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Addiction: Leisure and Recovery

Staying With the Program

​​​​Even with great intentions, staying with a program can be very hard. Here are some tips to help you.

  1. Choose things you find interesting. You’re more likely to stay with new leisure activities that interest you, instead of doing things other people think are a good idea.
  2. Set up small, manageable steps to help you change your behaviour slowly.
  3. Find a partner or friend who is interested in the same (or similar) type of activity. Support from others helps in times when it might be easy to give up on a goal.
  4. Involve family members in your leisure activities and goals.
  5. Keep a journal or keep track of your accomplishments. Write down the activities you do and how long you do them.
  6. Review and reward yourself for a job well done. People don't acknowledge accomplishments as often as they should. Focus on your successes.

Current as of: March 2, 2017

Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services