“Nagrugby ka ‘no?!” This is often a joke we tell our friends when they say or do something ridiculous. This is because we associate Rugby, a brand of contact cement, to those we see addictively sniffing it in our streets.
We call these “Rugby Boys” because those who sniff Rugby are usually street children. While joking about sniffing rugby is part of Filipino culture, inhalant or rugby sniffing by our youth is no joke.
You know drugs can lead to so many problems: bad performance in school or at work, health complications, family problems, legal problems, and not to mention addiction, which in itself opens a can of worms for the addicted person and his or her family. In other words, drugs is bad news.
There are many, many activities available that are safer and more productive. Below are just 20 fun things you can do that are more awesome than getting drunk or high
These days, teens’ and young adults’ idea of fun would typically be about letting loose, drinking, partying, or even doing drugs. After all, even for grown ups, a lot of social activities involve intoxication. Though not as common as alcohol, many people from teens to young professionals, also resort to doing drugs as a form of recreation or to even augment the fun that they are experiencing.
However, these ideas of fun, happy-hour weekends, and intoxicated weekend getaways do not come with a warning. Once entrenched in this lifestyle, it will not take too long before you become hooked. Soon, you will find yourself bringing booze at work, drinking every night, popping pills, smoking crack to get out of bed, or snorting cocaine many times during the day. Addiction can come and leave you blindsided; and once you’re in, it’s going to be hard to get out.
So before you even get started on that weekend binge drinking lifestyle or accept that invitation to try “this cool drug, it won’t get you addicted” why not try other alternatives? There are many, many activities available that are safer and more productive. Below are just 20 fun things you can do that are more awesome than getting drunk or high:
- Play sports. Find a sport that you life and get into a local sports program or even an amateur league. Whether these are team or individual sports–or even board games like chess–there will surely be something that you like. So get started.
- Start reading. Visit your local library or go to a bookstore. Find a book on a topic you’re interested in, whether it’s a biography of your favorite celebrity, a novel adapted by a movie you liked, or even a graphic novel.
- Get crafty and artsy. Visit a hobby shop or check out arts and crafts project on the internet and start a project. Once you’re done, get another one, and another one. Who knows, you may be so good at this you can start exhibiting or selling your work.
- Go to a gym. These days there are plenty of workouts and other activities at the gym that you may be interested in.
- Take classes. You can start doing yoga, belly dancing, Zumba, pole dancing, or many other activities that you’ll enjoy while still keeping fit.
- Take an online course. Spending a lot of time in front of the computer, why not do something more productive by taking affordable online courses? Or watch online tutorials for graphic design, makeups, animation, music, and so many more.
- Take an offline course. There are plenty of schools and training centers that offer vocational courses such as reflexology, baking, automotive, cosmetology, and many more. This is a great addition to your skill set.
- Have a picnic. Gather up a few friends and have a picnic or cookout in a park or picnic grove. You can even go to a wakepark and spend the day trying out some watersports.
- Visit a zoo, aquarium, amusement park or museum. There are plenty of these locations in the metro that are great for kids and adults alike.
- Volunteer. Join an organization and take part in non-profit and charitable activities. These not a great way to spend your free time, you will also feel good about helping others and learning from them.
- Get voice or music lessons. Learn a new instrument or start playing music. Even better–start a band and play with your local choir or in local venues.
- Learn a new language. French, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, or German. There are plenty of languages to learn and you can do this online or offline.
- Travel. Once you’ve learned the languages, why not travel to those places and try out what you’ve learned. If that’s not within your budget, then just travel out of town or go sightseeing right around your city.
- Listen to podcasts. Instead of burning your ears listening to rumors, why not listen to podcasts instead? You can learn so many things just by listening to a different set of podcasts regularly.
- Go to historical landmarks. Brush up on your history lessons by going on a guided or independent tour of historical landmarks around the country. You don’t even have to move out of town or travel a long way. You can start right in your own city.
- Have potlucks or dinners with friends. Instead of going out for expensive dinners or partying in clubs, why not have friends over and try out different recipes? You can even host a themed potluck and enjoy each other’s dishes.
- Join a book/film club. Hone your critical eye by joining a club and review a book or film with other people. Widen your interests in film and literature by trying our their recommendations or make recommendations yourself.
- Have movie nights or series marathong. Whether with your significant other or with your friends, spend weekend nights watching a particular film genre, director, or actor. Even dig up those Dawson’s Creek, Baywatch or Melrose Place episodes and go back in time.
- Start gardening. Whether you’re into flowers, herbs, vegetables or fruits, why not start your own garden in your background? This is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy the excitement of harvesting the literal fruits of your labor.
- Get into DIY projects. Whether you’ve been wanting to have your roof fixed or your bedroom redecorated, why not try to do it yourself? It’s a great way to spend some idle time and you can also save a lot compared to having someone do the job for you.
We may have always thought that drinking alcohol or even doing drugs can help us relax after a hard day’s work. Some even party and take ecstasy or have that occasional/recreational hit or marijuana or cocaine. We may think that we deserve it, or that it’s just normal reaction to bad news, tiring days, busy weeks, or getting together with friends.
We don’t think about the negative effects these substances have on our bodies–or that there are in fact BETTER alternatives to these activities. The things above are just 20 of hundreds more activities that you can do to reward yourself, de-stress, cope with problems, or have fun with friends.
If you have been drinking or using drugs and are finding it hard to stop, try replacing your substance-related activities with the suggestions above. However, if you think or feel that you may have a substance use problem, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Many people believe that addiction is a disease, as much as any other disease. But when we see a parent in a hospital room tending for a child who is sick, holding his hand, making sure he is comfortable, feeding him to help restore his health…you’ll think it’s much easier to take care of a child when he is sick like that. But with addiction? Taking care of a child with addiction requires something so much different.
Because treating addiction often requires tough love.
Methamphetamine or crystal meth, known in our country as shabu, is the most widely used drug, with about seven million people (10% of the population), using it.
These figures are alarming, because it can mean that one in ten people are addicted to shabu.
Having your loved one go to rehab can bring in a lot of changes. However, this does not mean that things will change for the better overnight. Recovery is a process and the habits and behavior that he has learned in rehab need to be continuously and consistently practiced if you want your loved one to remain sober, and to keep his life going on the right track.
Here are the dos and don’ts of recovery that you need to understand and practice as soon as your loved one leaves rehab.
When your child reaches puberty, things become a little more difficult. Parenting your teen can be challenging enough. But when your troubled teen becomes depressed, violent,reckless, or introduced to alcohol or other substances and may even tend to abuse it–then you know you have trouble in your hands.
It has always been good practice to prioritize yourself during your recovery. In fact, many would say that recovery is selfish. After all, the first thing you put above your recovery is the second thing you lose, just after your sobriety.
Oh, the years of our youth. Being so young, wild, and carefree. But unlike what we used to think then, youth ends. And reality comes biting back.
So if you had a wild, hella great time smoking weed, passing on those joints, dropping acid, popping those pills, and snorting…
Now think again.