When beginning the journey into recovery from substance abuse, things can feel unfamiliar, raw, and intense. But living sober is worth every awkward moment, and understanding that is part of avoiding relapse. Here’s a look at three ways life gets better with sustained recovery:
1. Improved Health
It’s no secret: alcohol and chemical dependence are bad for your overall health. Whether you’ve assaulted your liver with prolonged heavy drinking, overdosed on narcotics, or otherwise developed unhealthy habits as part of a substance abuse problem, addiction takes its toll on the mind and body. A healthier lifestyle is sure to result when the decision is made to begin recovering from addiction.
2. Improved Relationships with Friends and Family
Relationships are frequent casualties of addiction. At times an addict is simply unreliable. But all too often, transgressions against those closest to you can be much more severe and destructive.
A part of recovery is the opportunity to repair broken relationships while producing healthier, more stable, and meaningful connections. It’s not just mending old fences. Recovering from substance abuse makes it possible to be a reliable and positive person in the lives of others.
3. Better Financial Outlook
All too often, addicts suffer financial consequences as a result of the money spent on sustaining a certain lifestyle or by an inability to remain employed. With sobriety comes a future full of opportunities that may not have been possible before, and a reduced likelihood that whatever money has been acquired will be wasted on the vices of the past. There is no guarantee that a person in recovery will succeed financially, but the prospect of supporting yourself is far more realistic than if most of your time and money is spent getting high.
Life in recovery is an entirely difference experience from life caught up in addiction, where one can experience the ups and downs with equal parts grace and serenity. If you’re struggling with addiction, we encourage you to reach out for help. You can start by Contacting us for help getting started with your journey.