You will have more time on your hands once you’re sober. Hours once spent intoxicated now will be used in different, much healthier ways. The very first step you should take is to reach out and get someone to hold you accountable. Without guidance, the many options can become overwhelming.
Since sitting in front of the TV all day can lead to temptation-inducing boredom, here are some steps you can take to stay busy and sober:
Take inventory of things you once enjoyed.
Think about activities you enjoyed before you were addicted. Maybe you once enjoyed painting, reading or writing. You may have even once played a sport in school. Now is the time to plan out a specific time for at least three different activities. If this sounds a little overwhelming, don’t worry — get your friend to help you. This could be as simple as practicing the sport in the morning, going for a walk during the afternoon and reading a book in the evening.
Try something new.
Your mind grows when you learn something new. The structure of taking a class can help you grow and also takes the burden off of you. There are classes online, at universities, at stores and the public library. If there is not a class that interests you, maybe you could get some others together and start a class or meeting on a topic that does interest you. Social media and other options with technology make it really easy to start a meeting or gathering right in your area.
Make of list of things you have always wanted to try.
We all have dreams of things we would like to accomplish. Some call them “bucket lists.” Have you ever made one? If not, it’s time. Just list out all of the things you would like to do. The sky’s the limit. No matter how silly or impossible each item seems, write it down.
Visit somewhere new.
You do not have to travel far to visit somewhere new. If your town has a museum you have never visited, now is the time. Go on adventure in the park but be specific about it; walk or bike on the trails. Intentionally avoid your old hangouts, such as bars. Take a friend with you or wait to do this until you feel mature in your recovery. When in doubt, reach out and get accountability to avoid trouble.
Recovery is a step-by-step process and being active in your lifestyle will help you avoid past hang-ups. Be intentional and do not try to plan out your schedule completely on your own. At least get some support and input from a trusted friend.
If you have any questions about what to do with your free time, call our toll free, 24-hour helpline so our counselors can answer your questions and provide you with options for how you can keep busy in a healthy way.