With the holidays upon us, most of us start thinking about all the things we want to get and give as gifts with our family and friends. It can be such a joyful and wonderful time of year for many. However, the holidays can also be a time of suffering and grief for anyone who is battling with a substance abuse problem as they deal with heightened anxiety, depression, and isolation.
Unfortunately, addiction and alcoholism affect millions of Americans every single day and the holidays are no exception. Most people who abuse alcohol or drugs are aware of the negative consequences that come with their usage. Even though they understand the harm and repercussions their bad habits have on them, this alone is not enough to make them quit.
If you’re wondering if sobriety is for you, take some time to consider the benefits of being sober. Let’s take a look at some of the many reasons why sobriety is the best gift you can give yourself:
1. Sobriety gives you a second chance
It’s an opportunity to begin again, to rebuild your life and to start living a life you are proud of. You can learn how to let go of past regrets, make amends and get back to the dreams you once had.
2. Your health and well-being drastically improve
They always say that health is the greatest wealth. Sobriety is a ticket to better health and wellness. By creating a healthier lifestyle, your overall health improves, and you can almost immediately notice the difference of not experiencing alcohol’s effects on the body. You sleep better, function with high energy, and your body is able to perform at a much better level.
3. Being present is the best present
There is nothing better than being in a room with your family or friends and really truly experiencing the making of your memories as you are able to genuinely participate in those moments. Sobriety allows you to experience your time with so much more joy.
4. Mental clarity is priceless
Gone are the days of hangovers and being in a mental fog all the time. You are able to remember everything and you begin to hear your intuition so much more clearly when you aren’t drowning it with substances. You don’t have to live in denial with shame, guilt or fear anymore and the cloud you once carried over your head is lifted.
5. You find inner peace and happiness like never before
Imagine not having to worry about what you said, how you got home, if you should drive your car or how you are going to afford to balance your substances with gift-giving this year. This kind of serenity can be yours. There truly is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience.
6. Sobriety equals money in the bank
When you are sober, you are able to save money like never before. This allows you to get ahead and feel less stressed about getting gifts for everyone. Seeing your bank account balance increase is one of the best feelings ever, and this opens you up to so many more possibilities.
7. You are able to give so much more back
When you are living inside an addiction, you can barely take care of yourself or meet your own needs. Getting on the sober path gives you back your ability to make a difference in this world. You become a positive role model for others who want to know how you did it and this helps you to become someone people look up to again.
8. The spirit of the holidays may be something you feel more this year
When you are caught up in addiction, it can be harder to have meaningful relationships and experiences, especially around the holidays. Sobriety helps you to have deeper connections not only with others but also with yourself. Breaking free from substances gives you your feelings back, which can be scary at first but over time you realize how amazing it is to be able to feel love, joy, and compassion.
If you or a loved one would like help getting sober this holiday season, contact us today to learn more about options and treatment programs. Let us help get you on the path to begin experiencing the wonderful gift of recovery.
Addiction Reward and Punishment, Brain Facts, Sarah Bates, <http://www.brainfacts.org/diseases-disorders/addiction/articles/2010/reward-and-punishment/>, December 2010.