Many individuals use alcohol and drugs because they are bored. Perhaps they are new to an area, have not made friends or are in a dead end job and use drugs and alcohol to break the monotony and boredom. All which are excuses to keep using. Of course, realizing that you are using drugs and alcohol due to boredom, and admitting that you need help is a positive step in the right direction.
There are many different facets to how boredom affects or interlaces with substance use. and further how addiction recovery and boredom are linked. According to many psychologists, one of the first points is to understand where boredom comes from and how it manages to infiltrate and take over an individualâ€™s life. Psychologists believe that boredom is usually the result of a change in the personâ€™s life, perhaps from a change in goals or ambition. The individual may be on a particular career path and for whatever reason, the individual cannot overcome obstacles and the path is forced to change. In most cases the new goal does not have the depth of meaning for the individual and they become passive in their own life.
Once boredom sets in, the individual will look for ways to escape the boredom and in many cases the answer is to use alcohol and drugs. In a study conducted by Ohio State University, many drug users gravitate toward drugs that make life funnier and interesting. Marijuana stimulates the individual and makes time seem to move in slow motion which allows the individual to focus deeper. Hallucinogens give color to sound and vice versa. These experiences extinguish any amount of boredom.
Emotional power is another way that alcohol and drug users escape boredom and they are not particularly concerned with the type of emotion, whether it is anger, happiness or sadness, as long as the emotion is strong and dramatic. Drug users can turn any twist of fate or luck of the draw into a conspiracy theory and that everyone is out to get them.
Drug and alcohol users will begin projects or tasks, because it is exciting to start something, but then not finish it because working through the tasks to complete the project is the boring part. They may create a crisis, where there was none to begin with so that they escape their boredom.
Psychologists believe that the best way to prevent boredom is to have a goal and spend a certain amount of time each day working toward the goal. People without goals, drift aimlessly through life, without ever really accomplishing anything. In order for the goal to be effective, it has to be a personal goal â€“ in other words a goal that the individual thought of and has meaning to them. If the goal was created by someone else and imposed on the individual it will not have significant meaning to them and they will cast the goal aside at some point and return to boredom.
The goal has to be progressively complicated to prevent boredom from setting in. If the goal consists of the same repeated tasks, it is likely that the goal will never be attained. If, however, the goal is a kaleidoscope of complicated parts, the individual is less likely to become bored. St. Jude Retreats offers a six week program that helps guests set goals and plan for a future using an educational cognitive behavioral program. Our guests learn to use self assessment and self change to make productive choices and to develop positive habits and behaviors. Our guests discover that have can have a life that is not boring and does not include substance use.