Sobriety can seem like a challenging goal for many who are struggling with addiction. While sobriety can be a long and difficult journey, becoming and staying sober offers tremendous benefits that are worth the effort. Sobriety leads to a more balanced life filled with enjoyment, inner freedom, happiness, and healthy self-control. Here are some major benefits that a sober lifestyle has to offer:
No More Hangovers
One of the greatest benefits of sobriety is no more hangovers. There is nothing worse than waking up with a huge migraine, dizziness, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and the feeling of nausea. Hangovers prevent a person from being productive and sharp at work and put them in a negative mindset. Without hangovers, an individual is more likely to call out less from work and save those sick days for an actual illness.
Cutting out toxins from alcohol does wonders for your skin and your general health. When an individual quits drinking, their skin starts looking healthier and develops a natural glow. One might get numerous compliments on how much more radiant and happier they seem. Being sober will also give you better sleep, more mental clarity and increased energy levels. Looking healthier might not be the main reason why you choose to sober up in the first place, but it is a great bonus and motivator to staying sober.
Going out and drinking does not just take a toll on one’s health, but on their wallet as well. The cost of drinks, cab rides and midnight fast food runs multiplied by the number of days a week a person goes out can greatly add up and thin out one’s pocket. People who struggle with addiction do not realize how much they spend on substances. When one becomes sober, they begin to have more financial stability and have more cash to spend on whatever they choose. Financial stability is important for reducing stress and living a healthier life.
Making New Friends
Some may fear that becoming sober means that people will not want to be around or hang out with them anymore. Those who struggle with addiction tend to equate socializing with drinking or using drugs. After giving up alcohol or drugs, it may be hard to socialize at first because that crutch is no longer there. In reality, sobriety gives you an opportunity to make true, lasting friends who will enjoy spending time with you sober and not just when you are partying.
Being in Control
One of the worst things for a lot of people with addiction is the feeling of shame and regret that comes the morning after a night of partying. Addiction causes a person to engage in risky behaviors and leads to destructive behavior patterns. Once a person begins a sober lifestyle, they will start to regain control over their life and will have reduced anxiety and increased self-confidence. They will no longer have blackouts and have to try to piece together the previous night’s events.
About Residence XII
Residence XII offers alcohol treatment and drug rehab for women that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a family program aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).