Let’s face it, getting sober isn’t an easy decision to make for anyone. It’s a huge commitment to make which requires some sacrifice and lifestyle changes. At least for a little while. A lot of our social gatherings involve alcohol and it’s hard to say no when you may have depended on it for a good time. Whether you are dealing with alcoholism or just feel that drinking at all doesn’t serve you, there is no time like the present to take charge and quit. Here are 5 good reasons to get sober today.
Your body will thank you.
And it’s the most obvious reason for anyone to quit drinking right? If you are addicted to alcohol, you are in the midst of a chronic, progressive illness. Your body, mind a soul are sick and you are not functioning well on any level. After just 2 weeks of removing alcohol from your system, you will note significant changes in your body and mood. Your liver will start to recover and you appear healthier. Your mind is clearer and your sleep has improved. Even if you are not addicted but feel like drinking is slowing you down, all the above apply. you will start to feel more energetic and of course, hangovers won’t be a problem anymore.
Your relationships improve.
This is definitely in the top 5 good reasons to get sober. Being able to be present for those we love, is a reoccurring advantage I hear all the time due to quitting drinking. Alcohol can completely distance us from family and friends on many levels. Addiction to alcohol requires your full attention and boy does it succeed. You will no longer need to put energy into thinking about alcohol, buying it, and recovering from it. You have all this free time to offer to people who have probably been grieving the loss of you, despite you being alive. Even weekend drinkers find they are more present in their lives when they quit. There’s more time and energy to spend with their children doing fun things instead of recovering from a hangover. Alcohol is very often present during violent outbursts. When it’s not present, heated arguments are less likely to escalate and you are less likely to embarrass yourself by saying or doing something you regret.
You see yourself and your life clearly.
This can be the very reason people abuse alcohol in the first place. They cannot bear feelings associated with certain events in their lives so use alcohol to drown out the pain. And yes it works for a while, but not for long. Eventually using alcohol as a crutch will take you down hard. Just because you are drinking down your problems does not mean they go away. They sit inside you and fester, causing you to become sick and very unhappy. Dealing with your pain head-on is the only way to overcome it. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t got something they deal with daily that causes them pain. However, learning coping skills through therapy or other means can free you from that pain and misery. It may take some time but you will eventually feel the freedom and live fully again. If you use a crutch like alcohol you stay stuck and nobody wants that, do they?
Your financial life will improve.
Alcohol is expensive in many ways. Even the cheapest liquor has a high price. How many days of work have you missed due to drinking? How many times has your boss pulled you aside about your work being under par? Have you lost your job due to drinking? If you are a regular drinker a night out can cost a lot of money. Money that could be saved or invested into something that improves your wellbeing instead of taking it from you. And of course, with better health, all those medical bills will decrease.
You deserve to reach your potential.
Yes, you do! So often we start to use alcohol at a young age and never fully understand our gifts and what makes us whole. We stay stuck in that teenage negative self-image and continue to use alcohol because it got rid of the icky low self-esteem. It carries on into adulthood and we never leave it behind. Well, it’s never too late to become the best version of yourself. I know you might be sick of hearing that, but it is true. You absolutely can have the life you dream of, full of peace and success and joy. There are so many avenues to seek help now and it’s open to everyone. Why not join some of our meetings here on InTheRooms.com and hear what people who have decided to quit have to say about a life of freedom from alcohol.
I hope these 5 good reasons to get sober have helped you with your decision to quit. What have you got to lose?