True rehabilitation transforms the individual and helps them to replace old destructive habits with more positive and healthy activities. Alcoholism is a dangerous disease that can ruin a life and greatly diminish the quality of the lives of those around the person recovering.
There is much compassion for this disease, which is why it is crucial to recovery, that the person recovering be given ways to steer themselves away from alcohol and engage in rewarding activities.
Usually, alcohol abuse is driven by the massive amount of stress that comes with daily living. If we can find ways to help reduce the stress and the temptation to numb ourselves, everyone can lead better and healthier lives.
Here are some activities to try instead of drinking:
Taking a 15 minute walk can offer the same positive effects such as meditation. Walking works two-fold in relieving stress and decreasing temptation, by engaging the muscles in the body with activity and also engaging the mind with the surroundings of the area, nature, and the community.
Visual entertainment is one of the most stimulating ways to steer one away from drinking and into a magical world where stories are told through movies. A matinee or evening twilight time is perfect times to take in your favorite flick.
Coffee shops are everywhere these days; from huge popular chains like Starbucks to your local privately-owned cafes. Having a cup of delicious coffee with a fun and supportive friend who knows what you are going through, is one of the best outings one can have at any time of the day.
Window shopping is a lost art. Simply going to the mall or your nearest shopping center or flea market, is a wonderful activity that allows you to enjoy meeting people, and also making a wish list of all the pretty items you see. If you feel up to it, take a friend along for company and someone to chat with.
You don’t need to be an “artist” to create art. There is an artist in each of us that simply needs to be allowed to come out. Creating can be a natural high in itself. Scrapbooking your favorite pictures, poems, or quotes; or creating a colorful collage out of magazine clippings that will enable you to express your feelings in a more fun, non-destructive, and creative way.