Teen Addiction: Hobbies to Pick Up During Treatment

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Teen Addiction: Hobbies that Help You During Drug Treatment

Addiction recovery is more than detoxing and breaking old habits. Recovery is a process of changing your lifestyle, thoughts, and ways of thinking. This means adopting new habits and hobbies. Here, the teen addiction experts at Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge discuss how adopting new hobbies can help with recovery, along with some hobbies you should give a try during your rehab program.

The Importance of Hobbies

Addicts always have to deal with the threat of relapse. After years of drinking and partying, many addicts feel bored and restless in sobriety. Simply put, they do not remember how to enjoy themselves without substances. Luckily, trying out new hobbies can help you beat boredom and decrease your chances of relapsing into destructive behavior. Once you find something new to enjoy, sobriety becomes a little easier.Here are just a few hobbies to help you stay sober during your teen addiction program:

Exercise

Exercise is one of the best alternatives to drugs and alcohol. When you abuse drugs and alcohol, your brain stops producing “pleasure chemicals,” such as serotonin and dopamine. This can leave you feeling depressed and disinterested in normal, everyday activities. Luckily, when you exercise, your brain increases production of these “pleasure chemicals,” leaving you feeling healthy and happy. The happier you feel, the less likely you are to relapse.The key to making exercise a hobby is finding something you enjoy. It can be something as simple as going for walks, jogs, or hiking, or you can try something new like yoga or a sport. For the best results, work exercise into your daily routine without making it a chore.

Journaling

During your teen addiction program, you are sure to experience a wide range of emotions. Some days you may feel positive and motivated and other days you may feel angry and depressed. To cope with your emotions, try journaling. Though it may be difficult at first, the simple act of sitting down each day and writing helps you get through any dark time you may experience.

Reading

When was the last time you sat down and enjoyed a good book? Even if it has been awhile, now is the time to try out the hobby again. Reading is a pleasurable activity that helps you take your mind off of any negative emotions you may experience during recovery. To get your friends involved, start a book club at your teen addiction program.

Volunteering

Nothing beats the feeling of giving back to the community, which makes volunteering a great hobby for recovering addicts. Getting involved with a community organization or church and helping those in need not only helps beat boredom, but it can create a sense of self-worth. The better you feel about yourself, the less likely you are to experience a period of relapse.

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