Alternative Activities

If you're addicted to drugs or fear that you could eventually develop a drug habit, then it will be important to find activities that don’t involve the use of drugs. By participating in fun, clean adventures, you may discover that you don’t like or even need to use drugs. Depending on the nature of your addiction, you may need to enroll in drug education programs. However, the list of activities detailed below offers great ways to have fun without the use of drugs:

Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal is a good way to collect your thoughts and focus on a positive future. You may discover that writing down your feelings is a good way to express yourself and release unwanted anger, anxiety, or depression.

Learn Something New

You can take this option as far as you want or need to. For example, you can learn something big, like a new language. Your local library should have books that could help you learn Spanish, French, German — or any language you find interesting. There may be local or online classes available to help you along. Or, you can start smaller by learning how to bake a new recipe. The important thing is that you have fun and stay focused on an activity that doesn't involve the use of drugs.

Join a Team of Club

Surround yourself with other people your age who are goal oriented and focused. These people want to have fun and enjoy life. Consider joining a local baseball or soccer team. If sports doesn't interest you, then perhaps join a choir or chess club. Depending on your community, there should be a variety of different clubs to choose from, including a card club or book club. If the club of your choice doesn't yet exist, then create one.

Start a Project

This project can be as big or small as you want it to be. You can pick out a new color for your room and paint the walls or you can start knitting or sewing. Perhaps it's time to tackle the garage. Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter or nursing home — your project can be to help others.

Do Something for You

It's important to learn how to have fun without using drugs. In the beginning, you may just need to commit to something before you feel fulfilled by it, but the more you invest yourself, the more happiness and contentment you will get.

Remember, there's no shame in getting outside help for your addiction. If you require professional assistance, then consider enrolling in drug education programs. Make wise decisions and stay safe!