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Rewiring your brain to allow it to function fully without being reliant upon abused substances takes time. One of the primary things that must shift as you progress through treatment is that you need to figure out how to fill up your time with activities that do not revolve around drugs or alcohol. Fortunately, there are many fun things for people who are in recovery to do while remaining sober. To help get you started exploring all the possibilities, consider the following suggestions:

  • Take a cooking class 

Learning a new skill or honing a skill that you already have can be an excellent way to spend your time. Eating healthily throughout your treatment and recovery is essential. Why not learn how to make a nourishing, healthy meal from scratch? Bring some friends, or go solo and make some new friends, to a cooking class and learn how to better your culinary abilities. 

  • Take a hike

For you people who love nature, take a hike! Being surrounded by nature and releasing your endorphins is an excellent combination. You may even see some cool and inspiring wildlife on your hike. 

  • Pamper yourself 

Getting any kind of spa treatment can be an awesome way to experience some sober fun. If you are not the kind of person who likes to be touched, maybe getting a massage, facial, or pedicure is not your cup of tea. Many spas offer lovely facilities with saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzies and some even have pools that you could enjoy instead of getting a specific treatment. 

  • Go to a museum

Viewing special artifacts that are housed in a museum can be a humbling experience. Sometimes it is interesting to explore various parts of humanity’s past in a History Museum. Alternatively, you could hit up an Art History Museum, or a Modern Art Museum because there is always something to gain by exposing yourself to other people’s artwork. 

  • Enjoy a low-key movie night 

If you need some downtime, sitting in a movie theater, catching that film that you have been eyeing for a while can be the perfect option. On the other hand, maybe you do not feel like venturing out, in this case, you could stay in and rent a movie. It is sometimes refreshing to be able to escape into the dream world of a movie. 

  • Volunteer

Whether it be at the local animal shelter, food pantry, or in an elderly home volunteering can be an awesome way to give back to your community and a great way to spend your time. 

For Information and Support 

Every family in need of mental health treatment must select a program that will best suit the needs of their family. When one member of a family struggles, it impacts everyone in the family unit. To maximize the benefits of treatment we work closely with the entire family to ensure that everyone is receiving the support they need through these difficult times. Seeking help is never easy, but you are not alone! If you or someone you know needs mental health treatment, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for many mental health difficulties to impact a person’s life, long term. Pursuing support at the beginning of one’s journey can put the individual in the best position to learn how to manage themselves in a healthy way so they can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.


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