This Christmas, what gift are you giving yourself?
A new pair of shoes? A new IPhone? Or maybe jewelry?
These are the things that usually come to mind when shopping for gifts not only for other people but also for yourself. It is not uncommon to buy something fancy as a reward for yourself after a long year.
But have you ever considered giving yourself the gift of sobriety?
If you are struggling with alcohol or substance abuse, getting over your addiction issues may seem like a very difficult undertaking. Maybe you feel that you’re not ready or that you cannot go through this process. While it is not an easy journey, it is not an impossible one. With proper help and guidance, you can definitely succeed.
Here are some reasons why sobriety is the best gift you could give yourself this Christmas season.
You get a chance to start over
Being sober gives you an opportunity to begin a new chapter in your life. This is your chance to let go of the past hurts, mistakes, and disappointments. You can begin again and create the life that you deserve to have.
You have to keep in mind that it’s never too late to give yourself another shot at life. Don’t give up by thinking that you can no longer create a new life for yourself. By recognizing that you need help and having the willingness to change, you are already way ahead in your recovery journey.
You can create memories you can actually remember
When you’re drunk or high, it’s difficult to remember special moments that you should be treasuring in your heart and your mind. For example, when you’re too drunk at a family party, chances are you’ll never remember your kid’s smile or your dad’s joke that made everyone laugh. Everything will just be a blur to you.
When you are sober, you get to cherish these moments, delight in them, and actually get to remember them. You will become more mindful of the moment and appreciate the time you spend every minute.
You will experience better relationships
When you’re drinking or using, this can create friction and problems in your relationships with the people close to you. That’s why when you give yourself the gift of sobriety, you are not only giving yourself that gift, but also to your loved ones. The people who love you want you to be your best self, and that includes you being sober and healthy.
When you start your recovery journey, you can start rebuilding your relationships with the people you love. You will also get the chance to meet new people, date someone new, and develop new relationships.
It will open you up to new discoveries and adventure
When you are always high or drunk, it’s often difficult for you to experience things fully. Being sober gives you the chance to learn new things about yourself. You can use the time to try out new things, meet new people, and travel. These can open you up to new opportunities and potentially give you a chance to explore a new career.
You will look and feel better
One of the best things about being sober is that it will improve your health. You will be physically stronger and less immune to different diseases.
You will stop experiencing painful and damaging symptoms associated with using drugs or drinking alcohol. Not having these symptoms bother you will make you feel a lot better.
The improvement in your health will manifest physically because for sure, you will look better.
Your hair and your skin will gain a healthier tone. Your eyes will look normal again and you will put on a healthier weight.
You can achieve your goals
When you’re sober, you have a higher chance of achieving what you’re setting out to do – whether it’s regarding your work or your personal life. You will have a clearer mindset to plan out your steps to achieve your goals.
You will also have more confidence and self-esteem that you will be able to go for what you want, without hiding behind alcohol or substance use. Being sober gives you an opportunity to be the best at what you can do.
If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol abuse, help is available.
Contact Lighthouse Treatment Center today.