Before getting clean and sober, there was no way someone could convince you that living a sober lifestyle would be amazing. Just the thought of winding through the days without your life partner at your side—the alcohol or drug of choice—was unthinkable. How could you even handle the daily grind, the stress, the frustrations of life? How could you manage to tolerate the irritating people at work or in the grocery store? Your booze or drugs were your besties, always there to cushion life’s bumps and bruises, right?
No matter that your bestie was slowly killing you, right? What kind of a friend or lover does that? But while in the addiction, the lies in your head convinced you that, without the substance of abuse, your life just wasn’t complete. Eventually, the cover was blown. Maybe it was a DUI. Maybe it was a near overdose. Maybe your real wife left you. Whatever the ultimate wakeup call was, you eventually dragged your sorry self into detox and rehab.
The saying goes that hindsight is 20/20. From the perspective of sobriety we can clearly see how distorted our thoughts were while saddled with addiction. We can see with crisp clarity how physically sick and depleted we were, not to mention psychologically so. In the sharp focus gifted to us in recovery, we can see that sorry existence for what it was, and it was pathetic.
Living sober means enjoying a bevvy of benefits of a sober lifestyle each and every day. It means waking up each morning without having to recall what idiotic things we did the night before, or cringe before the mirror at our bloated face. It means facing each day with a renewed sense of wellbeing, purpose, and meaning that absolutely transcends anything you could have imagine while still tethered to that bottle, or pills, or syringe.
Here are just a few of the many benefits of a sober lifestyle:
When deep in the muck of addiction a person loses himself. All those goals and dreams one had for life vanish, one by one, as the addiction takes its toll. One of the most important life-changing benefits of a sober lifestyle is rediscovering purpose and setting new goals. With renewed hope for a bright future, sobriety sets the stage for achieving those goals and living a fulfilling life.
It is no secret that addiction is devastating to one’s health. Most alcoholics and addicts enter rehab in a sorry state of health, many with nutritional deficiencies or sick livers. Living a life in sobriety means caring for your physical wellbeing again. Making better dietary choices and getting regular exercise nets positive changes in energy level, mood, overall fitness, and appearance.
Once you have culled the addicts and dysfunctional people from your life, you have a clean slate upon which to redefine who you want to have in your sphere. By being selective and patient, you will fill your social needs with people who are equally committed to sobriety, and family and friends who respect your goals and support your sobriety.
Funny how, back in the drugged stupor of addiction, sobriety looked so boring and unappealing. Now that you have made it there, you will continually be amazed at just how much more fun life can be without all the drama and self-disgust that accompanies addiction. In sobriety, you see beauty in activities you now can fully experience and enjoy.
Addiction is all about me, me, me. There is simply no room there for considering anyone else’s needs, period. Now that the haze has lifted and your have rebuilt your mind, body, and spirit, the desire to bring joy to others becomes impossible to ignore. Whether volunteering through the A.A. program, the local food pantry, bringing supplies to the local homeless community, or exercising dogs at the shelter, giving back is one of the wonderful benefits of a sober lifestyle.
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