There is no set reason that explains why people abuse drugs and alcohol. Every person who struggles with addiction has their own story. It’s not a black and white formula. Aside from the physical and chemical urges, there are usually emotional and psychological factors that trigger cravings. This can be challenging for someone in recovery to resist. It helps to do sober enjoyable activities to fill us up, preventing and controlling those urges. There’s an endless list of options for fun and therapeutic things to do instead of turning to drugs or alcohol.


    • Go on a hike. Hiking is a great form of low impact exercise while enjoying the healing magic of nature.
    • Read a book. Books require our attention. When we train ourselves to focus on something else, resisting cravings gets easier. Books also allow us to use our imaginations. There are so many options available: self development books, novels, non-fiction, etc.
    • Exercise or go for a run. This is how we can get the endorphins flowing. It’s also great stress relief. Stress is a common trigger for many. Exercise is beneficial physically as well.
    • Write. This can be extremely therapeutic. Especially, for those who don’t feel comfortable talking about their addiction. This is a great way to explore and learn more about one’s self.
    • Dance. Whether you take a dance class or dance around your house when no one is looking, it feels good! It’s fun!
    • Cook. Food warms the soul. It’s a good way to feel accomplished, following a recipe and enjoying the result. It’s something that can be shared with others as well.
    • Play a game. Board games, card games, video games, there are so many! There are games to play individually and with a group.
    • Volunteer. This is a good way to focus on something other than ourselves and our urges. It also gives us perspective.
    • Watch a movie. Sometimes laughing at a comedy or watching a relatable story can be healing.
    • Find a spiritual practice. This could be attending a church, reading a spiritual book, meditating, or doing spiritual writing. There are many ways to find spirituality on your own.
    • Draw a picture. Forms of creativity can be healing as a way of self expression, as well as improving a skill.
    • Listen to music. Music is moving. It makes us feel good, we can relate to it, and it can uplift us.

This is a list of several suggestions, but there are so many other things one can do. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, please contact Crownview Medical Group to get in touch with a medical professional who can provide an individualized plan.