Often, someone trapped in the throngs of addiction cannot image life being anything else. We can feel like all hope is lost. Thankfully, there is help and that help can open the doors to an exciting addition-free life. So what does an addiction-free life look like?
There are virtually zero health benefits of a lifestyle embroiled in substance abuse. On the contrary, the health consequences of most addictions can be devastating. Short-term health problems such as sleeplessness and poor nutrition are two more obvious health problems associated with an addictive lifestyle.
However, every time you abuse drugs or alcohol you create a piling-on of health issues. What may seem like inconsequential effects of your addiction will compound over time. Regardless of what health issues your addiction has helped create, you can alter their course.
An addiction-free life is one that will be healthier. The progress may be slow. However, if you continue the course, you will begin to see the changes in your health. In addition, many in recovery speak of improved motivation to take better care of themselves. Getting healthy and staying healthier is one look of an addiction-free life.
A common characteristic that befalls those trapped in an addictive lifestyle is a lack of responsibility. Sure, you may be a functioning addict, someone who goes to work and pays their bills. However, there is invariably a dearth of responsibility somewhere.
Frequently, addicts and alcoholics shun their friends and families. You may forego common activities because you can’t get high or loaded. Then, of course, you may avoid your friends, family, plus other responsibilities because you are intoxicated.
Being accountable to family and friends is a naturally accepted responsibility. When drugs or alcohol steal your life, they steal any sense of responsibility as well. An addiction-free life will allow you to regain your dignity by being responsible again. Sometimes this is the greatest gift of recovery.
More Financially Secure
There is no getting around the fact that drugs and alcohol cost money. Normal people do not forego their financial responsibilities in the steady pursuit of their addiction. However, if you lead an addictive lifestyle, it’s not uncommon for you to spend money on your habit before you spend money on what matters.
An addiction-free lifestyle erases that from your life. This is a byproduct of being responsible. Sometimes an addict or alcoholic stoops so low they steal money from family and friends to feed their addiction. This is a miserable state of existence.
Learning to live clean and sober will stop the maddening spiral of searching for money to get drunk or high. You’ll be able to pay your bills on time and frequently have some left over for something other than drugs or alcohol. Since you won’t be spending money on your addiction, an addiction-free life will automatically help you be more financially secure.
One last feature of an addiction-free life escapes many who have yet to find recovery. All-too-often, being intoxicated is equated with being happy. The truth is, most addicts and alcoholics reach a point where they are miserable constantly.
You may have reached that same point in your addiction where you cannot imagine life with or without drugs and alcohol. What was once the perfect elixir to make you feel happiness, now induces incessant misery.
Just the fact that you will feel better physically can have a profound effect on your emotional happiness. Taking care of yourself and your responsibilities can also help you feel happy about yourself.
If recovery was a boring, lifeless journey, few would even bother. What would be the point of living an addiction-free life if we were relegated to a boring, miserable existence? Thankfully, that is not what happens when you get clean and sober.
While it can take time, everyone’s journey is unique; eventually these wonderful promises of living addiction-free begin to happen. Thousands in recovery insist that their worst day clean and sober is a far cry better than their best day high or drunk.
If you’re searching for something better than a life embroiled in addiction, there is help. All you have to do is ask. The day you ask for help is the day you will begin to form a new life, a life where you become healthier, more responsible and happier living addiction-free.
If you’re tired of the maddening spiral that is addiction, you can stop it. But, you’re going to need help. Make the call today at 866-963-7200 to speak with an addiction specialist who can help guide you to your new journey in an addiction-free life. Make the call today, because tomorrow may be too late.