Prior to entering alcohol or drug rehab or detox, the lives of many patients likely revolved around substance use. During the early stages of addiction recovery, many are left with a sense of emptiness and even boredom. Adjusting to a sober life can be difficult without any healthy, fun activities to fill the days.
Here are a few ways recreational therapy activities can help you achieve long-term success:
- Developing healthy habits. Many people with substance abuse problems need help with developing routines and habits that nourish the body, mind, and soul. Participating in regular classes such as yoga, or simply going for nature walks introduces positive, enjoyable ways to spend time sober.
- Getting involved. Sitting at home watching T.V. for hours is not a productive (or healthy) way to spend the day. Recreational activities can help get you out of the house and into the community.
- Developing healthy friendships. Participating in recreational activities is a great way to meet new people and foster a circle of friends who are likely going through similar challenges and adjustments as you are. Without the companionship of positive friendships, many are tempted to turn back to their old circle of friends and revert back to past harmful behaviors.