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Addiction: Leisure and Recovery


​​​​Do you wonder what to 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 you spend most of your time using alcohol or drugs, 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. You can have fun without alcohol, drugs, or gambling, but you might need to make some changes.

In the past, much of your leisure time probably involved alcohol, drugs, or gambling. In recovery, your challenge is to find things you like to do, and learn to do them without using or gambling. Over time, it's important to have a good leisure routine, that connects you with others and allows you to have fun in healthy ways.

Current as of: November 29, 2019

Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services