An individual with addiction may fear life will be boring and not exciting in recovery. Sober living, in many people’s minds, bears images of quiet, slow evenings alone at home, away from the excitement of going out with others and being part of a group of people. Once individuals are established in sobriety, it is more likely the individuals will complain there is not enough time to do all there is to do. Boredom can be a real challenge for people in recovery. Learn why this happens and how to combat boredom to find excitement and joy in the process.
Boredom is not only an undesirable feature of recovery, it may also be dangerous. It can become a possible trigger for relapse. When a person feels bored, old tapes of life in addiction begin to play back and the individual may wonder whether life in recovery is worth the effort. Early recovery is usually the most challenging time for people. The remedy to boredom is finding fun things to do and people to enjoy them with who are also going through recovery.
When people first become sober, it can feel challenging as addiction can become a person’s whole identity. Early recovery can be a time of discovery when the individual rekindles lost interests or finds new things to enjoy. Try some of the following tips for keeping busy to avoid boredom in recovery:
Endless possibilities exist for people to stay entertained in recovery from addiction. Some of the most popular ways can include the following;
A supportive community is key to a long lasting recovery. Your recovery depends on staying engaged with a sober lifestyle. Call us to find out how to connect with others in your area who are practicing sober living techniques and living substance free.
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