you might not have explored before. It can also be fun getting to know others and giving yourself options.
- Change things up: Stuck in a rut? Start making small changes to your schedule. Schedule activities or trips so that you have something to look forward to. Perhaps give volunteering a try and feel the joy of giving back to others.
There are countless ways to stay busy and entertained in recovery if you try. Don’t focus on the things you think you’re missing out on, but instead all of the new opportunities that await you. Learn more about Seacliff’s Sober Living Program and how we can help you overcome addiction and create a life you love.Get the support you need to find enjoyment in sobriety at Seacliff. Call today to learn more about our comprehensive treatment programs.