One of the most difficult things for people beginning their journey to sobriety is finding ways to stay active and have fun without alcohol or drugs. For these people, there is often an assumption that a sober life is a boring life, but this is not at all true. It is absolutely possible to have fun while recovering.
It is definitely true that you will undergo a lot of life changes during your recovery. In many circumstances, recovery doesn’t just involve eliminating alcohol or drugs—it also involves the elimination of other types of unhealthy habits and behaviors that may have previously taken up a lot of your time. Without these habits that may have taken up a lot of your day previously, and without alcohol or drugs to do a lot of the thinking for you, it’s understandable to feel as though your life suddenly has a sizable hole.
The trick is to not think of all this extra time as a hole, but as an opportunity to do more constructive things and live a fuller life. Without giving yourself over to substances that control your life, you’ll suddenly have the ability to understand how much that substance was actually holding you back and preventing you from living a positive, full life.
Simply put, there are plenty of wonderful activities you can joy and experiences you can partake in that will help you live an exciting and fulfilling life in sobriety.
Boredom can be a danger
This isn’t to say you’ll never experience boredom in your journey to sobriety, or that becoming sober automatically removes potential dangers from your life. But sobriety and rehab experts have noticed over and over again that the more boredom a person experiences, the more likely he or she is to relapse and begin using alcohol or drugs again.
Boredom can also lead to anger and depression, and feelings that sobriety is not what it was cracked up to be. The more these feelings begin to permeate your mind, the more you might attempt to justify using again.
Therefore, it becomes important to get involved in fun activities so you can fill your schedule with things that are both fun and productive so you don’t have the time for these feelings to creep in.
It might be challenging at first to find activities you enjoy, or to get back into hobbies you loved before you became addicted. However, the effort you put in over time will be more than worth it. As you become more accustomed to your new life, you’ll almost certainly find there actually aren’t enough hours in the day for you to do everything you’d like to do.
So try something new. Join a club. Play a sport. Go to the gym. Get outside. There are so many great opportunities for you to experience and embrace.
For more tips to help you in your journey to sobriety and for help with achieving sober living in Phoenix, AZ, contact Advanced Sober Living today.
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