Life in an addiction recovery center is a regimented routine; living according to this structured schedule takes the guesswork out of this recovery process. There will be regularly scheduled one-on-one patient-therapist sessions. Group sessions, medical tests, seminars and educational sessions on how to work through the rehabilitation process.
Even though an outpatient treatment facility like this designs and monitors to work towards your healthy life, it is also necessary to not develop a dependence on the rehab system. Pursuing some hobby and learning to spend some unattended time alone is a great way to gain back control over your thoughts.
Obviously, there will be limits to what you will be able to do but here are some things to make the best of your time in a rehab center:
Fighting addiction requires the participation of all your contributing organs. Your body, mind and spirit all need to heal to leave the addictive behavior. One way to start on that is getting in the habit of doing some exercise. Drug use and abuse results in low appetite and so, the probability of a drug addict being physically weak is very high.
Exercise not only makes your body fit and increases appetite, it also helps release endorphins to the brain that provide us natural happiness. You don’t have to start full-fledged workouts, just start with a simple stroll and your work your way from there.
After the physical fitness, comes the mental and spiritual one. Drug use is a disease that you cannot expect to fight solely from the body. You have to be mentally and spiritually strong to overcome your addiction and avoid relapses.
A very inexpensive way that can help you make the most of your time in addiction recovery is yoga. Yoga improves your emotional intelligence and helps improve memory and decision making ability.
As much of a cliche as it may sound, reading can be therapeutic. A good book can keep you focused and calm. If you manage to pick up a great book, you’ll be hooked and your mind won’t drift back to drugs. This is quite an inexpensive way to shut down your cravings. Whether you read science fiction books or the classics or even textbooks. It is a way to educate yourself and be relaxed at the same time.
It’s true that drug abuse and addiction takes away from you all your healthy activities. While writing might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it might prove to be helpful to some people. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at writing or not, start writing your journey, how you feel about recovery or maybe write about your day.
Not only will this improve your writing skills, it will also help you track your journey. On a low day, you can pull out your journal and read how good it feels to finally leave the habits that take a toll on your health. Your journal can be your secret source of motivation for you and others, who knows!
Art is a therapeutic tool. Art helps a lot in expressing oneself. Art provides a safe outlet for all painful feelings. It decreases any denial of addiction you may be experiencing. It gives you an alternative way to describe and express your feelings. Drawing, painting and sculpting helps in keeping yourself busy and relaxed as well.
When you adopt hobbies in your recovery time it increases your chances for a successful long-term recovery. You need to redirect your focus in life and make your day productive and healthy with positive activities and interactions. Take what we have said here into your consideration and find one that will help you through your sobriety.