Friday, August 2, 2013

Handling Free Time During Recovery

Boredom is perhaps the biggest threat to sobriety for recovering drug addicts. The transition back to real life following rehabilitation can be a difficult one. Without a solid game plan in place, the risk of relapse is multiplied exponentially. In this entry, we will discuss some tips and idea on how best to utilize your free time as a recovering drug addict. 
Start a new hobby

1 – Seek out employment. This is not meant to be a lecture on laziness or wasting time. Rather, an opportunity to apply yourself in a positive manner. Steady employment can keep you busier than most other activities, offering rewards, financial security and the potential for new, positive relationships.

2 – Dive into a hobby! If you’re one of the many who find difficulty seeking out employment during the initial recovery stages, a hobby can be a wonderful way to spend your free time. Start a comic book collection, learn an instrument, take up knitting! Whatever activity you choose, make sure you have fun with it!

3 – Exercise your mind! Throw your head into a good book, take a class at the local community college, or keep a daily journal. These types of activities can provide hours of positive amusement while offering the potential to better yourself long-term.

4 – Exercise your body! Mental stimulation is one thing, but tackling pain and stress through physical exercise can just as (if not more) rewarding. Grab a gym membership or start jogging around the neighborhood. Set some goals and track your progress!

Need Help?

If you or someone you love is struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, Above it All treatment center is the place to call! Pick up the phone today, and let our team of addiction specialists help you back on track towards the healthy, happy and productive lifestyle you’ve been missing. 


  1. This article was amazing! My friend who was actually seeking sober activities read this and was so thankful!

  2. This was a great post! I know way too many people who got "bored" and went back to the drug!

  3. These are great for everyone not just people who are recovering from addiction. That being said - it shouldn't be hard for anyone to find someone to do these with, especially working out!

  4. This was fantastic information! I was always curious when my cousin might be up to! GREAT POST!