Any amount of time spent trapped by an addiction of any kind is time lost. It may not always be easy to see the brighter side of a life free from addiction, but there are so many ways in which your life can be improved by becoming and staying sober. Here are a few benefits of being sober from alcohol that many can agree on.
Waking Up Isn’t A Painful Process Anymore
No more hangovers! Of course, you might not be a morning person, and that’s your prerogative. But waking up with a clear head, ready to face whatever comes your way is simply priceless.
It’s Easier To Deal With Problems
Many alcoholics tend to deal with their problems by drinking. But that doesn’t solve anything. The problem is still there when they come around and will continue to get worse until it finally explodes. One of the benefits of being sober from alcohol is that we can learn to face our troubles head-on, with a little help from our friends and colleagues if need be. While this doesn’t mean every problem will be a piece of cake, it can take a lot of the stress out of many situations.
You Can See Things (And People) More Clearly
Alcohol tends to put a haze on just about everything. It makes some people look better (or worse) than they are. It makes some situations look better (or worse) than they are. When looking at these issues through a sober lens, you can assess the truth of the situation more clearly and take appropriate action or inaction.
Simple Things Are More Fun & Exciting
Sometimes the simple act of going for a walk brings great pleasure. Taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the world around you is an exhilarating experience. You may even find that food tastes better, friendship seems sweeter, and the sunshine is warmer on your face.
You’ll Save Money
Think about all the money you spent on a daily basis, either in bars or at the liquor store. It really adds up, doesn’t it? If you were able to take that money and put it away every single day, you would probably be able to buy yourself something really nice—or even take a vacation!
Fun Is More Fun
When you were drinking, you may have depended on alcohol for your “fun times.” But in actuality, it was probably a push-pull all day and all night to be able to maintain those good-time feelings. What worked for you one day probably didn’t work for you the next, and you were constantly chasing that goal. When you’re sober, you don’t have to perform that dangerous juggling act. When you’re having fun, you can just let the good times roll on without a care. Who knows what your fun time might look like? It might be as simple as an afternoon nap or a coffee with a good friend.
A Happier, Healthier, More Energetic You
Of all the benefits to being sober, your health is probably the biggest. Your skin will brighten, your eyes will sparkle, and your smile may come a little easier. You will sleep better, have a clearer head, and will have (hopefully) averted any serious health issues, such as liver disease. You are probably eating better, too, and more regularly. Some will put on weight, some will lose it, but all will feel the benefits. Simply put, it’s still you—just better.
Sober Living In Charleston, SC
If you are struggling to stay sober and motivated to succeed, a sober living environment may be right for you. The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation provides men’s sober living residences in the beautiful coastal region of Charleston, SC, and would love to talk to you about how we can help.