Don’t underestimate the value of hobbies in the recovery process. A complex process, recovery involves far more than abstaining from the use of substances. It also involves recovering the parts of self-lost to addiction and learning how to live life differently. However, as important as hobbies are to successful recovery, they can be used as a replacement for the substance, resulting not in a true recovery, but merely an exchange of one addiction for another.
Help Achieve Short-Term Recovery Goals
Hobbies can be an invaluable part of achieving short-term recovery goals. In the early days of sobriety, keeping the mind and body busy is important. Hobbies can make it easier to ride a wave of crave without giving into it. When the mind tries to wander into thoughts or memories of using, a good hobby can help divert thoughts away from such dangerous activities. Every time a person in recovery achieves the short-term goal of not using for one day, that person moves closer to long-term recovery success.
Finding A Way Forward
Hobbies can be an important part of reconnecting with who a person was before addiction took over. It is part of the process of healing and becoming whole again. Picking up old interests and reigniting old talents can boost self-esteem and remind those in recovery that they are more than just their problems. Hobbies can serve as parts of various strategies for dealing with stress and negative emotions. Time spent on hobbies can be a reward for taking the often difficult steps forward into a new, sober life.