One of the biggest positives about giving up a life or season of substance abuse is the genuine free time it affords you. Without worrying about another fix, you actually have more time to find out who you are, what you are about, and, most importantly, what you can accomplish. After conquering the mental and physical demands of a recovery center, you are no doubt stronger than you probably ever thought you would be. This is a great time to explore new horizons, and to make the world your oyster! One of the best ways to make use of your sobriety is to take up a new hobby! Hobbies are great ways to both stay active and be productive. If the hobby involves a group (like roller skating, cycling, jogging, etc.), it can also be a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends! There is no limit to the amount of hobbies you can enjoy, and the more passionate you are about what you are doing, the more fun it will be! Another great way to make the most of your sobriety is to take the time to truly focus on your health. It is obvious that quitting a substance means brighter days for your health, but you can speed up that process by becoming more health literate and health conscious, and striving to provide your body with the minerals and nutrients it may have missed out on as you consumed substances that made your diet less of a priority. Along with eating the right foods, you can also become healthier by adopting a strict and rewarding exercise regime that allows you to set goals, track your progress, and blast right through them, before setting more. Exercising at least half an hour a day has also been proven to release dopamine (the same feel-good chemical that most drugs provide) at a much higher rate than most other activities. That leads to the third way to make the most out of your sobriety, which is making a decision to be happier. Most of the time, those suffering from an addiction are so one-dimensionally focused on their next fix that they forget the power of happiness! Although ending an addiction does lead to a significantly increased disposition in most people, it never hurts to give a little extra love with the newfound free time you have. Use that free time to to smile, laugh, and encourage others to do the same. Studies show that laughter really can be an awesome medicine for many things!
Making the most of your sobriety can be a reality if you take just one step: pick up the phone, and ask for help. Dial (877)279-1777 today. We’re waiting on you!