Addiction is clinically recognized as a chronic mental health illness. It is characterized by compulsively engaging in rewarding stimuli (e.g. abusing drugs) without regard for consequence. An individual that struggles with addiction will prioritize satisfying his or her drug cravings above all else, which will impact all areas of his or her life. Addiction can lead to damaged relationships, legal issues, financial strain, and developing adverse health complications. Addiction can take over an individual’s life, as sustaining this disease becomes the primary focus and purpose for existing. The exorbitant amount of time an individual spent supporting his or her addiction will be suddenly freed when he or she begins the substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment process. The good news is that there are a ton of different sober options to choose from to occupy time! Try to remain open-minded and give yourself a chance to figure out new, sober ways to enjoy your time. Check out the some of the suggestions below to get your juices flowing:
- Exercise: get those endorphins released and stay fit at the same time by going to the gym and testing out new exercise equipment, attending a group fitness class (e.g. boxing, water aerobics, cycling, etc.), ice skating, playing in a pick-up sports game (e.g. basketball, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, etc.)
- Pamper yourself: get a haircut, get your nails done, get a massage
- Enjoy nature: lay under the stars, go hiking, go for a swim in a river, lake or ocean
- Get creative: take a painting class, try out ceramics, take a cooking class
- Try different out relaxation methods: meditation, yoga, reading, listening to music, journaling
- Get cultured: check out local museums, go to a live performance, go to an art gallery
- Hang with friends: host a spa night, watch a movie, have a pot-luck dinner
Do not get stuck on only cycling through the above options, as they are merely suggestions. Every person is different and will have unique likes and dislikes when it comes to the way they spend their time. Individuals develop extremely time-consuming, harmful habits and unhealthy patterns surrounding their addiction. Recovering from addiction is a long-term process that requires a steadfast, unwavering commitment. Individuals that are in recovery for substance abuse and/ or addiction must learn how to live their lives without drugs and alcohol, which for most includes learning new ways to occupy a significant amount of newfound free time.
For Information and Support
If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.