When we get sober, many of us believe that everything is going to change immediately. Some of us believe that drinking and drugging was the only thing that caused problems in our lives. Most of us find this just isn’t the case when we start addressing our addiction.
As an alcoholic/addict, there will be many positive changes almost immediately upon sobering up. Our bodies begin to heal and our minds start to clear. Some of the people who had shut us out of their lives begin to come around. It is important however, be steadfast in not setting unrealistic expectations about getting everything back immediately.
Getting sober does not get us off of the rollercoaster of life. There will be highs and lows in our new sober lives. We will have bad days and good days, bad weeks and good weeks, bad months and good months, and even bad years and good years. During the hard times, it is always good to remember where we started and reflect on how far we have come. Bad days sober look very different than bad days in our addiction.
Sobriety gives us a new set of tools we can pick up and use as we go through life. We find a strength in ourselves that we thought we never possessed or was lost long ago during our addiction. Addicts and alcoholics are not weak people; we are fighters and we are survivors. When life throws hard times at us, we must stand up and face them, telling ourselves, “If I can get sober, I can handle anything.”