What do you do when you\u2019re bored? Most people reach for a book or the remote control or rustle through the cupboards to find a snack, but many people turn to drug and alcohol use to bide the time. When life seems dull and monotonous, drug addicts and alcoholics often start thinking about getting high to feel excited about something again. This is a very dangerous cycle, especially for recovering addicts who become tempted to use when life slows down. But by conquering boredom, you can avoid this common relapse trigger. Here\u2019s a list of ideas to get you started: \tFind a new hobby or activity.\u00a0From going jogging every day or playing tennis to taking an art class or learning to speak a foreign language, new activities will keep your body busy and your mind off your old habits. \tMake a list of things you\u2019ve always wanted to do and start doing them.\u00a0If you\u2019ve always wanted to skydive or bungee jump, now\u2019s the time! Activities like these are sure to spice up your life, and they\u2019ll give you something to look forward to.< \tMeet new people. If you\u2019re involved in treatment, make an effort to get to know some of the people in your group. Outside of treatment, try joining an online group that shares similar interests. There are many online groups that organize activities, from hikes and picnics to bowling and miniature golf. \tVolunteer. Helping others is an excellent way to spend some of your extra time, and it often reminds people of how much better off they are now without being dependent on drugs and alcohol. You\u2019ll not only be helping another person\u2014you\u2019ll be helping yourself, too. The main factor in conquering boredom (and thus avoiding a relapse) is to take action\u2014you can\u2019t just wait for something to fall in your lap. With so many options and activities out there, you\u2019re sure to find something you enjoy to keep you busy and content.