This may be the most surprising key to sobriety – family dinners.
A study by Columbia University found that the power of communication and role-modeling during family dinner is hard to overstate. The study concluded that teens whose families dine together are four times less likely to smoke, 2.5 times less likely to use marijuana, and half as likely to drink.
Author Julie Kendrick cites “misery and mayhem” as byproducts of missed family meals.
Stanford University has conducted a study that concluded that “frequent family dinners bring significant benefits to mental health and stability.”
Sometimes we make sobriety too difficult. Simply sitting down with our family over dinner each night will provide blessings of serenity, sobriety, and so much more.
Recovery Step: The Bible commands parents to teach God’s principles to their children “while sitting in the house, walking by the way, and rising up in the morning” (Deuteronomy 6:7). Start with regular family dinners.