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Four Unexpected Life Benefits of Becoming Sober

Four Unexpected Life Benefits of Becoming Sober

A healthier body and mind are just one of the benefits of sobriety

Sobriety can seem like a never-ending and challenging goal for many who are struggling with opium abuse and addiction. While it can be difficult to see the benefits of sobriety when you or your loved one is struggling with their addiction, getting and staying sober brings with it tremendous benefits that are unquestionably worth the effort and struggle.

Opioids, also referred to as opiates or narcotics, are a pain relieving medication made specifically from opium, which is derived from the poppy plant. Common medications such as morphine and codeine are two natural products of opium. These medications, when used for a prolonged time or when abused, can be highly addictive and cause an individual’s life to spiral out of control. Typically, this cycle leaves individuals susceptible to diseases, financial struggles and legality issues. This is often the time when you start to weigh the pros and cons of sobriety and, although is great, it is often too late to avoid some consequences.[1]

Unexpected Benefits of Sobriety

Addiction is a disease that can cause harsh side effects even years after you stopped using. Because of this, you may be questioning whether sobriety is the best choice for you or your loved one. Maybe you fear sobriety because of the unknowns or perhaps you fear the confrontation with the memories you’ve tried so hard to push away. No matter what reasons are holding you back, treatment can help walk you through each step successfully when you’re ready. Included in the following are four benefits of becoming sober:

  • Healthier body and mind
  • Increased personal safety and security
  • Improved relationships
  • Financial stability

Although getting healthy is a known aspect of sobriety, what is often unknown are the health consequences of continued drug use and abuse. Achieving sobriety can help addicts avoid many health problems such as liver disease, cancers of numerous types, permanent brain damage and other miscellaneous injuries. Poor physical health is often one of the first apparent signs of addiction. However, mental health, such as depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, can be just as impacted by addiction. While sobriety may not cure the above conditions, they are most certainly impossible to treat in someone who is actively abusing opium, and because of this, the first step toward a healthier you is to get sober.

Have you found yourself waking up with no idea of where you are or how you got there? This can be a deeply troubling and traumatic experience that many addicts share. Your addiction has taken over control and you have lost control over your decisions while under the influence of opium or other narcotics. Poor choices made while under the influence can put you at risk of harming yourself or others, along with potentially devastating consequences for your future. Maintaining control of yourself and your choices eliminates one of the major sources of uncertainty and insecurity that plagues your life as an active opium addict.

One of the most common motivators for sobriety is the hope of restoring relationships with loved ones. When your addiction was at its worst, you probably found yourself cut off from loved ones who despite the love they have for you had given up trying to help. In some cases, the only way to get them back into your life was sobriety. The quality of your relationships will likely improve with sobriety. Rather than only interacting with others while under the influence of opium, you can now have a clear mind and be more genuine along with make more substantial connections with the loved ones in your life.

Chronic drug use has a major impact on your financial resources. This could be due to poor job performance or even a lack of employment altogether; your professional progress was likely limited by your addiction. Getting sober and maintaining it, will help you be more effective and productive, no matter what field you work in. In addition to improved income, sobriety helps eliminate the often high expenses associated with both buying and using drugs.

Opium Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you know and love is struggling with an addiction to opium and is unsure if the pros to sobriety outweigh the cons, please give our toll-free helpline a call today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment approach for you. Take back control of your life and call us today!


 

[1] http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/painkillers-and-addiction-narcotic-abuse, What is Narcotic Abuse, Jennifer Robinson, MD, 02/06/2016, 04/26/2015.