How To Make The Most Of Your Free Time In Rehab

Posted on: 14 May 2015

Congratulations on taking the first step to recovery. Overcoming addiction to alcohol is no easy feat to accomplish but one that is well worth it. While in rehab, you may be wondering what to do with your free time when you are not in meetings or therapy. Here are a few suggestions for positive new hobbies to complement your new outlook on life.


Your body is healing just by being sober. Why not become even healthier by starting a work-out program? You don't need to work out for hours every day to see and feel physical improvements. It takes about three months to truly develop new muscle. This timeline syncs up perfectly with a 90 day rehab program. You can chart your weekly progress for endurance and reps so that you can see how much stronger you became not only emotionally but also physically. Pick forms of exercise that you know that you will enjoy and you are much more likely to stick with your fitness program long term.

Learning to craft and make art

Knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, drawing, painting, and photography, are all relaxing activities that engage the artistic part of your brain. Repetitive crafts like knitting and crocheting have a soothing, meditative quality to them that often produces a calming effect. Learning to make scarfs, hats, and gloves is not only fun but also your are left with a wearable piece of art at the end.

Drawing, painting, and photography can help express the parts of you that can not be put into words but that you want to explore. These types of art can be very therapeutic and may help you acknowledge and process feelings that may be emerging because of your sobriety.


Rehab can be a good time to reconnect with books and literature, or to discover a love of reading for the first time. Pick a book that speaks to you and curl up in a cozy, quiet place for an hour or two.


Writing is a great way to work through issues and also for you to be creative. Writing your thoughts and feelings down in a journal can help you process everything that is going on in rehab. Just the process of writing in a journal may inspire you to write poems and short stories as well.

Meditation or yoga

Meditation relaxes your body and your brain. You can meditate in the classic way of keeping your body still and trying quiet your mind with a mantra. Or yoga can be thought of as a form of moving meditation.

For more information about rehab and what you might expect, contact a company like Pacific Ridge.