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Addiction: Leisure and Recovery

Overview

​​​Do you find yourself wondering what you'll do with your free time now that you're not drinking, using drugs, or gambling?

Are you bored and worried you'll never really enjoy yourself again?

Did most of the things you used to do involve alcohol, drug use, or gambling?

Now that you're in recovery, these are some of the questions you might be asking yourself. These questions are all about the role of leisure in your life now that you've quit drinking, using drugs, or gambling. You can have fun without alcohol, drugs, or gambling, but you might need to make some changes.

Much of your leisure time in the past probably involved alcohol, drugs, or gambling. The challenge is to find things you like to do, and learn to do them without using or gambling. Over time, you'll need to develop positive leisure routines, connect with people, and have fun in healthy ways.

Current as of: March 2, 2017

Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services

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