The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sobriety as “the condition of not having any measurable levels or effects from alcohol or drugs.” Habitually abusing drugs and/ or alcohol will affect the way one’s brain functions, as one’s body becomes increasingly accustomed to functioning with the presence of the abused substance in its system. Addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a chronic, relapsing brain disorder. It is characterized by compulsively engaging in rewarding stimuli (e.g., drug-seeking behaviors and use) despite harmful consequences. It is not uncommon for an individual struggling with an addiction to experience relationship challenges, negative physiological effects, financial strain, run into legal complications, lack personal hygiene, and have difficulty maintaining steady employment. Addiction can wreak havoc in all areas of one’s life, as an individual struggling with addiction will prioritize satisfying his or her drug cravings above all else. Becoming sober is integral to one’s recovery process from addiction.
Maintaining sobriety is an extremely challenging endeavor. As is true with making any kind of adjustments to one’s life, there are benefits and drawbacks. However, for many people, the benefits of being sober strongly outweigh the drawbacks. Embracing sobriety can improve your quality of life in a multitude of ways, such as:
- Your overall health will improve
- You will have the opportunity to repair broken relationships
- You will have more money, as you won’t be spending it on drugs or alcohol
- You will gain more energy
- You will sleep better and achieve more meaningful rest
- You avoid alcohol or drug-related health problems
- Your memory will improve, as it will no longer be clouded or influenced by drugs or alcohol
- You will make better choices because you will no longer be driven by an unhealthy drug and/ or alcohol habit
- You will have more time to discover and focus on things you love
Although it may seem difficult, especially for those struggling with addiction, making the choice to become sober and honoring your commitment will improve your life immensely.
For Information and Support
If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction, we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long-lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment-related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.