32 Big Reasons to Get Sober!

Hi lovely readers,

Not everyone is an addict/alcoholic. Not everyone uses substances to cope with their moods and their lives. But some of us do, and if you’re one of those people then I hope today’s post is a sign for you that maybe today is the day to start getting clean.

When I first started trying to get sober, I did it because my parents needed me to. The second time I thought I was doing it for myself, and every time until really this year (I started my recovery journey at 18) it was about everyone but myself or, only momentarily, at my bottoms, about myself because I was desperate. It wasn’t until somewhat recently that I found my own reasons, and I found them by getting some clean time and then using what I discovered as my intrinsic motivation to keep going. I like to remind myself of these things in moments where I’m wondering why I have to keep doing something so incredibly difficult. Other people get to drink and do drugs, why can’t I?

Sobriety is not easy. Suddenly, you feel every emotion on the spectrum. You have empathy. You have responsibilities to grapple with and relationships to maintain. People’s expectations of you are higher. Negative things happen and you have no way to cope aside from using your own mind and willpower and the recollection that things like this will pass. So here are some things to remember in those moments:

  1. If I get/stay sober, I will be capable of being the best version of myself.
  2. I get/stay sober, I will be capable of overcoming difficulties with compassion, strength, logic, and intelligence.
  3. If I get/stay sober, I will feel proud of my self and have a sense of accomplishment.
  4. If I get/stay sober, I will build self-esteem.
  5. If I get/stay sober, I will look my healthiest and most attractive.
  6. If I get/stay sober, I will be able to have a healthy sleep schedule and won’t feel tired all the time.
  7. If I get/stay sober, I will be able to make new connections with healthy people and be able to build relationships that are fulfilling and inspiring.
  8. If I get/stay sober, I can help other people on their recovery journeys.
  9. If I get/stay sober, I will be able to pursue my career dreams.
  10. If I get/stay sober, I will be able to stabilize my mental health.
  11. If I get/stay sober, I will know genuine happiness.
  12. If I get/stay sober, I will be able to use the money I would otherwise spend on my DOC to save for something special or to reward myself with things I genuinely like.
  13. If I get/stay sober, I will not feel sick all the time.
  14. If I get/stay sober, I will have a long life ahead of me, with endless possibilities.
  15. If I get stay sober, I can have a close and loving relationship with my family.
  16. If I get/stay sober, I will be as smart as I know I can be and be capable of using my brain to learn and grow.
  17. If I get/stay sober, I can love people in a genuine way.
  18. If I get/stay sober, I can accomplish fitness goals and achieve the body I’ve always hoped to.
  19. If I get/stay sober, I can dedicate all my newly found free time to things I enjoy or give me a sense of mastery.
  20. If I get/stay sober, I can find/have the ability to be with the love of my life.
  21. If I get/stay sober, I can have fun that is safe, genuine, and healthy.
  22. If I get/stay sober, I will figure out who I really am.
  23. If I get/stay sober, I will be open to learning knew things about the world.
  24. If I get/stay sober, I will be able to give back to the people who’ve taken care of me.
  25. If I get/stay sober, I will be responsible and reliable.
  26. If I get/stay sober, people will trust me again, and I will trust myself.
  27. If I get/stay sober, I will be able to be honest.
  28. If I get/stay sober, I will find my morals and beliefs and be able to live in accordance with them.
  29. If I get/stay sober, I can learn to love myself.
  30. If I get/stay sober, I will be able to remember significant moments and have fully experienced them.
  31. If I get/stay sober, I will be an inspiration to those who need it.
  32. If I get/stay sober, I can work to make amends and show people who were there for me that their efforts were not in vain.

If you’re unsure as to how to start, I will be making another post on how to begin the process of getting clean. You can’t do it alone, and you shouldn’t have to. But if you were wondering what the point of doing so would be, I hope this post is a good reminder. I am not making empty promises – I’m not exactly where I want to be yet but I am still seeing all of these things come true in my life.

Thank you so much for reading and comment below if you have anything to add.

Lots of love,

Liz

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