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Sober and bored? It’s Normal Here’s What To Do About It.

If created an entire social life around drinking, it is natural to be afraid of life without it. It’s pretty normal to reduce the entire experience of boredom in sobriety to missing alcohol and believing that getting drunk is the primary way you have fun. Author of Sober In Seven and wellness and sobriety coach in the UK, here to use my own experience of overcoming alcohol addiction to support you on your journey to a better healthier life. Whatever the reason for your boredom, drinking can create a negative cycle around it. So whether you are an absent-minded drinker or a lonely or anxious one, what can you do to prevent drinking out of boredom?


Boredom and stress are two emotions that can feel as if they are never going to leave. However, as the saying goes, this too shall pass. Valuing and prioritizing yourself in recovery can be a powerful way to remove the hold alcohol has on you. Unstructured time leads to unpredictable behaviors, which are problematic in recovery.

How I Learned to Own My Sobriety Instead of Being Embarrassed By It

How we react to the state of boredom is critical to our ongoing mental health, experts state. In a UK survey it was found that 29% of teenagers had turned to alcohol as a means to relieve boredom. This emotion is also blamed for fueling much of the binge drinking culture that exists in western countries. Mindfulness is definedas the ability to be fully present and aware of yourself and surroundings, while not being reactive or overwhelmed by those things.

Practicing mindfulness, a person gets in touch with their senses to feel, hear, smell, taste and see the world around them. They will also pay more attention to their thoughts and feelings to understand how people, places and things trigger boredom and the desire to use substances. Drugs, unlike the natural reinforcers in life, create a huge release of dopamine in the brain that promotes strong feelings of pleasure, happiness and satisfaction. Over time, the brain becomes accustomed to this artificially high dopamine level, and substance use must continue and escalate as a way to re-experience and maintain this desirable feeling. Although many may not think of it initially, boredom is a powerful trigger insubstance use disorders.

Why Do We Get Bored Easily?

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to overcome boredom in sobriety. The brain naturally releasesneurotransmitters like dopamineas a way to reward a behavior and encourage you to repeat it. A person who eats a good meal, exercises or has sex will experience a release of dopamine and other neurotransmitters to reinforce the positive action. If you start your journey feeling deprived, you’re much more likely to experience boredom. In this post, we’re going to uncover some truths about mindset, alcohol, and how to overcome boredom after quitting drinking. LaLiberte B.V., Grekin E.R. Direct and indirect relationships between Factor 2 psychopathy, behavioral activation, positive alcohol expectancies, and alcohol use.

  • That unwanted feeling in addiction recovery is boredom, but it is fueled by the impact of substance use in the brain.
  • The group may also be able to assist with providing or finding healthy, sober activities.
  • We usually drink at the very first hint of ‘bored’.
  • That being said, drinking FOMO is real and must be dealt with.
  • Naltrexone blocks certain receptors in the part of the brain that trigger dopamine release and reinforces the vicious and compulsive addiction feedback loop.
  • Verywell Mind’s content is for informational and educational purposes only.

Helping business-owners and drinking because of boredoms get control of their drinking. The mindset you use to stop drinking is extremely important. If you are thinking about writing a schedule, one of the best ways to do it is in the evening. Write down all the things you have to do the next day, and write down the time for each activity.

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