7 Hobbies That Encourage Long-Lasting Sobriety

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Once sober, the daunting realization of your new life kicks in. This can be overwhelming and frightening for some people. As we all know, there is only one thing you have to change when you get sober – everything. Recent Studies show that between 50 and 90 percent of people will relapse after a period of time in recovery.

If you are not new to drug and alcohol recovery, than you are not new to the acronym “HALT.” This is a commonly used way to assist individuals in being conscious of when they are susceptible to relapse. H stands for hungry, A stands for angry, L stands for lonely, and T stands for tired. When you are any of these things, BEWARE! At these moments you are most vulnerable to the disease, and most likely to relapse. But if you ask me, they left out a letter… B. B stands for boredom! Commonly looked past, boredom is a prime trigger for individuals trying to recover. A lot of people tend to feel severe boredom just a few months into sobriety. At this point life begins to stabilize, and the chaos is gone. No more high’s and lows, and because of this sense of normality, and because it is so foreign to the individual, the feeling of monotony kicks in. For someone who is accustomed to chaos and craziness, this is a crucial and frail state to be in. So what can you do to beat these odds? How can you be sure that you do not become a part of a startling statistic? Well, there is a way! HOBBIES. The antidote of boredom is happiness, joy. Preforming pleasurable and healthy activities while transitioning from mental state to state in the rigorous recovery process, will insure stability. And finding happiness, is as easy as starting a hobby! Here are seven you can easily start today.

1.) Exercise

Physical activity will not only benefit you mentally, but aid in the healing internally. People have found that exercise in any form is a wonderful alternative to drugs and alcohol because of the toll it takes on you. Concentration, devotion, inspiration, dedication, and a whole lot of energy! Choose off this list of awesome activities, and get started!

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Yoga
  • Tennis
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Hockey
  • Roller Blading
  • Circuit Training
  • Body Building

 

2.) Photography

Photographers tend to find the beauty in everything, because there is beauty everywhere. Normally when people think of photography, they think expenses. Photography does not have to be expensive at all! In fact, you can even begin this hobby using your smartphone. Now, if you really want to get into it you can invest into costly equipment, and if you’re good enough you can even start making money doing so! Using your new hobby, you can  reconnect with old friends and family, people that may have become distant before you decided to recover. Sound good? Here are a few apps to get your started, and some cheap, but high quality cameras to invest in!

APPS:

  • Snapseed – Editing
  • VSCO – Editing
  • Camera+ – Editing & Rockin’ Filters
  • Cortex Camera – Great for Night Time Photos
  • TouchRetouch – Remove Unwanted Parts of Photos

CAMERAS:

  • Nikon D3400 – $399
  • Panasonic Lumix ZS50 / Lumix TZ70 – $285
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6/EOS 1300D – $299

 

3.) Volunteering

There is no better feeling, than being able to help someone in need. Considering the entire basis of this article is to teach you that happiness will conquer boredom, and when boredom is conquered, addiction is. Studies show the positive impact of volunteering on individuals shooting for long-term sobriety. You are guaranteed to steer clear of boredom when your time is occupied by making the world a better place. And there are infinite ways to be of service to others, here are a few to get you started!

  • Hospitals
  • Children’s Homes (Orphanage)
  • Veteran’s Organization
  • Treatment Centers (Help those who are going through what you’ve been through)
  • Soup Kitchens / Homeless Shelters
  • Senior Centers
  • Animal Shelters
  • Rescue Organization
  • Churches

 

4.) Cooking

Everyone needs food to live, right? There is something so special about experimenting and using food as your artistic medium. The best part is that you get to be the judge, and you get to eat everything! Taking up cooking as a hobby is something no only your taste buds will appreciate, but also your family and friends. There is no better way to bring people together than a meal. Cooking is something you can start while in rehab, you don’t even have to start during recovery. Go as far as planting your own fresh herbs, or if you have the space a garden. What is better than freshly cooked, home-made food? Freshly cooked home-made food that you grew yourself! Here are a few outlets where you can get inspiration and information.

  • YouTube
  • Cooking Websites
  • Food Network TV
  • Cook Books
  • Talking With Friends & Family

 

5.) Reading

Reading is an activity that can be done alone, or with others. Either way, getting lost in a good book is a sure way to keep your mind occupied and not HALT. Immerse yourself into a good read, and be able to relax and rejuvenate while gaining knowledge and opening up that imagination again. Get some friends or family together, and create a book club! Or, if you’re feeling up for it, join a book club at your local library and make some new friends.

 

6.) Games

Obviously this is a perfect way to defer your mind into the right direction. This is the good old fashioned clean fun that we are looking for while on the road of recovery. If you are into video games, there are endless hours of free content waiting for you – if you already have the gaming console – as well as endless gamers just like you, waiting for some competition. Video games can be a lot like books, as some have story lines to follow, and it becomes not only competitive but also compelling. Then there are the more traditional games such as checkers or chess. These are games that take time, concentration, and skill, a perfect way to keep away from boredom! With both video games and traditional, there are competitions you can attend and money or prizes to win. The sky is the limit with this one!

 

7.) Crafting

Crafting must be thought of as infinite artistic mediums, eager to let you express yourself. Artwork brings joy to the soul by creating an environment filled with focus style. Oh you aren’t crafty? Well, you are in luck because stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby offer thousands of craft ideas! Both stores also offer classes, most of which are lost cost or even free. You can easily learn a craft by signing up for one of their classes. Below you will find a few that they offer to get you going!

  • Cake Decorating
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Jewelry Making
  • Paper Crafting
  • Knit and Crochet

Increasing the levels of joy in your life will increase the chances of long-lasting sobriety. Please always remember that recovery is a practice. It does not happen over night, it is something that is going to be worked on day in and day out. But utilizing the hobbies and activities provided, you will succeed. You may have to try out a few different things to see what works best for you. Once you find the hobby that clicks, you’ll be set on the road to victory. The point of it all is to have fun and create a delightful substance-free life. Believe in yourself, trust your instincts and do what feels right.