Your New Life in Recovery
For an active addict or alcoholic, it’s hard to envision life in recovery. For people considering D’Amore Healthcare’s treatment center, a life of recovery seems like one big question mark. Many addicts in recovery admit that life in sobriety can take them by surprise. So what really happens when people get sober? Here are ten ways life can change for the better when living without drugs and alcohol.
No more hangovers
Feeling great each morning is a true miracle of sobriety! You will wake up each day without a splitting headache, dehydration or the beginnings of withdrawals from your drug of choice. There is so much more to appreciate when physical health is managed.
You will start to trust yourself
Years of lying, manipulating and rearranging the truth to hide addict behavior can take a toll on a person’s psyche. Not only do the people you care about begin to shut you out, you start to lose faith in yourself. Once you put down the alcohol, process addiction, or drugs, you regain some self-respect. Self-trust leads to gaining the trust of others.
People start to trust you
Once some time has passed and you are not drinking or using, you’ll notice that people treat you in a different way. It’s not because they’ve suddenly realized you’re awesome, it’s because you’re learning to be a trustworthy person. In recovery, you do the things you say you’ll do and you show up where you’re supposed to be.
In any addiction, the perceived source of pleasure or relief or status quo is the main life focus. Beyond that, addicts and alcoholics are usually pretty selfish, even if they don’t realize it. In recovery, a new way of seeing things begins to unfold. Things that seemed so important before starting to fade and living in a kind, helpful way begins to take precedence.
Emotions come to the surface
In early recovery, anger, fear, grief, elation, joy, confusion all come swirling up to the top. Years of drug or alcohol abuse meant shoving down feelings inside. The first year of sobriety is often accompanied by a roller coaster of emotions. However, this will pass and in recovery, it becomes clear that any feeling can be tolerated WITHOUT alcohol, process addiction or, drugs.
You will do things you have been too scared to do in the past
Living in recovery means facing fears. In the past, people drank and used to not deal with people, places, things, that upset them. Sobriety means being able to face whatever scares you, having the tools to deal with it, and living through it…sober.
You’ll want the chase or the substance, and you won’t satisfy the want
Addicts and alcoholics, by nature, can become obsessed with the idea of using, drinking or repeating habits. It is a very common experience that people in recovery are struck by the urge to use. The miraculous part is that if you lean on a recovery team, you can overcome triggers and urges. You’ll learn that despite what your brain or body tells you, you can survive, even thrive, sober.
You’ll build relationships with others in recovery
The common bond of addiction provides a powerful basis for friendship and sharing new life experiences. It is a true gift of recovery to know others living a sober life. It’s comforting to share similar experiences of pain, shame, fear, and hopelessness because of addiction. To know that you are not alone in recovery is life-saving.
Your friendships may change
Some friendships you have will vastly improve, and some friendships you have will slip away. Friends will start to believe in you again. They warm up again once they see you show up, answer calls, not steal their money! These friendships will rekindle and bring you strength to be your most authentic self. Some friendships will peter out when you realize the only thing you had in common was drinking, running amok or drugging. This is okay.
Unexpected things will come to pass
When living in recovery, new opportunities await you at every turn, and you are now ready to meet them. When living a chaotic, frenzied life, you were unable to seize opportunities that came your way. Freed from the chains of addiction, life becomes a true adventure. Sometimes scary, sometimes boring, sometimes wildly exciting, but always, always, a life worth living.
If you or someone you love needs help finding sobriety, contact D’Amore Healthcare.