A woman takes up a fitness hobby with a foam roller in sobriety

Addiction and alcoholism ultimately consume our entire life, leaving little time for anything else. Once we enter a life in recovery, we are finally free to either resume our favorite old pastimes or learn new ones. Spending some of our time on hobbies is not only a benefit of sobriety- it actually in many ways is fundamental.

The reality is we get sober to enjoy life! Furthermore, too much free time and boredom is seldom a good thing for us.

Here we go over just a snapshot of the countless hobbies we can chose to do in sobriety.


Addiction often times handcuffs us to a certain location, never allowing us to stray too far A woman takes on a new hobby with the word hobbies written in front of heraway. Once we recover from our addiction, we are finally free once again to go and travel wherever we want.


Another excellent hobby in sobriety is going to concerts once again. While many of us may have done this in our addictions, we are usually amazed at how much more enjoyable a concert is when we are actually able to remember it!

Musical instruments

Whether picking up an old instrument we have been neglecting or learning a new one entirely, music is an incredible pastime for those in sobriety. Playing musical instruments can provide us with an emotional release and help fill up some of our free time.


As we enter early sobriety, we usually start feeling better physically than we have in many years quite quickly. An excellent way to capitalize on feeling physically better while killing free time in early sobriety is to start an exercising routine.


Many of us in recovery have no shortage of creativity! A perfect avenue for this creativity is arts and crafts. This includes everything from painting, sketching, sculpting, etc. The extra free time that sobriety brings also can be filled with classes to learn any new arts and crafts.


One of the keys to achieving and maintaining long-term sobriety is service work. Volunteering not only counts as service work, but it also can be a pleasure for us to do. We can volunteer for anything that we are passionate about, whether it be recovery, animal shelters, etc.

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Early sobriety is a great time to join a sports league, such as a softball league, hockey league, etc. Sober sports leagues are actually very common in many areas as well, and would be a great way to kill free time in early sobriety. There also is no shortage of fantasy sports leagues we can join as well!

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.