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There are great benefits to developing a routine that you stick with day in and day out but sometimes that becomes boring after awhile. People need a challenge, one that encourages them to grow. When you escape addiction, it is important to get the balance right between building a routine and trying new things to spice life up a bit. Finding that balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

Routine vs. New Things

Human beings in general prefer to have routine as it gives purpose to the day. It provides stability and a sense of making good use of your time. If you are too obsessed with a regimented schedule, it can be detrimental to your life. Some of the benefits of trying a new routine can include:

  • Developing good sleep habits of sleeping and waking at the same time
  • Less boredom if you are able to have stable things to count on in your day
  • More productive with a routine and less wasted time
  • Increasing physical fitness can help if you have a routine or regimen you do regularly

Developing a good routine in recovery will be very helpful to keep you on the right path. Some of the best ways to do this include:

  • Daily meditation
  • Reading inspirational material at breakfast
  • Regular exercise
  • Attendance at regular sober living meetings with people you know
  • Spending time in nature
  • Making time for family and friends
  • Writing in a journal

Reasons to Try New Things

Some of the reasons to try new things in recovery are varied. Some people like to spice it up more than others and some like to lay low and try new things here and there. Whatever your focus, the goal is to incorporate new things enough that you don’t get bored and you have fun. Some of the following are reasons to try new things:

  • Finding hobbies that make you happy
  • Trying creative endeavors like woodworking, art or music
  • Prevents boredom
  • Forces you to grow and develop
  • Increases self esteem and confidence
  • Doing something new is highly motivating and you may become excited about life’s possibilities

Try getting out to volunteer with a favorite cause once in awhile to break things up. Serve in the community and try to integrate principles of sober living into gratitude for the new life you have now. You definitely do not want to become cynical in recovery which can lead to relapse, so try getting out once in awhile to meet with friends, find a new hobby you will enjoy or expose yourself to totally new groups of people who can help you find new things of interest. Variety is, after all, the spice of sober living.


Learning to balance between spicing things up in sobriety and staying focused on recovery is key. We help you find the balance you need to be successful in recovery. If you are ready to take a new journey of discovery in recovery, we will support you all the way with our programs, resources, and experienced professionals ready to set you up for success. Call us to find out how we can help you: 561-277-3088

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