Exploring the Benefits of Sobriety
When alcoholics move towards recovery, one of the most powerful motivators for seeking treatment is understanding the health benefits of sobriety.
It’s probably no mystery that drinking to excess takes a toll on a person’s health and well-being. The adverse effects of alcoholism are well documented. Excessive drinking can lead to liver failure, heart problems, and cancer, among other serious health issues. Those who are wrapped up in their addiction either don’t realize the damage they’re doing to their body or they may have simply stopped caring.
Alcohol is a poison and ingesting it has many side effects. But what happens when an alcoholic stops ingesting alcohol? Here are just a few of the benefits of not drinking alcohol:
Say Goodbye to Hangovers
Ahhh, the dreaded hangover. Seems to be God’s punishment for our indulgence and weakness, doesn’t it? In reality, a hangover is a form of withdrawal from alcohol. Some people rarely get hangovers, while other people get debilitating ones.
Hangovers are debilitating in the extreme. Think of how many times a hangover has kept you from your daily routines and responsibilities. How much of your life have you missed because of a hangover? Probably too much.
Of course, you don’t realize how much hangovers have been impacting your life until you wake up without one. Your body feels refreshed, reinvigorated, rested, and serene.
That’s a reward you should look forward to. For many, this is the one of the first benefits of not drinking alcohol they’ll experience.
Reduce Your Body’s Toxins
Alcohol contains toxins and the body naturally tries to reject these. The body’s internal organs bear the brunt of this responsibility and the press takes a harsh toll on internal organs.
When toxins enter the body, your organs try to break them down and flush them out of the body. The main organs that play a role in this are the liver, kidneys, and the intestines.
Eventually, this process wear these organs down, which is why so many long-time heavy drinkers experience problems with these organs. When the body is no longer taking in alcohol, it won’t need to work to eliminate the toxins from it. This means less work for these vital organs, which means they will function longer. This in turn, means one of the health benefits of sobriety can be a longer life.
Prepare to Glow
Excessive drinking causes dehydration. Once you stop drinking, there will be noticeable changes in your skin and complexion. You’ll find yourself looking younger, more radiant and healthier. Your friends and family will notice these changes.
This is probably not surprising, as we’ve all met people who have abused alcohol for long periods of time and have likely noticed they look older than their true age. Alcohol can also affect the skin short-term and in the long term.
For some people, drinking can cause redness in the skin as well as inflammation. Though at first these may be temporary effects of drinking, they can become permanent over time.
It’s not uncommon for people to notice significant changes in their skin and appearance after just a few weeks of sobriety.
Ahh, Sweet Slumber
Those who party and drink are losing sleep because of their reckless lifestyle. Once they stop drinking, they undergo a period of change. After rehab and somewhere during the sober living process, recovering alcoholics will begin to experience restful and rejuvenating sleep.
It will take time for your body to adjust. How much time depends on the length and severity of your addiction. Once you start living healthier, you’ll find yourself getting more energy and better sleep.
Energy Levels will Increase
Alcohol is a depressant, meaning it creates a drowsy or relaxing effect for the user.
You can probably guess the effects of this, so it should come as no surprise that one of the benefits of not drinking alcohol is a person will experience greater energy levels after they stop drinking.
Recovering patients often take on new hobbies and explore new activities as part of their recovery. Now that they have the energy, they seem more intent on keeping their mind and body occupied.
Your Diet will Get Healthier
Among one of the unpleasant side effects of alcohol abuse is the fact that most people don’t eat well when they’re drinking. Bar pretzels or other snack foods tend to be all that some people eat when they’re drinking, and such foods are devoid of any real nutritional value.
People who stop drinking often find that their tastes have changed. They often purse healthier foods and foods that provide new taste experiences. Since your other senses, including your taste buds, become more sensitive after recovery, you may find yourself reaching for foods you would never have considered before.
Statistically speaking, this means that you’re eating food that is better for you. With better portion control, a more balanced diet and better hydration, the changes to your body and health become very apparent in short time. This is yet another of the many health benefits of sobriety.
Sharper Mental Acuity
One of the principle benefits of sobriety is the change in your mental acuity. With your mind now free of at the influences of alcohol, you’ll experience clarity of thought. You’ll be able to concentrate better, to focus better and to reason more clearly.
Things like anxiety and depression will be easier to cope with and will be more manageable.
At first, dealing with anxiety and depression might be confusing. The intensity levels will have changed because your brain is now more in tune with reality. After you learn how to deal with these challenges, you’ll find that your temperament has changed as well as your attitude.
Your friends and family will notice a very different version of you. These are welcome changes.
Of course, this list doesn’t detail all of the changes you’ll experience as you transition into sobriety. Although these are just some of the health benefits of sobriety, these should be more than enough to help further motivate you to move toward sobriety.
Life is too short to spend it being anything less than happy and fulfilled. Let The District Recovery Community help get you there.