When someone who is suffering from alcohol abuse starts to contemplate recovery, they are oftentimes worried or even scared. They might be worried about entering into treatment and leaving their life behind for a certain period or they might be scared at the prospect that they won’t be allowed to drink anymore. Sometimes their fear of getting clean and sober outweighs the benefits of doing so and they decide not to get help.
If you are someone who is contemplating alcohol abuse recovery, instead of thinking about all the things you can’t do anymore focus on some of the positives of getting clean and sober. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you might enjoy about living a clean and sober life.
No More Hangovers
As much fun as you might have drinking, the consequences of it are usually not very much fun. A prime example of that is the next day’s hangover. Chances are, if you have drunk at all in your life, you have experienced the next day hangover. The pounding headache, the dehydration, and the nausea are the price you pay the next day for your drinking the day or night before, and let’s face it, who wants to deal with that. One of the great things about not drinking anymore is you don’t have to deal with those awful hangovers.
You Don’t Have To Try and Remember What Happened Anymore
In addition to dealing with a hangover the next day, chances are you probably have to mentally retrace your steps or try and remember what happened the day before, especially if you are regularly getting blackout drunk. For those that are regular heavy drinkers, you know the feeling all too well of waking up the next day and wondering what happened the day before or where your keys, phone, wallet, purse, etc went. Having to call around to find out where you went and then call those places to see if they have your lost items is no fun and sometimes you never even find them. When you are sober you don’t have to worry about making those next-day calls because you didn’t go out drinking the night before and can remember everything you did.
No More Shame Or Regret
When you can’t remember what you did the day before when you were drinking, you don’t know if you did something that you might have to apologize for. Or, even worse, you wake up and realize you did or said something terrible the day before. This can lead to feelings of shame and regret.
Even if you didn’t do something that you might have to apologize for, you might regret your drinking when you wake up with that hangover or you might feel shame because you went out drinking instead of doing something else that you were supposed to do. Getting clean and sober means no longer having to apologize the next day for something you did the day before when you were drunk. It also means no longer having to worry about what you might have done or said or feeling regret for putting your drinking above other more important things.
You Will Have More Money
Drinking can be an expensive habit, even for those who aren’t suffering from addiction. For those who are addicted to alcohol and need a lot of it, it can be a significant financial drain. Even if you are someone with the means to be able to afford to buy as much alcohol as you want and it does not affect you financially, think about all the things that you could be doing with that money instead.
Imagine if you were clean and sober and no longer needed to buy alcohol. If you are someone who is struggling financially due to your alcohol consumption, getting sober might just be the thing you need to get out from under those financial constraints and be able to afford things that you need. The items that you couldn’t afford while you were drinking are items like rent, food, clothes, etc.
You Will Be Able To Look At Yourself In The Mirror Again
When you first start drinking, everything might seem fine. It might start with just going out after work with some friends and having some drinks to blow off steam. However, as the abuse gets worse and worse, it can get to the point where you look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person looking back at you.
This can be a scary thing to have to happen and might even be the final straw that gets you to go to treatment. When you stop drinking, you can wake up every day and look at yourself in the mirror and be happy and proud of the person looking back at you. Being sober allows you to rediscover who you are as a person and take back control of your life.
Are You Interested in Alcohol Abuse Recovery?
Making that decision to get clean and sober and finally admitting that you have a problem is not an easy one. It can also lead to feelings of fear and anxiety and you might also have a lot of questions. The good news is, you don’t have to go through any of it alone.
At Florida Center for Recovery, it is our goal to make the entire recovery process as easy on you as possible. We will sit down with you and answer any questions you may have and create a treatment plan custom-made for you and your needs. After all, it is our goal that everyone that leaves our facility goes on to live a happy, healthy, and sober life. If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol addiction and could benefit from treatment, contact us today.
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.