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Sobriety Presents New Opportunities
After living a life of drug or alcohol use and being controlled by substances, it is refreshing to consider living a life of sobriety. On the other hand, it might be challenging to plan what to do with your time, how to interact with others, and how to have fun. Everyone going through recovery has had doubts about their sober life and if it will be something they are able to continue with. Yes, recovery and sobriety are difficult and you will at times want to give up. But the benefits that are gained by committing to a sober life far outweigh the challenges, and if you stick with it, you will be thankful you took that first step and asked for help. Below are some opportunities you will experience when you live a sober life.
More energy, better health. Breaking free from the influence of drugs or alcohol will do wonders for your physical health. When you are addicted to a substance, your body becomes tired and overworked, filled with toxins and negativity, and this takes a huge toll on your overall health and energy level. Detoxing and living a sober life will result in less illness, you will look better, and you will feel better overall. This means you can start accomplishing those things you have wanted to do. The opportunities are endless when you have the energy and motivation to get started. Think about your goals and what you have been putting off, and make use of the extra energy and health you will experience.
Better self-esteem. When you look better, feel better, and can do so much more than when you were controlled by a substance, you will have a better view of yourself and outlook on life. When you live a sober life, you don’t have to worry about what other people think, whether you are living up to their expectations or failing, and how foolish you might look while under the influence. You don’t have to think about these things because they are not part of your life anymore: you control your own actions and make your own decisions. This means that you can start accomplishing things, building relationships, and loving yourself again because you are more confident in who you are.
Encouraging friends. You probably won’t appreciate your need for positive friends until you are sober and need daily encouragement and support. Friends of addicts who enable them to use, encourage them to use, and even supply the drugs or alcohol are of little help when the person is sober. But it’s OK to move on and connect with a better group of people that will help you in your sobriety. Now instead of spending time with someone who is selfishly using you to get high themselves or make excuses to keep them out of trouble, you can surround yourself with dependable individuals who truly care about you and your health. As you make friends in sobriety, you will find these people to be the most faithful, most compassionate, most giving individuals in your life, and this will help in your long term sobriety.
Financial stability. Drugs are expensive. Most drug addicts either spend away all their money or resort to stealing or borrowing money or selling drugs themselves to support their habit. A huge benefit to sobriety is the cost savings you will experience. This means you can save your money for things you really care about instead of throwing it all way. Consider the opportunities you will find if you have more money, whether it is a new car, a trip, a house, or just financial stability; you will be much better off when you are sober.
More freedom. Addiction is a weighty condition. If you have been tied down to an addiction, think of how liberating it would be to go where you want, do what you want, and spend time with people you want, without worrying about where you are going to get your next fix or if others will judge you for your actions. A sober life is a life of freedom because you are living for yourself, not for a drug or a drink. What is more, you will be able to live a more honest life, which is like freedom for the mind.
Career. Newly sober individuals are often amazed at the opportunities for work they possess when they are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The sober you will be a more reliable employee, and this means you will have the opportunity to secure a solid career. Think about what you are passionate about, and start developing a plan to achieve your career goals. Many individuals who have overcome addiction realize that they possess an ability to work with others in need of treatment. If this is something you think you would be good at, talk to the staff at your rehab center about how to get started in this career path.
Whatever your goals are for your life, they will be so much more attainable when you are sober. Don’t let the enormity of the treatment process intimidate you, because once you achieve sobriety, there will be so many more opportunities you can make use of to make your life happy, healthy, and productive.