The biggest reason we get into trouble is that we don’t get into anything else first. In recovery, it is critical that we replace unhealthy passions with passions that are worthwhile.
In his book, Facing the Shadows, Dr. Patrick Carnes writes, “Practice hobbies, sports, and activities you enjoy. Cultivate these parts of your life so compulsive patterns in working, obsessing, or acting out have to compete with activities and interests that are rewarding. Alternative passions become new arenas for growth.”
One of the best things you can do to secure your sobriety is to identify two or three new hobbies or passions that are worthy of your time and treasure. Interestingly, I have observed that the people who find the greatest sobriety are those who are engaged in hobbies – music, hunting, woodwork, cooking, gardening, painting, fitness, etc. The list of healthy passions is limitless.
If you don’t already have healthy passions and pursuits, ask God to meet this need in your life today.
Recovery Step: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).