Sobriety is a new territory for most people in recovery. If you’re in treatment, you’ll probably have your days and hours planned out. Once you’re sober, you have a lot of time on your hands. Learning about yourself, your addiction, and staying sober will be the bulk of your time at first. After a while, though, you’re going to want to start focusing on not just surviving, but thriving. In recovery, you’re encouraged to face your dreams and find your passions.
When you were drinking or drugging, you probably spent the bulk of your time getting or using your drug of choice. You may have stopped doing things that you were once passionate about. Recovery will help you begin to heal and focus on pursuing a life that heals your body, mind, and spirit. You’ll also find things that you love to do when you are given the time to explore.
Finding New Passions
What is passion? For most people who feel passionate about life, it’s enthusiasm and excitement for their favorite things. What kinds of hobbies are you excited about? Do you have a passion for movies, surfing, or making art? What types of pastimes have you always been interested in? Think about the types of things you look forward to doing.
Here are some hobbies you may want to consider exploring:
- Athletic passions, such as running, bicycling, weight-lifting, or skateboarding. If you’re more into sports, consider joining pick-up soccer games.
- Artistic work. Do you like to paint, draw, sculpt or design? Make some time to pursue these passions and decide what you enjoy the most.
- There are plenty of urban gardens that you can garden with if you’re in the city, or you can use containers. Many people in California also love to share their ideas on urban farming, composting, and agriculture.
- Take yourself on a date to the library or the bookstore. You’ll find there are thousands of authors and topics to explore.
- Did you ever take piano or guitar lessons? If you can’t afford to take lessons, the internet is your friend. There are hundreds of video lessons to look through.
- Do you love obscure or campy films? Or do you prefer to concentrate on classic horror? There are many sources of films online, some free and some paid. You can even set up a movie night with your recovery friends.
Getting Help for Addiction
If you or somebody you love has a problem with addiction, there’s a way out. At True Life Recovery, we help you get sober to give yourself another chance. Detox is the first step. Our staff is expertly trained and compassionate, offering the best of care to our clients.
We’re located in a quiet, serene community close to the beach in beautiful Orange County, California. To learn more about our service, please give us a call at 1-800-970-8774.