Finding Healthy Hobbies and Activities

This message of #WeeklyWisdom is brought to you by Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County, a proud partner of the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth. This week’s message focuses on the benefit of sober activities and hobbies for people in recovery.

Many people find it difficult to fill their time after becoming sober. People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol often spend a significant amount of their time obtaining or using their substance of choice. Once they are no longer using drugs or alcohol, it can be challenging to find healthy ways to fill their time. Boredom might set in and they may be at risk of returning their substance abuse behaviors. Participating in healthy and fun activities can help to prevent relapse by replacing time spent using drugs or alcohol. These activities can allow people in recovery to avoid trouble and use by staying busy and engaging in things that make them happy.

It can be difficult for some to identify hobbies and activities that they enjoy. A helpful first step is to assess your strengths and preferences. What are you good at? What do you like? Identifying some of your strengths as well as what you enjoy doing can help you find the best hobbies or activities for you. For example, if you like to laugh, you might consider participating in a local improv group or going to a stand-up comedy show. If you enjoy giving back to your community, volunteering at a local soup kitchen or shelter might be a good activity for you. There is no one right choice- any healthy activity that makes you happy and replaces time formerly spent on drug seeking/using behaviors is beneficial. You can make new friends, enjoy yourself, and spend your time in a healthier, more productive way.

If you are seeking a sober activity in the near future and enjoy movies and trivia, join us for our virtual Movie Trivia Night on Thursday, July 30th at 6pm. Contact us at for more information or to register for the event.

Take care and be well!

Moira McJury
Prevention Coordinator
Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County