Why You Should Get Sober

Are you thinking of getting sober? Or wondering if you really have a problem? Have you taken the quiz? Have you read the definition of alcoholism? Have you Google “How do you know if you are an alcoholic?” Have you compared yourself to your friends, the ones that seem to drink way more than you and still seem ok? Have you ever woken up feeling ashamed and swore that you will never drink again?

If you are reading this than you have most likely struggled with alcoholism/addiction in some way. And if you are anything like me when I was trying to figure all this out, you have been looking for answers everywhere!
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Most individuals with alcohol problems do not resolve to make a big change out of the blue or transform their drinking lifestyles overnight. Recovery is usually a more gradual process. In the early stages of change, denial is a huge obstacle. Even after acknowledging you have a drinking problem, you may make excuses and drag your feet. It’s important to acknowledge your ambivalence about stopping drinking. If you’re not sure if you’re ready to change or you’re struggling with the decision, it can help to think about the benefits of this choice. Maybe then you have at least been pondering the whole sober idea right?

Here is the deal:

Getting sober is hard:

  • It is an everyday struggle not to drink in the beginning.
  • It makes you face reality like never before.
  • It makes you feel naked and alone at times.
  • It makes you feel angry and jealous.
  • You may feel like you are giving up everything.
  • You will want to give up!

But…

Living sober is easier:

  • It will make your mind clear and your body healthy again.
  • It will make you appreciate the reality.
  • It will make you feel comfortable in your own skin.
  • It will keep you balanced and serene.
  • It will keep you happy and free.
  • You will feel like you are gaining everything.
  • You will want more!

And there is more! Here are The Promises from the 12 Step program literature.

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change… continue reading here.

We are not what we were, but we are what we become!


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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful stuff.

    Those promises they read are the 9th step promises. Almost all the steps have promises attached to them. My absolute favourites (and wish they read these ones instead at meetings) are the 10th step promises:

    “And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone-even alcohol. For by this time sanity will have returned. We will seldom be interested in liquor. If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically. We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.”
    Alcoholics Anonymous pp.84-85

    The reasons you gave for sobriety are great, and I am sure we can add even more! That’s the beauty of this thing we call recovery…it gets better all the time 🙂

    Thank you for sharing,

    Paul

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    1. Thanks Paul! Love love what you posted here! There are so many reasons to get sober and so many ways that life becomes full and amazing, we could probably fill countless pages! I know in the beginning it was so hard to see any of that, I just thought I would live in misery forever! And now I can’t imagine ever going back! What a miracle this is, what a miracle we are! I love – “safe and protected.” And “the problem has been removed.” I am so grateful. Thanks so much for this awesome comment!

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  2. A great advert for sobriety!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it. But, and, there is so much more, really! If I knew this is, where my live would lead if I quit drinking, I probably would have quit years ago. But it’s scary too, the unknown is scary, so I like lists, quick reminders, for me too, that’s why I continue to stay sober! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day 🙂

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  3. the promises are my fav…I strive for this each day …to know such peace would be my nirvana

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    1. I love them too! Gives me so much hope and inspiration. And when I see them happening it just makes me that much more grateful to be sober. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

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