Getting sober is a journey. You do not become sober one fine morning. It's a realization that can hit after a few days, a few months, or even a few years.
No matter where you are in your life right now, you can still kick the alcohol addiction and live a more fulfilling life.
Here are 10 things that will happen to you as soon as you embark on your journey to sobriety.
1. You will feel healthier
Health comes in all shapes and sizes, but the feeling of being healthy is common across the board. You do not need to have a beach body to feel healthy. Much of it's also how you feel about yourself.
Once you stop drinking, you will notice your health slowly becoming better. It might take a few weeks before you can feel the tangible difference. No matter when it happens, it will happen for sure.
Alcohol has several negative effects on your body. It promotes diabetes, heart disease, liver and kidney disease, and a lot more. As you quit drinking, your body starts healing itself. It is the first thing that will inevitably happen when you get sober.
2. You will have more energy
If you have had a night of heavy drinking, you expect your energy levels to slump the next day. But it doesn't really end in a day. For frequent drinkers, tiredness and fatigue is a part of life. They have forgotten what it feels to be truly awake and energized.
When you quit drinking, a bolt of energy would hit you after a while. It may not seem significant at first, but as time goes by, you will see noticeable changes in your energy levels. It's among the best things that happen when you get sober.
3. You will think clearly
To say that alcohol clouds judgment would be an understatement. We tend to make the worst decision of our lives when drunk, which goes on to show its effect on the brain.
When you quit drinking, it takes a couple of weeks to get deal with the withdrawal. But it's amidst your withdrawals that you will realize that your thought is clearer than ever. You'll see that you can think clearly, intently, and cohesively. The feeling of having regained control of your mind is one of the best feelings of sobriety.
4. You will be more inspired
During the withdrawal phase, you would hardly be inspired or motivated to do anything, and that's okay. Once you are past the withdrawal stage, you will notice a new sense of motivation in doing your work and taking care of yourself and the people around you.
When we get trapped in an alcohol cycle, the substance alone is the reason we wake up in the morning. In reality, it's a hollow meaning that we give ourselves. But you realize the true motivations behind doing what you are doing only when you are sober.
5. You will have more time
A drunk person spends a surprising amount of time every day doing mindless activities. An alcoholic spends a surprising amount of time simply drinking alcohol. Anyone who has been drunk knows how time can fly during and after drinking.
When you quit alcohol, you will realize that there's a lot of time in your day to do meaningful things. You will have more time to exercise, spend with family, read, learn a new skill, and so on. Time is one of the most valuable aspects of life, and sobriety gives you full control of your time.
6. You will come closer to your family
When we spend all our time drinking and when every social event means getting drunk, having deep interactions is difficult. Even if you are in touch with your family or live with them, you would not spend quality time with them if you have a drinking addiction.
As a result of clear thought and more time, you will naturally gravitate towards the people closest to you. Being close to your kin is very important for a happy life, and an alcohol-free life brings you closer to it.
7. You will rediscover friendships
While we make a lot of friends when we are drunk, they are generally not the ones who stick. You know who your true friends are and whom you can rely on. But when you are chasing your next alcohol rush, it's easy to leave the closest friends behind.
Once you are sober and have a clear mind, you will realize the worth of the friendships that do not need a substance to sustain. You'll find yourself reaching out to friends you had lost touch with or simply want to hang out with. You may even convince some of them to kick their addictions as well.
8. You will find new hobbies
The word hobby has an old-world charm to it because we often grow out of hobbies as we grow older. That's particularly true for people who get into addictions. The leisure time that they used to devote to their hobbies now goes to their addiction, like drinking.
When you are sober, you have both the time and the will to focus on your passion -- the things you love unconditionally. It's a gift of sobriety that is often undermined, but it does present itself in different ways.
9. You will have more money
You do not have to be a math wizard to calculate how much you are spending on alcohol. If you are a heavy drinker, you are spending a huge amount of money on alcohol alone, minus all the bad decisions afterward that lead to more expenses.
Quitting alcohol does have a financial incentive. However, it's difficult to quit if money is your only motivation. While you should not start with the goal of saving x amount of money by not drinking, being sober would definitely save you that amount.
These are not the only things that happen when you get sober. As we already said, the journey looks different for everyone. Only one thing is assured, you will live a much better life when you are sober.