Life in recovery is often boring, stressful, uncomfortable, and totally different from a normal life. It’s easy to believe that sobriety is unattainable, and you may feel unmotivated, discouraged, and frustrated. But the truth is that your journey toward recovery can be exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding. By keeping a positive attitude and an open mind, you can turn a plain, dull recovery into something that is both beneficial and enjoyable. There are a number of healthy ways you can make your life in recovery more fulfilling without putting the things you’ve gained at risk.

  • Find healthier alternatives for getting a thrill

    To fulfill the sense of excitement that alcohol and drugs once provided, look for an activity or outdoor pastime that provides a natural, sober thrill. For example, try watersports like kayaking, surfing, or wakeboarding.

  • Start a hobby

    Your stay in recovery is the perfect time to try and focus on the things you’ve longed to do. It could be painting, cooking, creative writing, playing musical instruments, or sports.

  • Spend more time with family and friends

    Don’t isolate yourself from your loved ones. Instead, engage in fun activities with the people who truly love and care about you. This strengthens familiar bonds that can keep you motivated during your treatment.

  • Live a healthy lifestyle

    Start exercising regularly and eat healthy meals. If your treatment center is near the ocean or mountains, take full advantage of your environment to improve your physical well-being.

  • Stay honest

    Admit when there are triggers that might jeopardize your treatment and ask for professional help as early as possible.

  • Take a trip

    Plan a vacation, even just for a short while. You never know what you’ll discover when you see new places and meet new people. It’s a good way to stay away from stress and to refresh and renew your mind.

  • Laugh more often

    Recovery is serious business, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take joy in life. Look for a good source of happiness – simple or not. Laugh your heart out and spread good humor. Remember, laughter is contagious.

  • Give and receive love

    Love is an important element of an effective recovery. Giving love means you have learned how to love yourself first. It’s a good sign that you’re coming back to your normal, healthy state.

  • Try volunteering

    Helping and serving those in need will make you appreciate life. It gives a sense of fulfillment and reward when you know you are able to lend a hand to others.

  • Don’t sit on the sidelines, do it

    You can never achieve anything by merely watching others enjoy good times in recovery. Make a move and experience firsthand the things you want to do and accomplish.