Recovering from alcoholism is one of the most harrowing, yet rewarding experiences one can ever endure. If you have recently completed treatment, you might be worried about the obstacles ahead, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. Recovery is not without its moments of difficulty, but you had the strength to get this far and with the help of your friends and family, you can continue down this path and achieve further improvements in your overall physical and mental well-being.
A major key in your life as a recovering alcoholic is being able to find new, healthy hobbies and activities that contribute to the maintenance of your sobriety. Hobbies are important for many individuals, no matter where they are in life, but they will be particularly crucial for a recovering alcoholic, especially early on in the recovery process.
The Dangers of Boredom and Spare Time
If you are still adjusting to sobriety, remember that too much free time is not usually beneficial for a recovering alcoholic’s well-being and can often lead to:
- Difficulties with recovery
An abundance of spare time often leads recovering alcoholics to think of the fun they had when they used to drink and might even cultivate resentment about having to get clean. This does not mean you are failing at recovery! It is never fun for anyone to sit around at home and, just like anyone else, recovering alcoholics still need and deserve to be treated like others and experience interaction and stimulation so long as it is healthy.
The Benefits of Developing Hobbies
Hobbies are an excellent way for individuals to discover meaning and passion in life. Without a purpose in life, it can be nearly impossible for a recovering alcoholic to build the foundations of a successful recovery. You have already worked hard for your sobriety, so now is the time to find something new that can fill the void in a healthy way that brings you joy. Some of the benefits you can reap from developing new hobbies include:
- New ways to unwind and relax
- Opportunities to meet new people
- Opportunities to learn new skills
- Discover talents you were previously unaware of
- Explore your creative side
- Transform your new hobby into a part-time job
- Have fun and enjoy life
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How to Find Healthy Hobbies
The benefits of developing hobbies sound amazing, especially since alcoholism and addiction, in general, can rob individuals of the things they once had a passion for, but how does one rediscover or create new hobbies? Begin this segment of your journey with some of these suggestions:
- Think of what you used to enjoy prior to your addiction: There is no rule that says you cannot rekindle the love you once had for the hobbies that alcoholism stole from you. Give it a try and see if you are able to rediscover your appreciation for them.
- Go online and research new hobbies: The hobbies you once had are not the only hobbies out there. Do you enjoy crafting or cooking? Check out Pinterest for some motivation to get started on a new and exciting project. When it comes to the internet, the possibilities are endless, so investigate things that might pique your interest.
- Ask others about the hobbies they enjoy: One of the most common ways in which people get involved with new hobbies is through their friends. Perhaps one of your friends is part of a book club or takes a spin class a few nights a week. Ask if you can tag along! Sometimes adjusting to a new group can be a bit intimidating, but if you have a friend to ease you into it, you might find it easier and more enjoyable.
- Look through park district classes: Many communities offer classes at a low cost or for free at their local park district or library. Take a look and see if any of them interest you. This can also be a great way to meet other people and to feel more connected to your community.
- Volunteer: Sometimes it can be hard to find a hobby that specifically speaks to your interest so, in the meantime, consider donating your time to an organization in the area. Is there an organization with a mission that you support? Many nonprofit organizations are low on funds or run on tight budgets, so your help would be more than appreciated.
- Find other ways to be needed: Recovering alcoholics tend to have a lot of relationships that are in need of mending, so consider taking some time to work on helping others or your family. Take your parents’ dog out for a walk or take care of the grocery shopping for your household. This will not only give you something to do with your free time, but it will give you a purpose and repair the relationships you value.
Suggested Fun & Sober Hobbies
Looking for something fun, safe, and sober to do in your recovery? Give these activities a chance:
- Active hobbies like walking, running, swimming, cycling, or joining a gym
- Relaxing hobbies like mindfulness meditation, tai chi, yoga, or journaling
- Mentally-stimulating hobbies like reading, part-time study, creative writing, learning a new language, or art
- Outdoor hobbies like gardening, camping, rock climbing, fishing, or hiking
Arming You with the Tools You Need to Defeat Your Addiction
At Decision Point Center in Arizona, we understand the difficulties of overcoming alcohol dependency, which is why we are committed to providing effective clinical treatment that can help build the proper foundation for lasting sobriety. Our treatment programs begin with a comprehensive evaluation that is designed to provide you with the skills you need for long-term success.
Get started on your journey toward recovery today and give us a call at (844) 292-5010 to learn more about the services we offer.