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How Do I Avoid Being Bored After Treatment?

Triggers can show up out of nowhere.  Post-treatment boredom is one of the top reasons for relapse.  Finding ways to cope, without drugs and alcohol, will help the addict continue on the sober journey.  Boredom also triggers relapse due to racing thoughts. When the individual feels they have nothing to, the mind will wander and possibly create stress.  Stress can be another reason for relapse. Keeping busy seems easier said than done. The person in recovery should consider preparing for downtime. Routines taught in treatment will take less and less time to tackle.  Extra time in the day gives boredom an opportunity to draw the addict back to bad habits.

Make a List

Durning treatment, or shortly after, the addict should think about different activities to distract from cravings.  Writing down what the individual enjoys doing will give options for busy work. Crafts, music, exercise, cooking, etc. will build new hobbies and strengthen healthy habits.  Before treatment, the addict was distracted by getting high. Skills and talents lost attention due to the drive for more drugs or alcohol. To avoid relapse, building new skills and finding hobbies will give the addict something to be proud of, again.  Self-esteem can change the level of strength the person has and fight through recovery. Reviewing the list any time a craving sneaks up will help the addict avoid relapse.

Change Up the Activities

Once new skills and talents begin to develop, the person in recovery can stretch the comfort zone.  Reaching out to sober friends and finding new hobbies opens the possibilities of different skills. Group activities will also create new relationships and connections.  Finding activities which were not enjoyable is not a waste of time. Taking the positives from negative experiences helps the individual grow as a person. Knowing what is not entertaining is just as valuable as finding pleasurable activities.  

Use Healthy Habits

During the days of drug and alcohol abuse, the addict lost pride, self-care, and relationships.  Convincing themselves to take action on the important factors will strengthen sobriety. Healthy activities can add to the list.  Self-care of personal hygiene takes more time than imagined. Take extra time for prayer and meditation. Personal affirmations can never be too bountiful.  Stretch the work-out a little longer on down days. Add in an extra 12 step meeting. Any activity which enhances sobriety will be beneficial to the person in recovery.  Focus on abstinence will motivate the individual to move forward and continue success in recovery.

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