Living Sober and Loving Life: The Joys of a Sober Lifestyle – Jennifer Roy

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The idea of being sober can be terrifying. A big reason people feel so drawn away from sobriety is because of what the media and pop culture tend to show. The thought is that if you aren’t using drugs or alcohol, you’re boring and missing out on life. There’s a misconception that if you aren’t using drugs, you aren’t having fun and living your life to the fullest. But that just isn’t true.

Living a sober lifestyle isn’t just interesting; it is also fulfilling. You can live a healthy and happier life now and when you age. You can build better connections with family and friends and enjoy your old age at home. And receive senior home care or doctor’s appointments to a minimum because of your good health.

The idea of sobriety can sound deterring to some, but the negative stigmas aren’t true and can give you so many benefits. Many people who are struggling with addiction are aiming to get clean. Most of this happens after the individual hits rock bottom. Where life becomes so negatively impacted by drugs that they need a sense of sobriety, but there are also others who are leaving drugs and alcohol behind for a healthier and more balanced life.

Some of the many benefits of being sober include:

1) Authentic relationships

When misusing alcohol or drugs, the relationships you build may result from substance abuse. You become more likely to surround yourself with people who also use drugs, which can mean you never know who the person is without substance abuse. The whole relationship will revolve around substances, and you’d lose opportunities to acquire a proper connection with them. Not just that, but constantly being on drugs or alcohol might damage your relationships at home, with your sober friends, and at work. At the same time, forming new connections with people outside your circle of people abusing drugs is tougher.

Sobriety lets you think straight and gives you the opportunity to bring meaningful people into your lives. People who want to see you strive in life and spend moments laughing and smiling with you.

2)   No more hangovers and blackouts

Alcohol and substance abuse is more than the feeling of being high and drunk. You experience a loss of memories from the times drugs are in your system and the awful effects of a hangover.

You don’t have to worry about blackouts and hangovers when you’re in recovery. You get to remember everything and not have that ‘what if I did or said something detrimental’ feeling. You don’t have to put additional pressure on your brain to remember what you did, where you were, or who you were with.

You also do not need to experience the effects of hangovers anymore. Those symptoms include nausea, headaches, vomiting, and brain fog. The results can last for days and cause you to miss out on even more of your life because you’d be too sick to experience the ups of your life.

3)   Can enjoy a healthy lifestyle

Substance abuse doesn’t just affect individuals mentally, but it also negatively alters our physical health. You may end up letting your health deteriorate to accommodate your drinking habits. This may include exercising less to nurse yourself out of hangovers. And spend less time maintaining connections with your relatives, friends, and co-workers.

Exercising produces natural dopamine in your body. When you enter into recovery, you can overcome the symptoms of addiction and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Many overcome this by substituting drugs and alcohol consumption with different forms of physical exercise.

4)   Ability to cope with hardship

Substance is frequently used as a coping mechanism for hardship. Things that happen in life may be too difficult to handle, so people turn to alcohol to numb themselves. It is very effective. But the side effects and effects on your quality of life aren’t worth it. Life is full of ups and downs. Alcohol and drugs may lead you to be unable to enjoy the good as well.

Recovery will help you gain more opportunities to develop healthy coping mechanisms. It might be a slow process, but it’s worth getting out of the rabbit hole of addiction. You can get outside help from friends, family members, or professionals to get more ideas to develop and hone coping skills. The health coping mechanisms you learn will help you overcome hardship and are more sustainable than drinking away the challenges we face.

Conclusion

A life of sobriety has many advantages. You get to experience the good in life that you might otherwise miss out on. You become more in control over your actions and relationships, see more clearly, and not worry about the hassle of dealing with the unnecessary side effects of misusing substances.

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