We all enter the rooms of recovery in one way or another usually in part to us not being able to catch up with life anymore, or vice-versa. The chemical showers of powders and liquors eventually drive us all to a dark place. The powerlessness and unmanageability will take a firm grip on your souls- leaving you with limited options for peace of mind.
Once this is to become the case, it would be admissible to say there is a problem. A problem of life and death. So naturally, when there’s an issue, we look for a solution. Changing your lifestyle patterns and getting sober is a tricky road that can be as easy as we choose it to be. The positive effects that stem from cleaning up range anywhere from
- Financial Stability
- Becoming Trustworthy/Honest/Reliable
- Mental Clarity
- No Withdrawals or DT’s
- Increased Self-Esteem
- General Happiness
The lists of things are endless. It may seem obvious to say there are benefits of giving up drugs/alcohol and getting sober- however, the impact of overcoming substance abuse can be much more profound than you could ever imagine. Giving up that temporary high does make for long-term improvement that seeps into every aspect of your life. Check out a few more of the potential life-changing benefits of achieving and maintaining sobriety.
People struggling with a substance abuse disorder often find their personal relationships become strained over time. In some cases, the relationships might even end completely as those closest to you may put up some distance in hopes you will seek treatment. As sobriety becomes the norm, you may see those relationships restored as friends and family start to trust you once again. Some relationships might take longer to mend than others, but generally, friends and family will be thrilled to see the old you return. The longer that recovery is pursued, the more that close ones will be able to see this getting sober thing isn’t a “here today, gone tomorrow” type of mentality. Consistency is the key for any strong sobriety and to show others that you will not let your addiction control you.
Physical and Mental Health
Substance abuse affects your brain and the rest of your body in many ways; some of which you don’t even realize when you are in the midst of dealing with your disorder. Problems like throat and mouth damage, vitamin deficiency, loss of muscle tone and damage to the liver can be halted and even reversed after getting sober. Without all the chemicals poisoning your mind and body, the world will once again become your oyster. You will soon be able to remember things, have better hand/eye coordination, fewer body aches/pains, form coherent sentences, create less future problems, and most importantly- live longer.
At first, you may have used drugs and alcohol to deal with your problems but found that the substance abuse made those problems worse over time. Eventually, it becomes a full circle of misery where you use to help yourself, but you need help all the time because you use. Poor choices made while under the influence may have further exacerbated the drama in your life, while the substances made it more challenging to handle the issues without an excess of emotion.
In sobriety, you may find your life is filled with much less drama, which also means more energy and peace in your life overall. Getting sober allows us to see things more rationally from a different light. We will become less irritable and more mature in many a way believe it or not. Getting sober and staying sober is a process in recovery that takes work on self. Putting in that work will help one to discover themselves and more clearly recognize when grandiosity and arrogance are stepping in.
When your entire life revolves around drugs or alcohol, free time becomes a thing of the past. Most of your hours are spent getting the substance, using it and then recovering from it. When the substance is gone from your life, time becomes a commodity to use constructively and positively. Some of us will always be late to very important dates, but time management will become more of a reality than it was beforehand. With the obsession gone, time can once again be on our side.
Drugs and alcohol don’t just take their toll on the inside of your body; they can have a negative impact on your appearance as well. While the effects of drugs like meth are more obvious, even alcohol abuse can change your looks by dehydrating your skin and producing blood shot eyes flanked by dark circles. Even the aging process can be accelerated with substance abuse.
Many of these effects reverse naturally once sobriety becomes your way of life. After getting sober, we generally begin to pick up healthier habits which will help us to age better(physically and mentally). Clean clothes, bathing, and hygiene oddly enough become regular habits again…for most.
There is no denying the shame that comes from substance abuse and the patterns that follow for most addicts/alcoholics. We know deep down we are not who we want to be but cannot “just say no”. The loss of friends and family members, the sneaking around to support your substance use, and the lying about your actions have significant consequences make us feel insecure and untrustworthy. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the reality of chemical dependency.
Once again, getting sober actually reverses this nastiness as well. Over time you will regain your confidence as you see how you can take control of your life once again and be the best version of yourself you can be. Substance abuse disorders impact the lives of those struggling, often in ways they don’t even realize until the blindfold of alcoholic thinking is removed.
The Benefits of Living
Addiction in any form is never a pretty thing. Lives are ruined and chaos is unshackled as we begin to fixate on whatever chemicals can be tossed our way. This can go on for some time unless we listen to our inner intuition telling us that everything is not okay. Justifying our alcoholic tendencies will only keep up in the misery for longer. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need substance abuse treatment, please call 1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecovery.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.