When You Want a Drink: 10 Things To Do Besides Drinking

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Fun Things To Do Besides Drinking

When people stop drinking, they may feel bored and don’t know what to do with all the time they now have. You might be surprised at how much time you actually spent drinking, partying, or binging with friends. Being in recovery, you need to find things to do besides drinking.

10 Things To Do Besides Drinking

It’s Friday afternoon, and in just a few hours many of our friends are getting together for a party weekend. You have stopped drinking, are in recovery, and are not sure what to do with yourself for a whole weekend. Is boredom a threat to your recovery? It doesn’t have to be. There are dozens of things to do besides drinking. You’ll discover the activities in the following list not only relieve boredom, but they are also fun and rewarding.

  1. Join a gym, and follow a regular workout plan. Exercise also helps your body get back to a healthy condition.
  2. Take an online course in photography, web design, music, art, or any one of hundreds of available classes.
  3. Take an in-person class at your local YMCA or YWCA. You can find classes ranging from swimming and weight lifting to dancing and yoga.
  4. From spring through fall, gardening is a great activity. Grow delicious vegetables to enjoy with your meals, or grow a flower garden to beautify your home inside and out.
  5. Do volunteer work. Nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, and service organizations all need volunteer help. If you have an elderly neighbor, you can offer to help with yardwork, minor repairs, or shopping.
  6. Take up an outdoor sport. Extreme sports can include rock climbing, white water rafting, and parasailing. Milder sports include kayaking, golfing, paddle boarding, tennis, and hiking.
  7. Join a community sports team. Softball and basketball teams are almost always found in cities, and some also offer football. Call your Parks and Recreation Dept. for complete information on all available programs in your area.
  8. Learn a language. You can purchase tapes, attend an adult education class at the local high school, or join an online language class.
  9. Have a weekend movie festival. Invite friends to bring a favorite movie and snacks. You provide the non-alcoholic beverages such as ice-tea, sodas, flavored sparkling water, and juice. Make sure everyone knows it is an alcohol-free gathering.
  10. Spend weekends exploring your city and state. Learn its history by visiting libraries and museums. Be sure to investigate some of the many restaurants and their offerings.

How To Stop Alcohol Cravings

There are a number of triggers that can set off alcohol cravings including socializing with friends and family who drink, parties where drinking occurs, bars, restaurants that serve alcohol, negative feelings, and stressful events in your life. Avoid all these situations whenever possible. Do you wonder how to stop alcohol cravings? Some people have been successful by using a set of “encouragement cards” containing positive statements such as the following:

  • Cravings pass quickly. Occupy your mind by singing a favorite song to yourself.
  • You can get past this. Smile and feel the stress start to leave you.
  • This is just a momentary craving. Take a big breath and think about your favorite dessert.
  • Smiling drives cravings away. Think of something funny and laugh out loud. It really works.

Write out a dozen or more cards full of positive and witty thoughts. You might even write out a few jokes you think are really funny. Reading them to yourself or others can take the edge of any craving. You can keep a craving journal, and write down when and where a craving takes place. Include the location, time of day, people you saw, and anything else that might be a trigger for your craving. This can help you determine people, places, and social settings you should avoid.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

An alcohol addiction treatment facility provides the best and safest way to detox from alcohol and get on the path to sobriety. Medication, rehab, and therapy helps put people on the road to recovery. If emotional problems have fed the drinking issue, psychiatric counseling will help you to learn why and resolve the problem.

Many lives have been saved and families restored due to excellent care received at an addiction treatment center. Better Addiction Care (BAC) is a free referral service staffed with compassionate and caring addiction counselors who will talk to you and help you choose the treatment facility that best meets your needs. Call BAC at 1.800.429.7690. It’s time to get your life, or that of a loved one, back on track.

Sources:

https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/Tools/Interactive-worksheets-and-more/Stay-in-control/Coping-With-Urges-To-Drink.aspx

https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/02/02/anti-inflammatory-drug-may-cut-alcohol-cravings/115922.html

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/890120

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/alcohol-use-disorder-treatments#1