Once you have completed your rehabilitation program, whether in-patient or out-patient, you may be wondering what sorts of activities you can pursue to fill your free time. Once you have removed substance abuse from your life, it can create gaps in your life where you may have previously spent time using. However, this should be seen as a constructive change in your life. Whether you are a fan of the outdoors, enjoying listening to music, or creating things with your hands, there are many replacement pursuits you can chase. This article will discuss a few ways in which you can replace your negative habits.

The first hobby which makes a great substitution for drinking or using is cooking. Spending time researching recipes and different cuisines can be an excellent pastime that can let you spend time with others, or valuable time with yourself. Cooking therapy (also known as kitchen therapy or culinary therapy) is a respected way of giving clients something to do with both their hands and their minds. It allows for a creative application of ideas that engages them on both a personal and imaginative level. The goal of culinary therapy is not to create award winning dishes, but to show previous-users ways they can invest in themselves.

Journaling can also be a great means of channeling creative energy. Whether fiction writing or diary entries, letting off steam by creating a narrative that is personal to you can be extremely healing.

If you have a love for music, going to concerts is an alternative to partying. The experience of being surrounded by bright lights and your favorite musicians can help replace the feelings of being in parties that could have fueled your addiction. Whether you choose small events or music festivals, choosing to go sober to these events will not only improve your experience, but help you realize that having fun without drugs is entirely possible.


Exercise is one of the best known interests of recovering users. It allows previous addicts to channel their preoccupations on getting fit and personal development. It can create a predictable schedule and attainable goals, which is also a desirable aspect when resuming life post-rehab. Exercise also releases many “feel good” chemicals in the brain, which is beneficial for creating a positive habit. There is evidence that exercise can help return brain dopamine to post-addiction levels, and this return of neurotransmitters can provide a mental clarity not felt in a while. It can further help you make responsible choices that are beneficial for both your health and your wellbeing. Strength training, yoga, running, dance, and hiking/walking are all fantastic options to get active.

Overall, choosing sober activities gives you a new zest for life. If you are looking to begin your journey of recovery you are not alone. Asana Recovery enables you with the skills and tools to navigate away from drug use, via cognitive behavioral therapy, support groups, and one on one sessions.