The Downside of Sobriety: The 6 Things No One Tells You Might Happen If You Quit Drinking

You know what it’s like to live sober in a booze soaked world. I love being sober because for so many years I thought being a drinker was cool and fun and now I can see what a crock of shit that is. Being a drinker just means you are blurring your brain with a drug and using it to loosen your tongue or give you a false sense of connectedness and bravado.

The only filters left in my life are the ones I use on photos on Instagram. The elusive sober sleep that everyone talked about… IS TRUE! I also love the process of falling asleep in comparison to passing out.

Respect: What does it mean and what does it feel like?

When you’re sober, you’ll probably find that you stop gaining weight (and maybe even lose a few pounds) without really trying. If you’re like most drinkers, you’ve likely surrounded yourself at some point with a group of people who also drink. I’d argue that many of us gravitated to a group of friends who have drinking habits that align with our own, and we did this because we didn’t want sober friends. Sometimes I feel like sobriety’s Andy Rooney – the ironic, curmudgeon of the blogging set, pointing out the pitfalls and snafus that no one else will tell the world about quitting drinking.

i love being sober

Being sober also allows you to make better financial decisions. Substance abuse can impair your judgment and decision-making skills, leading to impulsive spending and financial mismanagement. But when you’re sober, you’ll be able to think more clearly, fact-check, and make better financial decisions.

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The thing is, giving up alcohol isn’t a perfect process. Sometimes you have to try several times until your temptations get the message. Even if you don’t have a strong support network right away, this is something you can seek out to help support your goals. His absence from our home gave me the necessary space to process how addiction had turned our lives upside down so quickly. The single most driving emotion I needed to heal was anger. The time alone gave me space to do my own soul work and attend to my own life.

This week, though, I didn’t find I wanted to at all, so I just enjoyed being by myself for the week. It also turns out I can tell a 45-minute story that should have been only three minutes. So, with this knowledge of myself, I’ll wrap this post with the 17 things I love about being 17 years sober.

Things I Love About Being Sober For 17 Years

The goal is not to avoid feeling angry or upset but to self-soothe without substances. Breathwork, meditation, and yoga are all some ways you can work on your emotional regulation outside of a healthcare provider’s office. But when you put an end to your relationship with alcohol and drugs, you can start fixing damaged relationships and build stronger, healthier connections with loved ones.

Staying sober may require several strategies and supports, including seeking professional and peer support. First, attending a family education program offered by a center while my husband was attending its residential program. Those three days informed my understanding of what was happening to Bill and us as a family unit. It reinforced the notion that sobriety was only the first step. One of the most obvious things you’ll love about being sober is the health benefits. Substance abuse can lead to a range of health problems, including liver damage, heart disease, sleep problems, and weakened immune systems.


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