first month without alcohol

What Happens When You Stop Drinking Alcohol for a Month?

Deciding to stop drinking is a significant decision, and making it through a whole month of sobriety is a milestone worth celebrating. Still, you may feel daunted by the idea of a life without alcohol if you have relied on drinking as your primary coping mechanism. This uncertainty can lead to anxiety that may prevent you from asking for help. Instead of letting fear hold you back, learn more about what to expect in your first month without alcohol.  

Overcoming Withdrawal

Medically managed detox is the first step in getting sober because it will free your brain and body of all traces of alcohol. Many people try to detoxify at home, only to encounter unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like these:

  • Anger, anxiety, and irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hallucinations and tremors
  • Seizures
  • Sweating and shivering
  • Body pain and cramps
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Changes in appetite

Because these symptoms can be severe, medical supervision is essential for keeping you safe, comfortable, and stable. Experienced professionals will monitor your vital signs and administer medications as necessary to help you overcome withdrawal and ensure you are healthy enough to move into the next phase of your residential treatment program.  

Controlling Complex Emotions

Emotional wellness is a significant component of early recovery, especially in the first month without alcohol. After years of numbing your feelings with drinking, you may be surprised by all the unexpected emotions that bubble up. You may experience grief, irritability, anxiety, and pride – sometimes all within the same day. Working with a therapist will help you understand and process your feelings, putting you back on a more even keel.

Improving Health and Wellness

In addition to changes in your mental well-being, many people notice physical changes in their first month without alcohol. By eliminating all the empty calories found in alcoholic beverages, eating a more balanced diet, and focusing on fitness, you may lose weight, decrease your blood pressure, and boost your immune system. When you stop drinking, you allow your brain and body to heal and start reversing some of the damage alcohol caused. Overall, you can expect to feel healthier and happier after being sober for one month.

Dealing With Insomnia

Disrupted sleep patterns are one of the many health problems arising from long-term substance abuse. Trouble sleeping and waking up feeling groggy and unfocused are prevalent withdrawal symptoms reported by people who have recently quit drinking. While you can gradually learn to establish healthy sleep patterns and restore a consistent sleep-wake cycle as part of the recovery process, insomnia and nightmares can make your first month without alcohol more challenging.

Managing Cravings and Triggers

Being sober for a month is something to celebrate because it means you have avoided giving in to cravings for alcohol, which can be overwhelming for some people. Changing your environment and removing yourself from temptation can help eliminate these hurdles.

Spend Your First Month Without Alcohol at The Last Resort Recovery

Though the first month of sobriety can be challenging, the road to recovery takes time and patience. When you quit drinking, you’ll improve your overall well-being and quality of life.

The Last Resort is a Texas men’s-only rehab with residential stays ranging from 40 to 90 days, ensuring you receive the level of support you need. Our programming helps men overcome addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders such as trauma, allowing you to change your life for the better. After you complete your continuum of care at The Last Resort, you will improve your relationships, become a more present person, and have extra time to spend with loved ones. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.