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The Gifts of Sobriety

Written By Recovery Centers - August 19th, 2023
The Gifts of Sobriety

Sobriety is one of the most beautiful gifts you will ever give to yourself and to those you love. However, getting sober and beginning to live a life of recovery is not something that happens overnight. The road to recovery can be treacherous, and you will inevitably feel like throwing in the towel from time to time. You might feel overwhelmed and in too deep, frustrated by your snail’s pace-progress, unwilling at times to take suggestions and truly go to any lengths. Growth can be incredibly painful. However, when you make it to the other side, you will start to recognize how immensely all of your hard work is paying off.

At Recovery Centers we believe that recovery should be available to all those who seek it. We have developed a comprehensive treatment program geared towards helping people heal on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual basis. We adequately prepare our clients for continued success in sobriety by equipping them with the tools and skills they need to navigate any challenges life should throw at them. If you or someone you love has been struggling with addiction and is ready to take the first step towards a life of happiness, fulfillment, and freedom, contact us today.

The Gift of Honesty and Authenticity

When you were active in your addiction, there is a good chance that honesty eluded you entirely. Those who struggle with substance use disorders go to great lengths to protect their drinking or drug use. This typically means lying to their loved ones and to themselves on a daily basis. When you get sober, you have to be honest with yourself for (maybe) the very first time. You have to admit that drinking or drug use has become a serious problem, and come to terms with the fact that you cannot recover without help. This can be extremely difficult to do, especially considering the fact that most people who struggle with addiction stay stuck in a place of complete denial for so long. You likely convinced yourself that everything was fine, you had it all under control, and that you could stop anytime you wanted to. When you realized this wasn’t the case you reached out for help, and you have finally embarked on your recovery journey. Being honest takes practice, especially when it doesn’t come naturally. But once you get into the habit of living an authentic life, you will open up the door for true fulfillment.

The Gift of Total Freedom

There is truly no sense of freedom like the freedom you will feel once you realize that you can live a happy and fulfilling life free from compulsive substance use. When you were active in your addiction you became a slave to chemical substances; your life began to revolve around them. Every decision you made was directly tied into hope and when you could take the next drink or experience the next high. You spent a significant amount of time obtaining your drug of choice, using it, and recovering from its effects. You spent even more time trying to put out all the little (and big) fires your substance use constantly caused. When you wake up in the morning without a hangover, without feeling dopesick, depressed, and entirely hopeless, you will experience a freedom like you have never known. Life becomes your oyster and you have endless possibilities at your disposal.

The Gift of Healthy, Mutually Beneficial Relationships

When active in your addiction, you likely forged relationships based solely on what the other person could do for you. When you commit to a life of recovery you begin learning how to develop mutually beneficial relationships, relationships that are based on things like common interests, fundamental similarities, and healthy communication. Sounds pretty crazy, right? It can be difficult to imagine, especially if you come from a dysfunctional family (which many of us do, in one way or another). The good news is that you will be guided through the process. You will start forging healthy relationships while you are still engaged in treatment. You will develop a bond with your individual therapist, with your peers, and with other sober people you meet in 12 Step fellowships. Before you know it you will have an expansive network of people you can truly rely on; people who have your best interest at heart.

The Gift of a Full Spectrum of Emotions

This might seem like a curse rather than a blessing, and it certainly can be. When we commit to addiction recovery we commit to navigating bad days, knowing that better days are on the horizon. When you were active in your addiction you likely experienced a series of very low low and very high highs — at least at first. Over time, every day became a battle. Most days you wished you wouldn’t wake up. Experiencing a full spectrum of human emotions — joy, sadness, grief, elation, nervousness, fulfillment, love — can be quite a whirlwind. It is certainly a change from going to any length necessary to numb everything out. But once you belly laugh for the first time in sobriety, you will recognize how very worth it the bad days are.

The gifts of sobriety are endless, of course, they cannot be accessed until the initial step on the addiction recovery journey is taken. This initial step is making the decision to reach out for help. As soon as you contact Recovery Centers you will be connected with someone who will help walk you through the admissions process. We understand that committing to change can be scary, especially when you aren’t sure what to expect from the treatment process. We are standing by to answer any additional questions you have by walking you through the first stages of the process, step by step. At Recovery Centers we believe that effective addiction treatment options should be available to those in need, and we work closely with major insurance providers to ensure our clinical program is as accessible as possible. To learn more about the gifts of sobriety or to learn more about getting help for addiction, contact us today.