Recovery is meant to give you the tools you need to abandon unhealthy habits and damaging addictions. The goal is to adopt a healthy, balanced lifestyle. One invaluable tool for getting and staying sober is to find a passion—an activity, hobby, interest, or field that captures your interest and makes you hungry to learn more and do more. Learn how finding a passion can help you stay sober.
What Is A Passion?
Some people find it hard to define what exactly a “passion” is. It’s not just a hobby or sport that you take up in order to pass the time. A passion is something you want to become an expert at, something that you can spend hours reading about and still want to read more. It can be a sport, musical instrument, activity, hobby, career field, or something else that seems to captivate and impress you in some way. A passion is something that you enjoy doing, of course, but one that motivates you so much that you want to share this love and enjoyment with others.
A Reason to Stay Sober
A passion can give you a reason to stay sober. If your thoughts and time aren’t occupied with your addiction but instead filled with something that interests you and that you truly love, you will be more focused on your passion than satisfying or turning back to your addiction.
A Way to Use Creative Energy
A passion is an excellent way to use your creative energy. This applies whether it is related to art or not. Each person has talents and gifts, and a passion enables you to exercise those talents in a way that is fulfilling to you.
A Place to Meet Supportive Friends
Finding your passion can also be a place to meet supportive friends. When you begin to pursue a sober lifestyle, you have to give up friendships that led you further into your addiction. Finding a passion, however, provides many new opportunities to find friends who share the same interests, and ones that will encourage you in your new passion as well.
How to Find Your Passion
If you’re unsure of how to find your passion or if you’re struggling to do so, make a list of the things you’re interested in. Determine what you’ve always wanted to be an expert on, or something you’ve always wanted to do. Talk to other people in that field or those who have similar interests, and read all you can about any potential activities you find—like travel, a particular sport, a volunteer opportunity, etc.
The most important step is to try out new things that you think you may be interested in. You’ll never know until you get involved. If you find yourself wanting to learn and do more in the field you’ve chosen, then you may have found your passion.
All in all, finding a passion is certain to encourage and motivate you on your road to reaching and maintaining sobriety!
Consider A Sober Living Environment
If you are struggling to stay clean and sober, a sober living environment may be right for you. The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation offers men’s sober living residences in the beautiful coastal region of Charleston, SC.
Contact us today. We would love to talk to you about how we can help.