5 Beautiful Reasons to Stay Sober No Matter What
When you're going through sobriety, it can feel like you're all alone. None of your friends or family seem to understand how powerful your cravings are or the mental battles you must endure every day.
However, over 10% of Americans deal with drug use disorder, and those are just the reported cases. The truth is far more people battle addiction than what we see in the statistics.
Regardless, sometimes it's vital to remember all the good reasons to stay sober, particularly when you feel like your cravings are about to get the best of you. We don't want that to happen any more than you want that to happen. Keep reading for a quick reminder of all the beautiful reasons you have for staying sober.
1. Because You Deserve Sobriety
First, and most importantly, you deserve sobriety. If you're like most people recovering from an addiction, you know how substance abuse can totally and completely interrupt your life. While using, everything else tends to fall by the wayside - friends, family, hobbies, jobs, responsibilities, etc.
Simply put, an addiction can de-rail your life. One of the most important reasons to stay sober is because you've started this wonderful journey of reclaiming your life. Don't stop short now.
2. Because Your Friends and Family Deserve Your Sobriety
Secondly, staying sober is important because of the people around you. Your friends and family have likely been through quite a bit with you on your journey to sobriety. Going back now would mean restarting that journey, not just for you, but for everyone that loves and cares about you.
Furthermore, you cannot be your best self while using. Staying sober means being a better friend, a better son or daughter, a better parent, and a better partner.
3. To Focus on Finding Success
Earning AA coins and AA tokens are great reasons to stay sober. They provide small, yet meaningful rewards for your battle against addiction. But those tokens represent more, they represent your success.
Staying sober helps you focus on life goals, rather than struggling to get by while carrying the massive weight of feeding your addiction. This can be success in your relationships, your hobbies, or your career.
4. To Take Care of Your Health
Staying sober also means you're taking care of your health. While using, you're more likely to make bad choices that can lead to accidents and injuries.
Just as importantly, long-term substance abuse can lead to major health problems in the future. One of the most important reasons to stay sober is to protect your health so you can live a longer, happier life.
5. Because It's Easy to Keep Up Than to Catch Up
We know the intensity of the mental battles you deal with on a daily or weekly basis. Saying no to your vice can feel impossible. Sometimes, it feels like it might be okay to have a minor relapse so you can present a stronger front in the future.
Don't be fooled by this illusion. It's easier to keep up than to catch up. The more you allow yourself to relapse, the harder it will be to stay committed to recovery in the future.
If you're struggling and considering allowing yourself to use, call your AA sponsor, a friend, a family member, or an addiction hotline.
Need More Help or Reasons to Stay Sober?
There are endless reasons to stay sober. Find the ones that hold the most meaning in your life so you have something to strive for.
Is it to be responsible for your future? Is it staying sober for your friends and family? Maybe it's the pride that comes with earning AA medallions and recovery coins?
If you need help staying sober, enlist in our online meetings. Connect with other people who are on a similar journey. Good luck, you can do this.