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What You Probably Won’t Miss About Drinking Alcohol

What You Probably Won’t Miss About Drinking Alcohol

It can be hard to enter rehab with a mindset focused on what you will miss. There is not really much to miss about addiction, but it does not seem that way at first. That is all you know and all you are living for in that moment. After rehab, you start to finally realize what you missed out on with addiction and start to regroup your thinking and lifestyle around sobriety. Learn some ways to live into sobriety without worrying about what you miss back there.

Living for Today

When you think about what you won’t miss about yesterday, or the yesterdays of yesterday, you can probably think of a few moments in time you regret that you would like to forget. However, you may find yourself missing those days, those friends, those fun times. They loom largely in your mind as a reminder of what you’re missing but maybe you’re not missing so much after all. Here are a few reminders of what you will not miss about drinking or addiction to alcohol:

  • The hangovers. There is nothing fun about peeling your eyelids open, the pounding headaches, or lingering ache in your stomach. Hangovers are actually alcohol withdrawals and can become debilitating, even life threatening (blackouts, for one). When you stop experiencing them, you realize how bad they truly were in the first place.
  • The toll on your health. Alcohol is not the best thing to go into your body, especially in excess. Depending on what you drink, you may be taking in way more calories and sugar than you realize. Getting drunk may make people hungry, but it can lead to health issues with weight, self-esteem, and other issues. Removing alcohol helps you realize what you need to actually be healthy, without the presence of toxic substances.
  • Who needs an apology. One of the worst parts of being addicted to alcohol is not remembering what you did or who you did it with. There is always a lingering sense of dread in the mornings when you cannot recall the events of yesterday. When you wake up free and clear to know where you went, who you were with and how you got home, you realize how much safer and healthier you feel sober.
  • Retracing your steps. If you are a heavy drinker, you likely lost something during a night out. If you are a heavy drinker, you may have no idea where you lost things that are important to you. It may turn up, it may not. You might lose money or even important family heirlooms. When you’re sober, it’s easier to keep track of your possessions.
  • Reputation. End of the day, all you have is your legacy and reputation. If you have a bad reputation because you drank all the time, you may not be able to get it back so easily. Drinking takes a lot away from you but don’t let it take this away. Start repairing it in recovery and notice how differently people treat you when they know they can trust you.

End of the day, you can even lose yourself in the process. Continuing to drink will allow your old self to keep fading into black. Take back control of your life from drinking by getting help, going to rehab, and setting yourself up for success in recovery. You won’t regret doing it when you realize how much more you have to gain being sober.

Being sober is a choice but it takes intentionality. If you are struggling with staying sober or getting clean, we are here to help you get started. Our programs and services are tailored to your individual circumstances. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401