When you're clean, theadvantages of social interaction—like a dopamine rush or improved cognitiveabilities—come back. Your physical well-being will benefit from sobriety, butyour emotional state will gain just as much from it. Your emotional stability,which impacts your relationships, motivation, and general attitude, willsignificantly improve. The solution to all of your mental health issues is notsobriety.
But being sober hasallowed me to address many ingrained issues; before, I buried myself in adrink. My confidence in myself has been restored by sobriety and weeklycounseling. Now that I can say it, I trust myself, something I never imaginedI'd be able to. My mental health was saved by sobriety, and I could do the samefor you.
One of the mostevident advantages of abstaining from alcohol is having better mental health ingeneral. Your ability to concentrate and think clearly will improve the fewertoxins and chemicals that you put in your body, especially in excess as youwould with addiction. The physiological shift you'll experience when there areno drugs or alcohol in your system is maybe one of the most profound advantagesof sobriety. Your body will have more time to rest and repair itself while yousleep more soundly.
You'll have renewedenergy and motivation, directing them toward physical activity and goodbehaviors. Your hunger and motivation to make wholesome meals will return. Itwill help brighten and revitalize your skin, hair, and eyes. And with theseadvantages comes a priceless improvement in confidence and self-worth.
The difference will beapparent to both you and others. The following tactics will assist you inachieving mental sobriety in addition to physical, emotional, and spiritualsobriety.
According to Dr. BrianWind, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer of JourneyPure, "those who becomesober sleep better, have more energy, and can think more clearly.""Best of all, sober people don't wake up with hangovers or withdrawals,and they don't damage practically every aspect of their bodies daily."
Being sober isn't andwon't be simple. Some advantages become apparent right away, while others taketime. Even though you could first experience physical withdrawal symptoms ifyou have a substance misuse issue, the advantages of sobriety far outweigh anypossible drawbacks.
-Better overall health
-More mental clarity (focus, critical thinking, memory)
-A longer, deeper slumber
-Improved complexion and skin health
-Reduced likelihood of long-term health problems, such as cancer
-Better eating and weight-management practices
Dr. Lori Ryland, ChiefClinical Officer of Pinnacle Treatment Centers, believes the before-and-afterpictures showing drug recovery are "extremely persuasive." As youruse of substances decreases, you start to take better care of yourself byexercising more, eating healthier, and adhering to your doctor's orders thanyou did when you were using.
While staying sober willenhance your physical health, the advantages to your emotional condition arejust as significant. Your emotional stability, which impacts yourrelationships, motivation, and general mood, will significantly increase.
According to Dr. DeanDrosnes, Medical Director at Caron Treatment Centers, "In general, anindividual is substantially more emotionally stable and balanced in recoverythan during an active addiction." "People in recovery mayoccasionally still struggle with anxiety and despair. However, top-notchhealthcare professionals instruct their patients on how to deal with theseproblems positively and powerfully.
-Improved general wellbeing
-Even more drive
I have hadunpredictable mental health for as long as I can remember. I go through phasesof manic happiness, which include excessive socializing and spending, followedby deep depressive episodes, which include lying in bed all day and cancelingplans with friends. My violent mood swings as a teenager resulted inuncontrollable sobbing, hostility, and violence.
I first drank alcoholwhen I was 13 years old. Imagine excessive drinking at suburban house partieswithout any parental oversight. Girls wandering the ground level of astranger's Surrey estate in very little clothing. This process was repeatedevery weekend until I departed for college.
I had suicidalthoughts around the end of my adolescent year and didn't want to be alive. Inthe past, I have self-harmed to deal with my emotions when I was unable toexpress them to my friends and family.
I was a mess when Ileft for university. I had considered postponing my enrollment in university to"figure myself out." But in my head, I believed that leaving home andstarting over at school would be the cure for my binge drinking, self-harming,sadness, and anxiety. I was mistaken; at university, I was excruciatinglyhomesick. I persisted in binge drinking, which made me the target of everyone'sjokes. I lost contact with my friends and family. I cut myself off, leavingmyself open to emotional exposure.
I went through aseries of life-altering experiences in my early 20s. I was completely shockedwhen my parents unexpectedly got divorced. I began working as a teacher thatyear. I was quite depressed at this time. At a time when I needed both of myparents, the relationship we had was strained. My best friend unexpectedlypassed away from a brain aneurysm the next year. I drank a lot of booze to getthrough the discomfort.
My teaching career hasonly gotten better. I adore my work! It is not a simple task, though. We allused to congregate in the "library" after a long week of teaching tosip wine, or in my case, several bottles. Beverages on Fridays soon becamedrinks every night of the week.
My mental health hadcompletely collapsed by the end of 2019. I would say that I suffered fromdepression regularly, along with overwhelming worry and debilitating stress.These emotions were more noticeable after drinking, but they were becomingcommonplace. To cope with my feelings of loneliness, melancholy, tension, andworry, I drank three bottles of wine every night.
I was broken inside,and I was unable to see a way out. I used to constantly tell myself I wasn'tgood enough or that I was failing in my career. I was promising myself that Iwould never leave my parents' house. I wanted to give up on life because I feltthat my existence had no purpose. But instead, I stopped drinking.
The initial six monthswere difficult. At times, I felt alone. I was annoyed by how much booze seemedto dominate people's lives. When I stopped drinking, some people didn'tnecessarily understand why telling me to "just have one" or "whycan't you simply moderate?" Although alcoholism is sometimes described asa lonely condition, I felt more alone than ever after becoming sober. No onecould understand what I was experiencing.
After about ninemonths of perseverance, I started to reap the rewards. I was less stressedsince I had more money. I slept better, which improved my productivity at work.After paying off all of my obligations and credit cards, I was able to purchasemy first home. My mental health has changed significantly.
I have battled death,cancer, and the global pandemic like everyone else since I stopped drinking. Ididn't drink wine like I typically would have. I was able to confront theseunprocessed emotions with a clear brain.
The solution to all ofyour mental health issues is not sobriety. But being sober has allowed me toconfront many concerns that I buried behind my drink. Weekly counselingsessions and sobriety have helped me regain confidence in myself. I neverimagined that I would be able to say that I trust myself now. My mental healthwas saved by sobriety, and it might do the same for you.