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Addiction: Leisure and Recovery

High Risk Situations

​​​Some leisure activities might put you at risk for relapse. Team sports might involve bets. After playing a ball game, the team might go out for a beer. Family gatherings and events (e.g., anniversaries, weddings, Christmas) might involve alcohol, drugs, or gambling. You might be tempted to return to your old ways of celebrating. You can stay away from some of these situations, but not all. Plan how you’ll handle these types of situations ahead of time.

List your activities that might involve other people using alcohol, drugs, or gambling and develop an action plan for dealing with this.

Action Plan Example


Ball Tournament​

Action plan:

  • Bring my own pop or drinks.
  • Tell teammates I don't feel like drinking this weekend.
  • Tell teammates I don't drink anymore.
  • Tell teammates I'm driving.​

Current as of: March 2, 2017

Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services