I’ve never been addicted to alcohol or drugs, so I can’t speak from that level of personal experience.
However, I’ve had enough addicts in my life to know that once an addict is in recovery, he has a lot of newfound “free” time on his hands – time that used to be spent drinking or using drugs, and time which must now be spent…
How does an addict fill the void that drugs and alcohol used to fill?
That’s exactly the question The Fix answers in How Ten People Found New Passion in Sobriety.
From taking existing skills and turning them into a new career to becoming a mentor for others who want to get their lives together, this slideshow/article highlights 10 individuals, including animal rights activist Jane Valez-Mitchell, who found new passions or were finally able to act on existing passions once they sobered up.
It’s pretty inspiring read, and one that I’m willing to bet can motivate even folks who aren’t battling addiction.
How about YOU, readers? Have any of you battled alcoholism or drug addiction, and had to fill the void left behind when you stopped drinking or using? What did you do?
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