When you’re thinking about getting sober, you might look at your life or the world in general and ask, “What’s the point?” A lot of people drink or use drugs just to escape misery. If drugs or drinking is the only thing making life bearable, why quit? It’s a fair question. Sobriety takes a lot of work. You have go through detox, and then you have to put in the long hours of treatment and recovery. It helps to have some hope for the future when attempting something so difficult.
There are actually many reasons to get sober. The first is that most of the misery in your life is caused by your addiction. Maybe the worst misery is withdrawal, or fear of withdrawal. You have to live in constant fear that you may not be able to adequately scratch your itch. Many of the other causes of your misery are related to your addiction. Addiction is a great way to ruin any career and every relationship. If you are lonely and poor, of course you will be miserable. Perhaps the worst part of all this is that at some level you know you are messing things up and failing to meet your own standards, but you feel helpless to do anything about it.
Another reason to get sober is that you aren’t the only person affected by your addiction. Your family, your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors may all be affected to some degree. Even if you imagine you are totally alone, your addiction will affect someone, even if it’s a stranger whose phone you stole to get high. Most people, though, have many connections, often more than they realize. People care about you and worry about you. Someone has probably endured a lot trying to keep you safe in hopes that you would eventually recover. If you can’t find a reason to get sober for yourself, do it for the people who care about you.
In the course of a normal life, people tend to get happier as they go. Or rather, they tend to get less happy up to a point, usually mid- to late thirties, and then they get steadily happier. There are a lot of reasons for this. This is usually the age when people start making a little more money and have less stress related to raising kids. But it’s also the age when people learn to develop more control over their emotions and learn to appreciate what they have. Addiction severely distorts this trend, but the good news is that getting sober can rapidly accelerate progress. Going to therapy and meetings, making a systematic effort to clean up your messes, and finding ways to help others are experiences most people never have that dramatically improve your quality of life. In short, the life you are aiming for is not necessarily one you can see from where you are.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox in a comfortable environment and take advantage of a variety of complementary therapeutic approaches. Call us today at 844-325-9168 or email us at email@example.com to learn more.