People get involved with drugs and alcohol for one of two reasons. Some start using these substances because they’ve been physically or sexually abused or have experienced other traumatic experiences, while others use drugs because they are bored with life and are looking to try something new. In either case, below are some healthy activities which can prevent addiction relapse.
Regular exercise is a superior alternative to drug and alcohol usage as well as many other activities. It brings well-being to your body and mind, making you stronger both mentally and physically. You will look better, feel better, and a live a longer, more fulfilling life. You can constantly challenge yourself, pushing the limits of what you’re capable of while instilling discipline.
Historically video and computer games have been associated with children and nerds, but in recent years this has changed with the growth of this multi-billion dollar industry. Video games teach an array of skills, including hand eye coordination, resource management and problem solving, attributes that can be applied to other, more serious aspects of life. They can be played alone or with friends and is one of the best alternatives to alcohol and drugs so long as it is done in moderation. Some gamers have had successful careers in competitive E-Sports tournaments, winning hundreds of thousands.
Many people today don’t read as much as they should, and not doing so is tragic, as reading can help you learn more about the world around you, coming to new realizations while developing the ability to think critically. Reading will also expand your vocabulary and keep your mind sharp. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, reading is an excellent alternative to using any controlled substance.
Martial arts rivals exercise in terms of the benefits it brings to the mind and body. In fact, engaging in this activity will bring the opposite results of using alcohol or drugs. Whereas addiction to controlled substances will make you weaker, practicing martial arts will make you faster, stronger, more disciplined and will give you the techniques to defend both yourself and loved ones from harm, and those who compete professionally will derive a benefit from winning that is many times greater than any pathetic, temporary high that is gained from using drugs.
Learning a new skill or returning to college to earn a degree is another wonderful alternative to using drugs. Acquiring a degree, particularly in an advanced field such as STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Math) takes extraordinary focus, dedication and persistence. The self-confidence and respect you’ll garner from getting a degree in one of these fields will be infinitely superior to any temporary pleasures drug usage will bring and will allow you to contribute to society will making a very nice salary in the process.