Addicts faced with the prospect of getting and staying sober often feel like their lives will become boring after letting go of their addictions, and while boredom itself is not a destructive or damaging emotion, feeling bored can act as a gateway to destructive behaviors, especially among recovering addicts vulnerable to relapse. Fortunately, there are certain strategies and methods which one can use to combat boredom in addiction recovery, which can help him/her lead a more productive life and avoid a relapse or a return to substance abuse following a period of abstinence.
DANGERS OF BOREDOM AND ADDICTION
Boredom is a common feeling or mindset, but for some people, boredom is inextricably tied to addiction, and when they are not using the substance they have been addicted to, they automatically feel bored. Boredom is a feeling we all experience at one time or another, but it is a dangerous feeling to have in recovery.
There are three main factors that can cause or contribute to boredom:
The following are five ways to deal with boredom in addiction recovery:
Try a new hobby or activity. Learning a new skill or perfecting an old one is not only a great way to alleviate boredom; it also improves focus and can have an overall positive impact on mental health.