STL Addiction Intern
Yesterday in group we discussed how we can substitute substance use with a positive activity during free time in our lives. When you get rid of one activity (substance use) you need to replace it with something else.
It's helpful to think of positive activities that you used to like to do and maybe haven't done since you started filling more of your time with drugs/alcohol. You might remember how much you loved painting when you were younger or that you like to play basketball with friends. Your new positive activities can be any kind of hobby (sewing, reading, playing an instrument, etc.), exercise (walking, yoga, rowing), or reconnecting with old or new safe friends. You may reconnect with an old activity/friend, or you may take this opportunity to reinvent yourself during your new, sober life and try some new activities or join a new group.
Instead of being sad or angry about being deprived of your old behavior (substance use), rejoice in the fact that you now have more free time to do activities that will give you a more positive and healthy lifestyle. If you continue the positive behavior, your thoughts and feelings will follow in that positive way and you will feel more content about your new activities and lifestyle.