If you are an alcoholic, you already know firsthand the many problems addiction brings. What you might not have realized, however, is the enormously wide-ranging benefits that stem from kicking the habit and getting sober. Attending an inpatient alcohol rehab doesn’t just kick start your recovery—it kick starts the rest of your life.
Better Health for Life
Sobriety drastically reduces your risk of liver cirrhosis, but it also has a whole host of other less obvious health benefits too. Your fertility will increase, and high blood pressure recedes. You decrease your risk of getting certain cancers, and of having a heart attack. Without a constant hangover or state of confusion, you’ll feel more energized and you’ll find it easier to get fitter, faster.
You’ll look better too. Ridding your body of this toxin does wonders for your complexion, and avoiding thousands of empty calories makes it much easier to lose weight. With a sober lifestyle and a clear mind, you’ll be taking the first steps towards a truly healthy lifestyle, for good.
Love and Be Loved
Once you’re sober, you will be able to repair the damage drinking has done to your relationship and to your family. Your loved ones will get the real you back again, and you’ll be amazed at how you could ever have missed out on so much. If you’re single, sobriety means that it will be easier for you to find love (who wants to date a drunk?) and to maintain a healthy relationship when you do, without having to constantly make excuses for your behavior.
Meanwhile, you can also reconnect with friends who drifted away when you started drinking—and you’ll likely make many new friends along the way. Many people find that friendships forged in rehab last for life, and you’ll also be networking with a diverse group of people at support meetings and sober social events. With more friends than ever before, you’ll be able to enjoy them more too.
There are intellectual benefits to getting sober too. Getting wasted literally wasted so much time, but now that you have it back, what will you do with it? At this time in your life, you’ll be able to explore new hobbies and interests, and to follow up passions that were previously abandoned. You’ll also find yourself more motivated and confident than before. If you could conquer your addiction, you can conquer anything, and this fresh mindset will help you achieve much more than you thought possible.
Grow as a Professional
Showing up for work on time and giving it your best means that you’ll soon see the professional benefits of being sober. With time, promotions and more responsibility will increase your income and your job satisfaction too. Studying for new qualifications or a degree is also possible now that you’re sober enough to apply yourself and commit for the long haul.
Grow Your Bank Balance
It’s not until you stop drinking that you start to realize how much your habit has cost you financially. Alcohol is not cheap! Once you are sober, eating out becomes much more affordable, and with the money you save you can also contemplate all kinds of things: vacations, a new car, treats for the family, even saving for your kids’ college fund.
Most patients in alcohol rehab programs attend because they see the immediate impact their addiction is having. But equally important are the long-term effects. How wonderful to know, then, that once you are in recovery, a whole new world is opened up to you, one you perhaps forgot existed. Packed with opportunity, blessings and the chance to be who you truly are, the world can truly be your oyster again.