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5 Reasons to Get Clean and Sober

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5 Reasons to Get Clean and Sober

The hope of overcoming addiction is often fringed with fears about resuming drug abuse.  These concerns can derail the best laid recovery plan.  In fact, in most successful addiction stories, people can tell you what they enjoy about being sober, while those in addiction typically have problems coming up with reasons they should go to treatment or give up using drugs. An effective method in countering this problem is to identify specific benefits that will be derived as a result of overcoming drug addiction.  To do this necessitates asking the following important question… “Why do I want to get clean and sober”? While it may be obvious to everyone else why it is important to stop using drugs, answering this question bring the benefits up close and personal for the individual that is actually experiencing the addiction.  No matter how difficult it may be at first, linking personal reasons to your recovery goals has the potential to spark motivation and increase the desire for sobriety.  To get started, here are some important reasons to stop abusing drugs and alcohol.

Five Reasons to Get Clean and Sober

  1. Life.  Being clean and Sober is the new cool way to stay alive.  Drug induced depression that motivate suicide attempts, overdose deaths and vehicular accidents from driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol put people in addiction at high risk of an early death. According to a United Nations report, every year drug addiction kills at least 200,000 people worldwide with over 47,000 of those fatalities occurring in America alone. Many of these individuals are teens and young adults.  Staying alive is therefore one of the primary reasons people give for wanting to get clean and sober.
  2. Money.  It is a well-documented fact that addiction wreaks havoc on the financial well-being of the addict and their family.  Job loss and excessive spending to feed addiction is a major cause of homelessness and petty crimes that can lead to jail time.  Motivated by the need to stop the financial bleeding and stay out of jail is a reason some addicts give for heading to treatment. According to one recovering addict… “Gone are the days when I wake up wondering how in the world I spent $250 with absolutely nothing to show for it, but a headache and amnesia. Being sober and clean, she was able to channel her money into areas like travel and fun that she said she could actually remember paying for.
  3. Health. According to scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people who suffer from addiction often have one or more accompanying medical issues such as lung or cardiovascular disease and mental disorders. There are myriad other ways drug and alcohol destroy peoples physical and psychological health including vulnerability to incurable diseases such as HIV/Aids, Hepatitis C, renal failure, and cancers to name a few.  In addition, drugs like Methamphetamine systematically ages and distorts physical appearance.  Next to staying alive, halting the progression of disease, for most people, is the primary reason they choose get and stay clean.
  4. Respect.  The stigma of addiction can still cause some people to feel like outcast of society. However, with so much public information available today about the cause and impact of addiction, there is a new level of respect and understanding for people that are able to get and stay clean.
  5. Relationships.  It’s a given that sober people are easier to communicate with and communication is understood to be the foundation of good relationships.  Being clean and sober therefore enable people to develop strong relationships as well as help them to rebuild those destroyed during the addiction phase of their lives.  With mental clarity, improved self-esteem and better health, the most important relationship that sobriety help to mend or create is the one the addict can now have with themselves.

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