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Clever Ways to Have Fun During Addiction Recovery

 

According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, nearly 40 percent of adults responding to a survey the group conducted report having a family member or close friend in recovery. Anyone familiar with the treatment of an addiction to drugs and alcohol, even by knowing someone going through it right now, understands that recovery can be a long, involved process. An important part of that process, however, is taking time to have fun by viewing treatment as a learning and growth experience rather than a temporary hardship.

Get to Know Others in Recovery

Make an effort to get to know people. They’re going through the same thing as you; and some of your fellow recovering addicts are sure to have personality traits that fit in with yours. Even if that’s not the case, there’s nothing wrong with sharing a laugh, playing a game, or just talking about life in general.

Explore New Hobbies

Think about things you had an interest in before you turned to drugs and alcohol. Whether it’s something more hands-on like woodworking and fixing up old cars or something on the creative side such as painting or sculpting, taking a few classes and connecting with other people sharing your interests will give you something else to focus on while you recover.

Find Legal Highs

Replace the adrenaline rush that may have, in part, fueled your addiction with natural “highs” with activities like riding roller coasters at local theme parks, bungee jumping, or skiing. If you’re in an in-patient program, take a look at what adventurous opportunities may be in the area.

Learn New Skills

Shift your focus to something you can get excited about learning. Consider taking either an online class or a course offered by a nearby community college. Some skills you can acquire while recovering, such as navigating you way around a computer, may even lead to a new career once you complete your program.

Make Lists

Give yourself something to look forward to by jotting down some things you can when you’re not dealing with the requirements of your program. Your listed items can be as simple as catching up on a favorite TV show or watching a movie with a few friends.

There is a time for seriously working on the issues that led to your problem with drugs and alcohol. However, it’s just as a therapeutic to allow yourself to have some fun while you learn to overcome your addiction. Not actively looking for ways to have fun can also lead to boredom, which may lead to a relapse. You may even develop or rediscover interests that could lay the foundation for an active, productive life and form new friendships likely to last beyond your initial treatment.

Sources:

http://www.drugfree.org/newsroom/survey-ten-percent-of-american-adults-report-being-in-recovery-from-substance-abuse-or-addiction/
http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/10/12/5-ways-to-have-more-fun-in-recovery/

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