14 Reasons to Stay Sober

Benefits Of Going Sober

People in recovery often have recurring thoughts about whether they should continue to stay sober. They may think—Should I stay sober? Why should I stay sober? or Is it all worth it?

It’s common to go through ups and downs as you figure out your new sober lifestyle. However, you should know that sobriety does get easier with time. While it can be challenging to resist temptation, remembering why you want to stay sober can give you strength for the journey ahead.

The bottom line—you’re capable of staying sober, and you don’t have to do it alone. Plenty of addiction support services are available to you, including SAMHSA’s confidential hotline and professional sober coaching.

And if you just need some motivation to get through the day, here are 14 wonderful reasons to remain sober.

Why Should I Stay Sober?

  1. Safeguard Your Health
    Heavy drinking and drug use can seriously impact your physical health. It can lead to skin issues, weight loss, dental problems, liver disease, mental health issues, and an older appearance. Staying sober doesn’t just protect you from health issues, it can help you eat better, get better sleep, and feel better in general.
  2. Protect Your Progress
    Getting sober takes patience, time, energy, and commitment. You’ve already come a long way by getting sober, and giving in to cravings now would destroy all of that progress. Respect the hard work you’ve put into sobriety by remaining sober.
  3. Avoid the Pain of Addiction
    Substance use may temporarily numb the pain, but the cycle of substance abuse can be extremely painful. Don’t let yourself fall back into the cycle of addiction. It will only hurt your mental health, rip apart your relationships, and ruin your self-esteem. Instead, choose the comfort sober life can provide.
  4. Your Goals Are Important
    When you become sober, your life’s possibilities multiply. You may see opportunities like career advancement, travel, new relationships, healed family ties, improved habits, and new hobbies. Whatever your goals are in life, staying sober protects your ability to work towards them. Don’t let drinking or using get in the way of what you want to achieve.
  5. You Value Sobriety
    You went sober for a reason. You see value in sobriety and the positive impact it can make on your life. Substance use no longer aligns with your values, so why return to it?
  6. Positive Self-Esteem
    Achieving sobriety is a big deal, and you should feel proud of yourself! While sobriety can positively affect your self-esteem, substance use can make you feel worthless again. Rather than allow yourself to be dragged back into the depths of self-doubt, choose to stay sober and protect your self-esteem.
  7. Save Money
    Addiction comes with a huge price tag—one that you’re probably not willing to pay anymore. Think of all the money you’re saving by kicking your habit to the curb. In sobriety, you can finally afford things like healthy food, a stable place to live, a phone, car payments, internet, recreational activities, and more.
  8. Avoid Embarrassment
    When you hit rock bottom, you likely said or did things you’re not proud of. Maybe you said hurtful things to your family, stole from your friends, or embarrassed yourself in front of loved ones. These things happened in the past, but drinking or using again can lead you back to this type of embarrassing behavior. Instead, choose to stay sober and in control of your actions.
  9. Be Productive
    You probably already know that the cycle of addiction deeply affects your ability to be productive and complete goals. Conversely, long-term sobriety offers the opportunity to achieve more than you’ve ever dreamed.
  10. More Time For Hobbies
    Having a drinking or drug habit doesn’t leave you much time for anything else. When you go sober, you suddenly have time to pursue interests you couldn’t before. These may include listening to music, playing sports, painting, sewing, taking photos, playing video games, biking, or watching movies. These new hobbies can also become healthy coping mechanisms on the road to recovery.
  11. Be a Good Parent
    Substance use disorders can have a major impact on your family members and specifically your children. If you have kids, you likely know that addiction can affect your child’s development, mental health, and safety.

    You’ve already done a great thing for your family by getting sober. Don’t let that progress go to waste. Be a good parent and stay sober for your kids.

  12. Protect Relationships
    Substance abuse can deeply strain relationships with your friends and family. It can affect your communication, trust, and emotional closeness. Having a circle of friends or family you trust is crucial for a happy and healthy life. Don’t let the urge to drink or use destroy the relationships you value most; stay sober to protect the ones you love.
  13. Freedom to Be Yourself
    Drugs and alcohol cloud your true self and make it difficult to let your personality shine through. Once you enter recovery, you finally gain the freedom to be yourself. Imagine the interesting things you’ll do when you don’t have to think about drugs or alcohol all the time.
  14. Your Life is Worth it
    At the end of the day, you’re worth it. You’re worth the hard work and perseverance it takes to abstain from drugs or alcohol. It may be challenging to convince yourself of this, but your life is worthwhile, and so are your interests, relationships, and health. By staying sober, you allow yourself to pursue the more fulfilling life you deserve.
  15. Find the Strength and Motivation to Stay Sober

    Reasons to Stay Sober

    If you’re struggling to stay clean from alcohol or drugs, the compassionate team at Drew Horowitz & Associates is here to help.

    You don’t have to deal with drug and alcohol addiction on your own. Drew Horowitz provides support through sober coaching and referrals to treatment programs, sober living, and support groups.

    We’ll be by your side as you navigate the challenging but rewarding path of addiction treatment.

    Call (800) 731-0854 for 24/7 addiction support.

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