5 Amazing and Surprising benefits of Sobriety
Here are 5 Amazing and Surprising Benefits of Sobriety.
Sobriety is life-changing. Time and time again, we hear that a sober life is the highest life our clients have ever known. If you are currently struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, however, sober living may not seem like greener grass on the other side. It may not look like that light at the end of the tunnel. Rather, it may look uninteresting; it may feel creepy; it may be frightening. How will you live a life deprived of substances by your side? How will you create relationships, have fun, and be happy without your blanket of booze, blunts, and bennies?
There is no doubt that sobriety is a challenging aim, but the incredible benefits that come alongside it are unquestionably worth the determination. The benefits of a sober life far outweigh the challenges, and more meaningfully, far outweigh your old days of drinking and getting high. And we’re not just talking no more hangovers or humiliating drunk texts. We’re talking about the lasting, meaningful, life-changing benefits of sobriety. Here are just a few:
1.Without a reliance on substances, you will be better able to build lasting relationships and get closer to family and friends.
More than likely, some of your relationships with friends and family members were broken by your addiction. Addiction often has that outcome, whether you were cut off from loved ones who tried to help or you yourself pushed loved ones away in the name of drugs.
It is not surprising, then, why restoring and rebuilding damaged relationships continues to be one of the toughest motivators for those in recovery. This may also be the case for you. By getting sober, you will find opportunities to reopen locked doors and restore bridges that have been shattered over recent years. In addition, you may find that those reinstated relationships, without any influence of drugs or alcohol, are better than ever before.
Sobriety tends to improve interactions and links with others. Without drugs or alcohol, you can approach relationships with a clear mind and healthy understanding of others – their feelings, hopes, and even social cues. In time, you will also open the gates to more genuine, meaningful, and long-term connections with the important people in your life.
2. You will truly begin to live your life to its fullest, and remember the precious moments along the way.
Of the many benefits of sobriety, perhaps the most momentous and priceless one is this: you can build a significant life while living sober, a life full of great memories, experiences, and utmost potential. Sobriety allows you to access your life and take advantage of all it has to offer.
Drugs create space between a user and his or her life. If you are reading, you likely know this personally. You may have had things or people in your life to make you happy, but in your using days, darkness constantly overpowered that potential for joy. You could not access the happiness you wanted. You were not contented. You drank or used drugs in efforts to sense something, but most often it just pushed you farther away from those that were closest. Your days of using may have become hazy, as you struggled to remember the better times and blacked out the times that were worse. By dropping these memories, you may have also lost sight of family and friends.
Sober living allows you to recover the positive aspects of your life, to access and experience them wholeheartedly. Without drugs or alcohol, you will begin to understand feelings of appreciation, love, support, joy, connection. You will create moments with loved ones, remember them, and hold them closely. You will mold a life that is worth living— a life that is mentally, psychologically, and physically positive.
3.By quitting drugs and alcohol, you will look/feel healthier and better about yourself.
Perhaps one of the most insightful benefits of sobriety is the physiological difference you will feel without drugs or alcohol in your system. You will sleep more peacefully, allowing the body to fully recharge and heal. You will discover newfound energy and motivation, putting it towards exercise and healthy habits. You will redeem your appetite and desire to prepare balanced meals. Your skin, hair, and eyes will also clear and renew. And with these benefits come an invaluable boost in self-esteem and confidence. You will notice the difference, and others will too.
Fact is, drug abuse takes an important toll on the body. Opiate abuse and addiction, for example, can lead to malnutrition and stimulants can lead to unhealthy weight loss. On the same token, alcoholism can lead to anemia and liver disease. Not to mention, addiction can also lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders, which often impair the mental and physical well-being of a user. But these are just the long-term effects. On the regular, substance abuse can lead to hangovers, excruciating withdrawal symptoms, and a weakened immune system. It can also dehydrate and deprive the body of essential vitamins and antioxidants.
A healthy, sober lifestyle inspires positivity in our minds. With newborn energy and confidence, long-term recovery becomes even more obtainable. Lasting relationships enter arm’s reach. Healthy living habits become routine, providing constant alternatives to drugs and ultimately preventing relapse.
4. You will also save a ton of money.
Drug and alcohol abuse, as you know, is luxurious. Alcohol costs money, prescription pills cost money, drugs, in general, cost money. Especially when you build up a tolerance to drugs (increasing your dosage and continuously needing more of them), all those Peso add up. When battling an addiction, you tend to focus your energy working to obtain your substance of choice. In turn, you put less time and focus into your career and saving for the future.
One of the most remarkable benefits of sobriety is that you regain that desire and ability to put money away. You also regain that desire and ability to work hard and be accountable at your job. The best part is, you feel like the work you do is more meaningful than before; you no longer have to work for the drugs but instead work for yourself and your family. You can work towards a life. You can pay your rent, buy actual groceries, and still have fun money to go see a movie or grab coffee with friends.
5. You will learn to make new friends and build a social life outside of drugs or alcohol.
On top of reestablishing relationships with old friends and family, sobriety will also provide you plenty of opportunities to make new friends. Whether you are in residential addiction treatment or outpatient rehab, whether you participate in 12-step meetings or support groups, even if you are just at the gym or playing in a sober sports league, you will find yourself surrounded by others who choose not to use drugs or drink.
Sober relationships will be a key factor in your recovery journey. They will show you that you do not need to drink to socialize and you do not need to be drunk or high to have fun. Not to mention, it is these sober friends that will also be some of your most responsible ones – the people that show up for plans, parties, and events; the people that will answer you when you call; the people that will support you when you are having a hard day.