Certainly, it’s easy to look at the long road ahead of you in treatment for addiction as one of challenge and difficulty. And while the road may come with many challenges and difficulties, it also comes with an unlimited number of advantages. Basically, anything worth doing isn’t easy. So, rather than focus on the negative that may come during your time in treatment, it’s best to focus on the positive, as it far outweighs the negative. In this article, we discuss five of the positive changes that can come about as a result of recovery. This way, you can become more motivated and encouraged to get the help you need!
During active addiction, it can be challenging to keep a steady job. Hangovers keeping you from going in, showing up late, and poor work performance as a result of routine drug use often leads to job loss. But, those in recovery don’t have to deal with the lows of drug addiction, so they’re more likely to show up on time and do their work to completion. Instead of constantly worrying if you’re going to get fired, a life of sobriety means more job security as you won’t have to worry about fighting to keep your job as a result of addiction’s consequences.
Active addiction can actually affect a person’s passions, interests, and even personality. Before you struggled with addiction, did you have any interests or hobbies that you no longer take part in? For many, the daily struggle with finding, getting, and taking addictive substances takes up a lot of time. Time that would have been used to pursue passions and attempt new hobbies. Not to mention, that the chemical structure of the brain can change due to addiction, resulting in a number of personality changes. Mainly, an apathetic opinion about most things, including past passions. Fortunately, these changes are reversible during sobriety. And many people find themselves getting back to their previous self and past interests during recovery.
Right now, you may not even be able to imagine your life without your drug of choice. Especially if you’ve lived so long using it. But, you’ll quickly find out that during sobriety, you’ll begin thinking of other things. This allows for new ideas, new interests, and even new opportunities that may never have come up if you continued the use of addictive substances. If you’re ready to think about things other than using, you can look forward to this as a benefit of sobriety.
Addiction rarely doesn’t affect relationships. It can tear families, friendships, and even intimate bonds apart. But, sobriety comes with the opportunity to right past wrongs and make atonements to loved ones. Furthermore, it offers a chance to create new relationships with peers in the same situation as you. This can provide support and even push you to be your best. If you’re ready to have relationships provide meaning in your life, you’re ready for this sobriety benefit.
One of the best benefits of sobriety is how it will change your mindset of yourself. During active addiction, most people feel shame and guilt for their lifestyle or how they’ve treated others to get their drug of choice. But, when you’re sober, you’ll have the time and means to work on yourself and get past this guilt. Every day will bring another clean slate and provide you with the opportunity to learn something new, be kind, and showcase respect. Furthermore, you’ll have the chance to get back to doing what you love, whether that be returning to work, getting back to school, or even traveling the world!
If you’re ready to take the challenge of treatment on and experience the benefits of sobriety for yourself, there is not a better time than now. Here at Willow Place for Women, we help women of all ages and backgrounds with their daily struggle with addiction. And we provide them with the necessary education and skills needed to conquer addiction.