When you first start your journey in recovery, you live much of your life "in the moment." Emotions and working on your triggers can keep you pretty busy. After all, you may feel like there are a lot of things you need to do and not do to stay sober. You probably gave up a lot of old using friends and avoided places that remind you of things you did while in the grip of addiction. But you might overlook something that can change your life in recovery, finding a passion to look forward to.
Learning to Enjoy Yourself
Not all of your journey recovery is hard work or dredging through deep emotions. There will also be time for you to do something that you enjoy.
What if you have no idea what you enjoy, you might wonder. You thought you enjoyed getting drunk or high, but that ended up being your downfall. So you might worry that you can’t find a healthy pastime or hobby to enjoy.
The good news is that if you live in California, there is a lot of space to explore outdoor and indoor activities. There are gyms (indoor and outdoor), scooters, bicycle paths, surfing, skateboarding, movie theaters, and so much more. Jumping into something new can be scary! If you’re not ready to explore new outdoor hobbies, there are also plenty of solitary things you can do. (But please, do not use this as an excuse to isolate. Knitting, yoga, meditation, and reading a book are also great pastimes that can help you spend your day in relaxation.
There are also free online classes and movies to explore if your budget is too tight.
The idea is to challenge yourself to find things you like! You deserve to be happy and have fun as a sober person! Eventually, you’ll find things that you enjoy enough to call a passion – and you may even have more than one passion that you’re exploring.
Finding a passion can give you a sense of purpose in life.
Learn About Sober Living
A sober living home is a great place for you to spread your wings after you’ve finished a treatment program. You’ll be among kindred spirits who can help you explore the world or just lend an ear when you need it. Learn more about life in a sober home by calling 760-216-2077.