Some Experience, Strength, and Hope
“They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.” As a part of what are colloquially known as “the Promises,” anyone who has been to an AA meeting has heard this passage from the Big Book. When you’re still in your active addiction to alcohol, though, it can be pretty hard to imagine anything good happening to you. Alcohol is a poisonous depressant that paints the world around you and your visions of the future in oppressive shades of grey. I’m here to tell you, though, and from personal experience, that positive things can happen as soon as you quit drinking. Here are some of my experiences, strengths, and hopes.
Your Wallet Will Thank You
Plugging a drain on your expenses is probably the most immediate benefit when you quit drinking. Even a casual drinker can save a couple hundred bucks a month if he quits going out to bars and stops stocking his wine cellar. However, two or three hundred dollars a month is a base level for a problem drinker or an alcoholic. Too drunk or hungover to go into work? It might not be money spent, but it’s certainly money lost. How about one bad decision followed by bad luck? In Orange County, a DUI will cost a minimum of about $2000 in fines alone. That’s not factoring in any fees, bail, alcohol school, or the cost of an Uber while your license is suspended. And if you have enough of a problem to incur health costs, that figure can be astronomical. Which brings us to our next section.
Getting Your Sundays Back
Increased overall health is probably the second thing you’ll notice when you quit drinking. I often think of what a close friend of mine told me when he quit drinking. He’s a normie who only had a couple of cocktails on a Saturday night, so I asked him why he quit. He responded, “Because I wanted my Sundays back.” For those of us who have struggled with alcohol abuse, it’s easy to forget how insidiously alcohol started to affect our health. Just a hint of a headache here, some sluggishness there, maybe some difficulty focusing. I barely noticed that stuff, at least compared to the health horrors that followed, but my friend had had enough and he couldn’t be happier. A smart move on his part, considering alcohol can also lead to cirrhosis, cardiovascular disease, depression, nerve damage…the list goes on.
Love Yourself Again
This is the one that has had the most lasting impact, but it took quite a while to notice. In fact, I didn’t even notice it at all at first. It was my family and friends who started to notice the changes in me long before I did. They started pointing out how I “just carried myself differently.” I started looking people in the eyes when I talked to them. Suddenly, I was at ease in social situations that previously would have demanded at least a couple of drinks if I wanted to get through them. I felt like I was ten years younger and six inches taller, and it was all due to a change in the way I saw and felt about myself. Alcohol abuse destroys a person’s self-esteem and self-respect and severing that unhealthy relationship with booze was absolutely liberating.
Make a Change
Quitting alcohol was without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. However, it is just as doubtlessly the most rewarding. Looking better, feeling better, having extra time and extra cash…these things are just the tip of the iceberg when you cut alcohol out of your life. I wasn’t able to do it on my own, though. Therapists, my sober support network, and sympathetic friends and family were all there to help when I was ready to put in the work. If you are struggling with alcohol abuse and are ready to make a change in your life, consider a residential treatment center like Ocean Recovery. Our family is ready to help you end the cycle of alcoholism.