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Is being sober boring? A look at life after addiction and alcoholism

And that too is an exercise in creativity. You need to figure out the cheese and crackers sitting in your favorite chair and reading a book. Because you had a glass of wine next to you?

drinking when bored

Some of these things I used to like to do was fishing and taking road trips. I don’t do it anymore because without beer, it’s like I might as well just stay home and do nothing. Because everything is meaningless without my beloved beer.

Final Note on Feeling Bored in Sobriety

You’re just being part of the problem. You need to be proactive, find a solution for yourself. There’s plenty of things you could be doing. You have to figure out what works for you. Do what you love to do and you won’t be bored.

This can be another way to inspire you, for a healthy and exciting life without alcohol, but also to not focus on everything that’s going on in your life that you’re not partaking in. I mean, literally, stop following the winery that you’ve been drinking because of boredom following forever. And what to do about it, there seems to be a common theme around what women worry about when they’re about to quit drinking. Some of the things they experience in early sobriety that may lead them to go back to drinking.

Being sober is so boring because your life revolves around alcohol.

In active addiction addicts spend the bulk of their time obsessing over their habit, worrying about where they’re going to find their next fix, and using. Once all those are taken away addicts are left with plenty of spare time. As mentioned early spare time is usually bad for recovery but you can re-devote yourself to your hobbies to fill the void. Here are some ideas for alternative activities next time you’re thinking about pouring yourself a glass. Life without drinking is not smaller. I hope you trust the process and release some of your fears about what life will be like without alcohol. Now that you’re sober, you need to make things happen.

How do I stop drinking when I’m bored?

  1. #1 Remove Alcohol and Substances From Your Home.
  2. #2 Keep a List of Supportive Contacts.
  3. #3 Make a Schedule to Structure Your Days.
  4. #4 Connect With a Support Group Regularly.
  5. #5 Stay Physically Active.

What sparks your admiration, your joy, start listening to them, start emulating them, you have time and energy. And you only need to take the first step. If you take the first step towards something that inspires you to something that interests you, it will lead you to another step.

Pandemic Stress, Boredom, Isolation Add Up To Sharp Rise In Drinking

Knowing they will never get that euphoric feeling that they used to chase has left them mentally depressed. They all have little or no income and don’t function well. While I’m happy I never tried heroin, I’m worried that this same effect might apply to some degree with booze. I’m worried I’ll never get to be that happy again. When we’ve quit drinking, alcohol is no longer a choice. It cannot be part of our decision making process any more. When we get bored, drinking is not one of the options we have to relieve that boredom.

  • Now I tried not drinking for couple of days – it was horrible.
  • Trust me you need to do something that will give you some good feelings to replace the fake good feelings being drunk gives you.
  • That being said, drinking FOMO is real and must be dealt with.
  • Many people admit to drinking out of boredom because they feel lonely.
  • If you have a willing friend or family member, take them along.

I thought that wine was the glue, holding my life together, helping me cope with my kids, my stressful job and my busy life. I didn’t realize that my love affair with drinking was making me more anxious and less able to manage my responsibilities.