How Your Life Changes After You Get Sober
Published: March 4, 2021
Facing the unknown can be nerve-wracking, especially if you haven’t been sober in years. Maybe you are worried about how you will spend your time, what your hobbies will be, and so on. While these are valid concerns, the truth is that your life is going to look a lot different than it did while you were using. However, in this case, different is not a bad thing.
Here are some positive changes you can experience when you decide to live a sober life.
Your physical health will improve
Drinking excessively or drug abuse can cause great damage to your liver, kidneys, intestines and other vital organs. Many people don’t think about the long-term damage that alcohol or drugs can have on their body, making it easier to write off. However, excessive use can lead to many health issues.
When you decide to get sober, your physical health will significantly improve. Your cardiovascular system will also improve, which leads to a healthier heart and longer life. Some other physical health benefits include:
- Improved mental clarity (focus, critical thinking, memory)
- Increased energy
- Healthier skin and complexion
- Decreased risk of long-term health issues
- Better weight management
You will pursue your passions
Addiction robs us of time, and once you let those bad habits go, you feel free and have the opportunity to discover new interests and pursue new passions. Maybe you have always wanted to attend to your studies, write a book, exercise more, or learn a new language. Sobriety gives you the chance to do things you’ve always wanted to do, without your addiction holding you back.
Your relationships get stronger
Living with an addiction, you most likely prioritized your substance abuse above all else, which can negatively affect your relationships with others. Sobriety allows you to put more energy into your relationships and spend time with the people who matter most to you. Without focusing on drugs or alcohol, you are able to stay physically and emotionally present with others.