Overcoming addiction is one of the most important things you can ever accomplish. It takes a lot of work, dedication, and persistence. Staying sober must always be a top priority no matter if you are one month into your sobriety or one decade. If you speak to anyone in recovery, they will tell you that it definitely isn’t easy, but it is worth it. The benefits from getting – and staying – sober are plentiful.
Let’s begin by saying that getting sober generally requires professional help in the form of treatment or rehab. Many people fail at recovery because they try to do it on their own. Without professional help, you have a much lower chance of success. For example, many people relapse right away when going through detox because the symptoms are so unpleasant. In a professional atmosphere, steps will be taken to make sure you are completely safe and as comfortable as possible. It helps to get you through and make sure you don’t give into your cravings because of the severity of your symptoms.
As you continue in treatment, you will be given the tools you need to go back into the real world and stay sober. Going through this helps to build a strong foundation for your recovery so that you don’t have to figure everything out on your own.
Life After Overcoming Addiction
The reason it is so important to go through rehab is that it is so rewarding to live a life free of drugs and alcohol. There are so many benefits that it is impossible to list them all, but here are some of the main ones.
You’ll have more financial freedom. You no longer have to worry about having money for your next fix or drink. Instead, you’ll be able to save all that money or use it for positive things like a home, car, or vacation. You won’t have to worry about hiding the money you are spending either because that part of your life will be over.
By overcoming an addiction you become free from health issues surrounding addiction. No matter what substance you abuse, there are bound to be health repercussions. For example, drinking excess alcohol damages your liver, and doing coke impacts your heart. Opioids and all other substances can easily lead to overdose, which is terrifying both for you and the people who love you.
You can say goodbye to the stress related to an addicted lifestyle. Sure, getting high or drunk may take the edge off. However, there is the constant stress of making sure you have a stash, that you have the means to get more drugs or alcohol, and also sneaking around and hiding it from the people who love you, and places like work or school. Overall, it is extremely stressful to keep up with the lies and deceit.
You can finally live shame-free. Being an addict is not something most people are proud of. While in active addiction, you feel a profound sense of shame about your inability to stop, and the actions you have taken to keep up and also mask your addiction. By overcoming an addiction you get freedom from the guilt, shame, and anxiety that constantly follows you around.
No matter how far into your addiction you think you are, you can always get past it. Overcoming addiction takes a lot of work and dedication, but the freedom, sense of self, and positive lifestyle that comes out of it is more than worth it. No one deserves to live the painful existence that comes with addiction. No matter what your situation is, help is out there if you want it. Once you see that you can break through to a sober lifestyle, you’ll never want to look back again!