How many hours do you need to work on recovery?
That’s a question I don’t hear much. I hear these questions a lot:
- What must I do to stay sober?
- Does sobriety get easier with time?
- What is the difference between sobriety and recovery?
Let’s tackle that first question, though. How many hours of weekly recovery work does it take so stay sober?
I researched this and found several answers from “experts” on recovery:
- 2 hours a week
- 8 hours a week
- 40 hours a week
If you just have to have an answer, I’d suggest a minimum of three hours a week for most of us in recovery:
- 1 hour for a meeting
- 1 hour for Step work
- 1 hour for prayer/reading
But here’s the real answer – do as much as is necessary for where you are in your journey. Then do a little bit more.
Recovery Step: “Redeem the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15).