5 Reasons Why I’m Happy To Be Sober

Hey, friends!  Sorry I haven’t posted much this past week, I just started graduate school to get my second masters degree in addiction counseling, so I’m trying to get into a “routine” so to speak.  But, even though things have been a little stressful, I have not picked up a single drink. 76 days sober today! Hard to believe my 90 days is coming up!   My last post was a bit depressing, I examined 5 reasons why I got sober.  Let’s face it, many alcoholics don’t feel too great about themselves when they make the brave choice to get sober. So, I’ve had over two months of sobriety and I wanted to share 5 reasons why I’m happy to be sober!

1.) I Haven’t Felt This “Clear Minded” For Years!

When I was active in my drinking, I was extremely depressed.  When I walked into my first AA meeting, I was in a bit of an alcoholic “fog”, and it took me about two weeks to get out of it. Once I sobered up and let my brain heal from all the toxicity, I felt a sense of hope and peace.  I can confidently say that I have never been this happy in my entire life.  My family and friends say that I’m pleasant to be around, and I don’t seem so withdrawn.  When I was depressed and drinking, I didn’t want to leave my apartment.  Now, I am out of the house all the time!  Just last weekend, I went to the Toledo Zoo, the musical Chicago (my favorite musical!), putt putting, and the batting cages.  I want to participate in activities that don’t involve alcohol- and by God they’re fun! I am finally enjoying life again.

2.) My Physical Health Has Dramatically Improved.

As I said in my past post, my physical health was deteriorating.  Since I decided to get sober, I have lost 27 lbs., and my cholesterol dropped a whopping 100 points.  I am able to do strenuous activity without gasping for breath, and I’m not nursing hangovers every morning.  My hands no longer shake from alcohol withdrawal.  I no longer wake up with bruises from falling around all over the bar- I may or may not get bruises from being clumsy, but that’s beside the point!  My body just “feels” healthy- and that’s something that feels amazing!  Amazing how alcohol improves your body, mind, and spirit in so many ways!

3.) I Am More Honest Than I Have Ever Been in My Life.

Many alcoholics have the talent of being great liars and can manipulate almost any situation so that they can get their way.  Now that I’m sober, I don’t have to hide anything- and that is one of the most freeing feelings ever!  I don’t have to hide liquor bottles, I don’t have to hide my emotions, I don’t have to lie about what I’m doing or who I’m hanging out with.  When I was in the heat of my addiction, the majority of my day was spent lying to my parents- and I was completely okay with it. Because alcohol came first in all of my affairs.  Nobody else’s feelings mattered except for my own.  Alcohol was my friend!  Now that I’m “free”, I can tell the truth and not feel ashamed about what I’m doing.

4.) I Have Gained Some Amazing Friendships- True Friendships.

I have touched on this topic in a previous post, but I think it is so important to reiterate the friendships that I have gained in my 76 days of sobriety.  When I was drinking, my friends were the ones who bought me alcohol or took me to the bar when I was having a bad day.  I quickly learned that those individuals were not my friends, they were enablers.  Now that I am in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, I have gained true friendship.  The people in the rooms of AA are some of the kindest, big-hearted people I know. I know AA isn’t for everybody, but it has certainly helped me!

5.) I Have Found My Passion.

When I was a practicing social worker, I thought that I could do my job efficiently because of everything that I have learned in school (5 years of it!).  That was true to some extent, but it was somewhat hard for me to relate to my clients.  Now that I have personal experience with alcoholism, no book can teach me how it truly feels to have an alcoholic brain. I had to experience and learn from it firsthand. I am no better than anyone else.  Alcoholics Anonymous has taught me to be humble, which is something that I will always be grateful for.  Because of my experience with alcoholism, it has driven me to write this blog and to go back to school for addiction counseling.

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8 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why I’m Happy To Be Sober

  1. Awesome read Sara, heck yeah it gets better with every passing moment of sobriety. We to think I thought it was so good inside the world of “numb” and “dumb”. The lack of consistency, friendships, good health. I was dying in there. So much hope outside that stupidity. If we can only become clear long enough to see truth. You are true warrior, and your resilence is remarkbale. Keep on keeping on for the reasons only become more, and better. 3 years and 8 months. My reasons are so many, and I am not thr same person. Ran into someone today from my past, humbling!! God is good to complete the work!! Thanks for sharing! Good luck, and blessings in your schooling. Stay focused on the prize! ❤🙏👏

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    1. Awwww! Thank you so much, seriously! I was just thinking today about the person I was when I was drinking and who I am now. That person is part of my past for a reason, but to think about it is nauseating. Thank you so much for your kind words and support! 😘

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  2. Wonderful, and thank you so much for sharing. Not to patronise you but the newcomer really is the most important person in the room. You are so grateful and positive it reminds me to be grateful as well S x

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  3. So happy for you!! This whole time we thought we “needed” alcohol . God is good and life is great sober. Of course you still have your bad days but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. So happy for you ❤️

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