During active addiction, addicts are focused on nothing but getting more drugs and staying high. The hours fly by, and there is very little boredom or downtime as a result. Remove drug use and drinking from the equation, and the newly sober person faces an ocean of unfilled time. It can feel overwhelming, and if the patient doesn’t find positive ways to fill their hours, the resulting discomfort can be the death knell of their recovery.
How can you stay busy while at a sober living program? It’s far easier and more productive than attempting to do so in any other form of post-rehab recovery. You can:
It is gratifying to improve the place you live, and you can stay busy by making your sober living home a better place to be. Consider:
Remember, communication is key, so discuss your potential changes – especially the large ones – with your counselor and other residents of the house before diving in.
Your own problems can feel overwhelming when you are in recovery. In fact, personal issues often drive use of addictive substances. A far healthier form of “medication” for these ills, however, is “getting out of one’s own head” by volunteering to help others who are in greater need. Find out about the volunteer opportunities available near you – boxing up food at a food pantry, providing childcare at the local church during the service, working at a non-profit tutoring center – and offer your services to the organization that speaks to your heart.
What will help you to move closer to the career that you feel you are called to do? Do you need to go back to school? To do that, do you need to finish up your GED, or take the SAT or ACT? Or do you just need to update your resume and start looking up job opportunities? In many cases, it may mean a combination of these things. Creating a step-by-step plan that you can follow every day will allow you to break up your path into small actions that you can tackle one at a time.
When you improve how you feel about yourself, all of your prospects improve as well, including your ability to engage effectively with your recovery and your progress in sober living. Depending upon where you feel most called to focus, it can mean working on your mental acuity, your emotional balance, your spirituality, or your physical self. In most cases, however, attention to all of these is important. You can:
Don’t wait to start down your own path in sober living. Contact to us today to learn more about your sober living choices.