Returning to Old Hobbies After Treatment
Those in treatment and recovery come to realize just how time-consuming substance misuse has been in their past. Being free from the grips of addiction has opened up so much bandwidth both mentally and physically to enjoy new and old hobbies alike. There is a challenge for many, especially in early recovery, where they don’t know how to reconnect with their passions from before substance misuse became central to their lives. Getting over this hump can become an excellent recovery milestone and help reignite passion and excitement for everyday sober life.
Taking the First Step
One of the more daunting issues someone in recovery may face is dusting off their old hobby equipment, feeling like they’ve been away from it for too long to jump back in. Getting back on the saddle after having previously been very proficient at an activity can be discouraging but also a meaningful way to overcome doubt and build self-worth. No one wants to be a novice once they’ve been the master, but engaging in old favorite hobbies in small doses to get reestablished is the perfect way to get back on the horse without feeling overwhelmed.
Once someone has immersed themselves in a formerly beloved hobby and realizes they have outgrown it, what then? There’s no need for anyone to force themselves to engage in an activity they aren’t deriving joy from simply because they had previously invested time and energy into it. Evaluating the importance of a past hobby and its effect on recovery progress is also vital because previous activities can uncover negative triggers. If someone had previously enjoyed an activity while under the influence or with people who are harmful to their progress, it’s okay to step away from the hobby to maintain clarity and sobriety.
Starting a New Era
If old hobbies aren’t cutting it, it’s possible to reinvent the activity by adding new elements or choosing a different path that uses previously honed skills. If someone artistic used to enjoy pottery making but finds it boring now, they may look into woodwork or other mediums of creation. This can be an incredible opportunity to learn new skills and help rework the pathways in the brain that have been negatively affected by addictions.
Connecting with Others
People in treatment and recovery can spend a lot of time rebuilding their social networks with others they have met in places like Suboxone® support groups, volunteering, or other functions within the recovery community. Joining hobby groups with like-minded people who share similar goals towards a successfully sober future can inspire new hobbies while reenergizing passion for old hobbies when they can teach others their skills.
Safe and effective treatment for substance use disorder is possible at Middlesex Recovery. Our experienced staff and medical providers are prepared to help each enrolled patient reach their recovery potential using evidence-based outpatient treatment with the help of FDA-approved medication-assisted treatment as well as substance use counseling and more. To get started, give us a call today and check out our quick guide.