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Recovery is an exciting time of rebirth and growth. Addiction and alcoholism ultimately consume our entire life, leaving little time for anything else. Once we enter recovery, we are finally free to pursue whatever life we desire. At first, however, it can be difficult to think of anything to do besides drinking and using. The reality is that most our former lives revolved solely around drinking and/or using. Here we go over just a few things to do besides drinking and using.

Activities for Those in Early Recovery

Take up a new (or old) hobby

Recovery is the perfect time to either pick up a new hobby or resume an old one that we may have neglected in our addiction. Addiction and/or alcoholism typically are a full-time job within itself, leaving us little time for any hobbies. Having a stress-relieving hobby to fill any free time is crucial to sobriety. If you don’t necessarily have a hobby, find something that interests you and look for meetups or group events to attend.


Starting an exercise routine is a great way to spend time in early recovery. Besides the obvious health benefits, exercise can release natural endorphins that help us with cravings and stress. Before we know it, we’ll look as good as we feel!

Eating a good meal with friends

Most of us in our addictions could not have cared less about the food we ate (if we ate at all). A great way to spend time in early sobriety is to go try new types of foods or restaurants with friends.


Our addictions typically chained us to a single location, not allowing us to go on any sort of trips or vacations. Early sobriety is the perfect time to plan trips with our support group and friends to do the things we always neglected during our addictions.

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Another great thing to do instead of drinking/drugging is to volunteer your time. There is no shortage of service work that can be done in recovery fellowships that will help us to stay sober. We can always volunteer for any of our other passions as well, such as at an animal shelter.

Expanding our horizons in our recovery fellowships

There is always room to grow in the recovery fellowships of our choosing. We can fill up our time by trying new meetings, traveling for sober conventions, or volunteering in service work.

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.