It is one of the most overlooked aspects of recovery. To stay sober, you must stay hungry. And that is not always easy. That’s because the thing that got you into recovery may no longer be a force in your sobriety. The discovery, disease, or disaster may have long since passed. The urgency has faded. But the need to stay sober has not.
So what’s the answer? How do you stay hungry for sobriety?
I suggest two things.
- Never forget from whence you’ve come. I’m not saying you should live in the past. But you might want to briefly visit it from time to time.
- Find new ways to stay sober. Read a new book, attend a new group, try a new therapist, or find a new hobby. Mix things up from time to time.
Recovery Step: The Bible says that the more we taste, the more we want (Psalm 34:8). Use that in a positive way. Savor the gift of sobriety – one day at a time.