Top 10 Reasons to Get Clean and Sober

Life is full of challenges – no matter where you were born or where you’re headed, there will always be highs and lows that add together into the person you are today. For many, this rollercoaster can lead to some sort of addiction, whether that be addiction to drugs, alcohol, or the number of other dangerous addictions we see in our world today. The road to recovery can be long and challenging, especially without the right support systems put in place. Thankfully, there are hundreds of organizations in the United States (such as SAMHSA) designed to help those who struggle with addictions to come out on the other side stronger than before.

One of the most important things shared in many of these treatment programs is the constant reminder of why you are working toward becoming (and staying) sober. Without any reason to get clean and sober, it can be nearly impossible to force yourself out of the cycle. Here, we have compiled the top 10 reasons for getting clean and sober – if you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, brainstorm through these reasons as you construct your own, adding specific examples that apply to your individual situation.

mans life has improved without alcohol and drugs

Top 10 Ways My Life Got Better Without Alcohol and Drugs

As it relates to alcoholics and addicts, our drug of choice was at one time one of the greatest discoveries we had ever made. Anxieties were eased, fears diminished and sometimes even just existing in our own skin was somehow more manageable. However, as the story always goes, it works until it doesn’t anymore. Though I still had it in my head that getting sober was the end of all things enjoyable for me, I can honestly say that my life has turned around in ways I never thought possible.

1. Self Acceptance
First and most importantly, I can look myself in the mirror. It’s no secret that addiction is a monster that transforms some of the most beautiful lives into chaos and ruin; I certainly found it to be true. I no longer recognized who I was anymore and what I did see flat out disgusted me. Getting sober felt like losing an old friend, I’ll admit, but in the process, I found myself and that gain is immeasurable.

Your Success Equals Their Failure?

Your success in sobriety, and life on a whole, is something to celebrate and be celebrated. When you’ve defeated a monster as all consuming as addiction, that is a major victory, and you will find that those who love, care, and support you will praise you, be proud of you, and commit to being there for you as you move into this new journey of sobriety.

But, some may find something else in their battle for sobriety. Something darker, something that showcases the pettiness and hopelessness present in some communities. That something else is a hope for your failure.

For some, your success equals their failure. This has nothing at all to do with you. And this perceived hurt that they feel as you succeed is completely in their own head and a product of their own imagination. But, in the dark place that they exist, as you succeed in your battle for sobriety, your success is somehow a direct affront to them.