Activities and Hobbies

For many of us in recovery, when we first get sober, we realize that we aren't quite sure what to do. Many of the activities that we were used to doing are now tied to the memories of our addiction.

In order to have a strong recovery, we usually have to change our old activities and find new, healthier ones.

Here are some examples of the kinds of activities you might look into:

  • Old activities you lost to your addiction
    • Reclaiming an activity you used to enjoy but lost to your addiction at some point can be one of the most satisfying, “full circle” types of fun you can have in recovery.
    • Did you give up playing an instrument in order to hang out with kids that smoked pot? Or perhaps you and your spouse used to go hiking and sightseeing on weekend mornings instead of getting drunk at brunch?
    • Whatever you used to have fun doing, this is a great time to pick it up and try it out again.
  • New activities you never tried because of your addiction
    • You can go anywhere, do anything, and still be working your recovery. Granted, if you are in early recovery you might need a sober friend or two with you to be able to recognize when it’s time for you to leave, but don’t let that prevent you from having fun.
    • The point is, if you are willing to defend your recovery, at some point you’ll likely find yourself with the time, money, and friendships necessary to start having some real fun. Have you always wanted to go skydiving or snowboarding, but never got around to it? Now is the time to give it a try.
  • Activities that weren’t fun anymore because of your addiction
    • There are some activities that we did or think we did, while in our addiction that might feel brand new to us in recovery. You might enjoy things like playing with your children, or chatting with your parents on the telephone, a lot more than you’d expect now that you can actually be present for them.

What activities/hobbies come to mind when you think of how you might try having fun in recovery?

Check out the article Fighting Boredom.

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