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Friday Night Pep-Talk: What’s So Great About Being Sober?

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It’s another Friday! YEY! I read so many brilliant posts this week recounting the amazing gifts of  sobriety, and showing the struggles that bring forth the amazing revelations. When we get past the first few months we can actually start seeing why being sober is so amazing. But I know that early on, you’re still pondering:

What’s so great about being sober?

My first recollection of the greatness of sobriety, was one Saturday morning, as I was driving to work after being sober just about a week. It was 7 am, the sun was shining and I felt really good; my stomach was not churning and my head was not throbbing. I noticed right away how many people were on the road, and at the coffee shop and the gas station. I remember clearly thinking – wow! What are all these people doing up so early on a Saturday!? Is this

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So, what’s so great about being sober?

  • You don’t have to spend the day in a hangover haze.
  • No more waking up and having to throw up first thing.
  • No more blacking out!
  • No more red-eye or dry skin, or cottonmouth.
  • No worries about still smelling from the night before.
  • You don’t have to hide, lie or steel.
  • You don’t have to worry about running out of booze.
  • You aren’t taking out mountains of recyclables all the time.
  • You can get in the car whenever you want and go.
  • If you get pulled over, no worries about being hauled off to jail.
  • People actually want to talk to you when they see you.
  • A night’s sleep is usually restful.
  • The start of the work week means you are at work.
  • The weekends seem like 2 days, not two hours.
  • You can finish the projects you have started.
  • You can make plans and actually keep them.
  • You can pay bills. Ha Ha – maybe not that great! LOL!
  • You make true, honest friends, not just bar buddies.
  • You save a heck of a lot of money.
  • Your memories are crystal clear.

What do you think is so great about sobriety? What was the first thing you noticed?



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*Problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using (Ref: NIAAA).

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11 Comments »

  1. To answer your questions at the end, I could just copy your post and paste it here in my comment! You put it so perfectly well, it’s a fantastic read and I recognized myself in almost every sentence. Thank you for sharing this oh so inspirationsl post and have a Happy Happy Friday!

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  2. Great post Maggie! And, thanks for the “pingback!” You captured SO many of the wonderful blessings of sobriety. The empty recycling bin was one of the first noticeable differences for me as well! Lol!

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    • Hi Chenoa! Yep the recycling bin! LOL, and, for me I would put the bottles in black lawn bags and then in the bin, and take them put late at night! It’s so great not to have to mess with trash anymore! 🙂

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  3. Oh goodness yes, not having to keep track of all those empties is a blessing in itself.

    I love actually being in control of what I say and think now. I would say mean and hurtful things when drinking, and I always regretted it later.

    My self-confidence increased and my anxiety decreased.

    Thank you for the mention and the other links! And I agree, Karen’s post was phenomenal.

    Happy Friday!
    Christy

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    • Hi Christy! You’re very welcome and btw, I showed the kids your baby donkey video and they loved it, but my 4 year old kept asking why you were making that sound! LOL! I told him it was how you talk to the baby donkey. lol!

      I love the self confidence that returns when we get sober too! I still how some anxiety but way less, way way less! And the stuff that would come out of my mouth wasn’t the greatest either – oh so good not to have to worry about that crap anymore! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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      • Haha, that’s cute! Yep, I was like, “why am I clicking so much” when I watched it back, but it’s just like a second language when I talk to animals. I love your answer. 🙂

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  4. Hi Maggie! First, I just figured out Sober Courage and Sober Life are the same Maggie, I am slow, but I got there! Second, thanks for the pingback, and I am making it a priority today to figure out how to sign up for Google blogs so I can follow both AWESOME blogs.

    Finally, I would add to the list with this one: No more wasting huge amounts of time and exhaustive mental resources figuring out how to acquire mind-altering substances, how to hide said substances, and, most important, how to cover up my tracks and explain what I have been doing all day. Today I can list, in detail, what I have done and be extremely excited to do so!

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    • Oh no worries! And thank you for the kind words 🙂 I had decided to dump my anonymity, and I am not sure it worked the way I intended it to but oh well. I wrote it up on the I am branching out post: http://newsoberlife.blogspot.com/2013/08/i-am-branching-out.html

      Anyway, I like WordPress, it’s much easier to keep in touch with the community and that’s important to me.

      And yes, how awesome to remember everything and not be ashamed of it either! And all the mental gymnastics! Yep I can relate completely. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Maggie, I love the list. It’s all true! One thing I would add is being able to take people more at face value. When I was drinking, if I felt crap someone said “How’s it going?” or some other innocuous comment, I would worry they really knew how much I was drinking and were reaching out t o help me, or they were feeling sorry for me because I must look as bad as I felt. I was so afraid that people could just tell, somehow, and I always had to fake a big smile and good cheer, which likely made me look a bit like a madwoman. Now I can genuinely, calmly smile and tell people I’m fine, because I am. What a difference!

    Thanks for recommending those posts above. I’m off to read them right now!

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    • Hi! I love that too, being able to be honest with others! I usually told them how crappy my life was and how it was unfair and how bad things kept happening to me, trying to get some pity! Sheesh would never mention that it was my crazy drinking that was running my life! LOL! Yep, it is definitely nice to be able to be genuine! Thank you for your comment and I hope that you enjoy the blogs!

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