The new year is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to make some real changes. If you are struggling with drugs and alcohol, why not make this the year you change your life? Below are 19 reasons to get sober this upcoming year.
1. There Is No Time Like the Present.
You know what they say, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Addiction is a chronic disease that gets progressively worse when left untreated. Don’t wait to hit “rock bottom” before you get help.
2. Everyone Is Making Changes.
New Year’s inspires everyone to make positive lifestyle changes, which means people are more likely to be supportive of your decision around this time of the year.
3. You Are Tired of Being Sick and Tired.
Drugs and alcohol take a tremendous toll on your body and overall well-being. Getting sober will help you heal and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.
4. Mental Clarity.
Nothing keeps you in a haze quite like drugs and alcohol. If you want to be truly present in your life, sobriety is the answer.
5. You Are Sorry and You Mean It.
If you struggle with addiction, chances are that you have done things you regret. When you are still using, your words don’t mean much. It is your actions that count. The best way to make amends is by truly committing to recovery.
6. You Can Do Better.
Whether you want to be a better father, mother, son, daughter, sister, brother, or friend ⎼ addiction is likely holding you back. Sobriety can help you become a better version of yourself and allow you to repair any relationships that may have suffered due to your addiction.
7. Financial Stability.
Not only are drugs and alcohol not cheap but being under their influence leads to poor financial decisions. By abstaining from them, you will save money, make more sound financial decisions, and be able to succeed at work, which could lead to a raise.
8. Improved Self-Esteem.
Drugs and alcohol alter your mental state, leading to lowered self-esteem and depression. The negative effects it has on your life, such as broken relationships or job loss, can also take a toll on your self-esteem. Through recovery, you see how strong you are and learn to love yourself again.
You are probably not proud of a lot of what you have done in the throes of addiction, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t redeem yourself. Recovery allows you to transform your life and begin treating yourself with respect.
10. More Time.
You can’t turn back time, but you can start appreciating the time you have. When you are using, your life is consumed by drugs and alcohol and nothing else matters. In sobriety, you will realize how much time was lost because of your addiction and find yourself with extra time on your hands to spend with loved ones, enjoy life, and discover your passions.
11. Everything You Are Missing Out On.
Does your addiction prevent you from moving up at work? Does it make you miss out on meaningful relationships? Does it cause you to skip important events? Does it keep you from being there for someone you love? Addiction takes a lot away from you. Recovery can help you get it back.
You are so much more than your addiction. And when you stop using, you get to find out exactly who that is. You get to discover what you like, what you don’t like, and what you want your life to be like.
Are you tired of not knowing where you’ll wake up, or worse ⎼ if you will? Sobriety allows you to break free from the constraints of addiction. It enables you to make decisions based on what is best for you rather than what you need to do to get your next fix.
14. To Inspire Others.
It may be difficult to imagine yourself being a source of inspiration right now, but you can become someone others look up to. Your journey can inspire others; it may even save someone one day.
15. Your Happiness.
Addiction can make you many things, but happy isn’t one of them. Once you stop using, your mind begins to heal, lessening your stress, anxiety, and depression levels. Sobriety also enables you to appreciate the small things in life and teaches you to live in the moment, increasing your overall happiness.
16. Your Loved Ones.
Whether you realize it or not, your addiction is not only hurting you but also those around you. Getting help not only helps end your suffering but also that of your loved ones who want nothing more than to see you safe and happy.
17. You Want to Live.
It is no secret that drugs and alcohol kill. And even if you claim to have your substance abuse under control, you know deep down that you are playing Russian roulette with your life. The only way to stop risking your life is by quitting.
18. You Owe It to Yourself.
No one deserves the pain and heartbreak that addiction brings. You deserve better than a life ruled by drugs and alcohol, and you owe it to yourself to do everything you can to get better.
19. Because You Can.
No one says recovery is easy. Everyone says it is worth it. Overcoming your addiction won’t happen overnight. The journey will be long and will have bumps along the way, but you can do it. You can lead the life you deserve.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we are here to help. Reach out to Mountainside by calling 888 833 4676.
Maintaining Boundaries in Tight Spaces
Establishing boundaries are key to long-term recovery but maintaining them can be difficult during this time of quarantine. Alex Lahr, recovery coach coordinator, shares her tips for how to keep your boundaries and your sobriety during this difficult time.
20 Ways to Stay Sober During Social Isolation
Need some tips on how to protect your recovery during these times of stress and anxiety? Find out what others in recovery are doing to stay sober during social isolation.