When it comes to addiction, the best thing you can possibly do is head to a treatment centre. You’ll find many within driving distance from your home and the professional help you can receive while going through it can set you on a pathway for a completely new life.

Whether you’re entering drug rehab or coming to terms with coping without alcohol, gambling or any other form of addiction, what you learn during treatment will hold you in good stead for the rest of your life as a recovering addict.

However, entering the “real world” after rehab isn’t easy. It takes a lot of willpower and a lot of help from those around you. There are little tricks to really aid in that process though, one being throwing yourself into hobbies.

There are plenty of hobbies out there that can really help you stay on track. So, if you’re currently in recovery and need some help in quelling any cravings, here are some top tips…

Active hobbies

It’s very likely that you will have done a number of exercise routines during your recovery programme in rehab, and those can be maintained when you leave a centre. The likes of running, swimming and cycling are great for releasing endorphins and getting the kick you need to stop any cravings.

Equally, walking can also be just as helpful, improving your mood while also getting the exercise you need to stay focused.

Relaxation hobbies

Meditation and yoga is also popular in treatment centres and sessions can really help you take control of your mind and body. Yoga has long been a source of relaxation and there are dozens of stretches that are suitable for both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

Other more relaxing hobbies that can aid recovery can be as simple as writing a journal, allowing you to clear your mind and feel more in control of your life.

Mentally stimulating hobbies

If you’re a person who likes your brain to be working, then stimulating your brain through a number of different hobbies can be hugely useful. Reading is among the most common of these, and joining a book club can be a great way to do both this and enter new social circles, away from your old life.

Studying and writing are also very common among people who have just left rehab, while art therapy is becoming increasingly popular too, all helping stimulate the brain and stay on track.