50 Things to Do INSTEAD of Drinking/Using

When you stop drinking and using, all of a sudden you may be overwhelmed with a sudden increase in free time. Boredom is often sighted as a reason for relapse, so here is a list of 50 things to do instead of picking up a drink or a drug:

1)      Go for a hike.

2)      Volunteer.

3)      Plant a garden.

4)      Turn on the music in your living room and dance.

5)      Go to a café, grab a coffee and people watch.

6)      Write in a journal.

7)      Paint.

8)      Go for a walk with a friend.

9)      Call someone in your family and catch up.

10)   Take a fitness class.

11)   Do yoga.

12)   Watch a movie.

13)   Go window shopping.

14)   Meditate.

15)   Go to a meeting.

16)   Reorganize your closet.

17)   Go through old photos and make a collage of you from your younger days.

18)   Try out a new recipe.

19)   Go ice skating.

20)   Sign up for a class at your local community college or continuing education center.

21)   Tutor a child.

22)   Grab lunch with a friend you haven’t seen in awhile.

23)   Go to a meeting.

24)   Clean your room/apartment/house.

25)   Go to the beach.

26)   Plan your dream vacation.

27)   Make a list of places you want to visit.

28)   Plant a garden.

29)   Play with a pet. If you don’t have a pet, visit the local animal shelter and spend some time with the animals there.

30)   Make cookies for a neighbor.

31)   Go bowling.

32)   Learn a musical instrument.

33)   Knit.

34)   Take an art class.

35)   Have a board game night with your friends.

36)   Go for a quick walk outside.

37)   Write a thank you card.

38)   Read poetry.

39)   Brew your own coffee.

40)   Shop online.

41)   Take a bubble bath.

42)   Go to the library.

43)   Spend an afternoon at the bookstore.

44)   Get a massage.

45)   Jump on a trampoline.

46)   Take an afternoon nap.

47)   Do step work.

48)   Play cards.

49)   Start a blog.

50)   Say a prayer.

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