Before I got sober, I was terrified of sobriety. How was I going to fill my free time without drinking? I was certain I was going to be bored to tears. I also thought that I didn’t need it, because I hadn’t lost my job or picked up any DUI’s. To me, sobriety was for those who hit bottom. How wrong I was! Today, I love my sober life and here are some reasons why:
My Addiction Is No Longer Taking Over My Life
I was pleased to learn that sobriety simplified my life by making it more manageable, enjoyable, and productive. My recovery has also lead me to meet so many wonderful people who I am proud to call my friends. I have a huge support system between all of my sober friends and the community at large. Getting sober led me to writing and in doing so, I have had the pleasure of hearing from folks in the community who have been helped by reading about my success as a sober person.
I Don’t Miss Out On Anything
When I was drinking, I wasn’t fully present in my own life. Some of the things I have forgotten much of due to being in alcoholic fog include:
- Trips I’ve taken
- Family gatherings
- Sporting Events
- Dinners with friends
Now, that fog has lifted, and I can cherish and remember every single moment.
I No Longer Feel Sick Or Hungover
All I was really doing when I was drinking was chasing that high that alcohol brings and then struggling with all of the health problems it caused me. I suffered from nausea, migraine headaches, dizziness, and way too many colds. I was so rundown that I couldn’t really enjoy life.
I Can Remember Everything
I’ve had so many blackouts from drinking, and the fear and anxiety of waking up and not remembering a single thing from the night before was a horrible way to exist. One morning I woke up in my car in the middle of a snow-covered field. I had no idea how I had gotten there or even where I actually was. It was terrifying. Now I don’t have to worry about those types of things happening anymore. Instead, every morning I open my eyes is a gift.
Travelling Is So Much More Exciting
I’ve gone to a lot of different places, exciting places, places full of history and culture, and I can’t tell you much about a single one of those trips. I was too busy planning my itinerary around where all the nightclubs and bars were and too inebriated to appreciate my surroundings. Now, when I travel, I can take everything in and make wonderful memories to carry home with me.
I Am Healthy Now
I was sick all the time when I drank, either from being hungover or from being so rundown that I caught every virus that came down the pike. Since becoming sober, I have been able to:
- Eat healthy
- Begin an exercise program
- See my doctor regularly
- Have higher energy levels
- Babysit my adorable niece
- Volunteer at a local food bank
- Pick up a few new hobbies
I drank because I wanted to fill the emptiness inside of me; what I didn’t realize was that my drinking was causing that emptiness. My sobriety has actually given me my life back, and a full, rich life without drinking is exciting. Every morning I wake up grateful for all that I have become. I have a life to look forward to now, and it’s never boring. The Oceanfront Recovery Addiction Treatment Program can help you or your loved one through the process of recovery from addiction. Our clinicians focus on bringing the underlying causes of addiction to the surface with a modern and effective recovery program in a closed setting. Contact Oceanfront Recovery today for a confidential assessment, and begin the journey of recovery today.