When sober curiousity turns into a lifestyle change

Often people who use substances are living in an unhealthy, and/or notoriously dangerous environment. As well as other mental health disorders can often qualify for scholarships and grants for only their co-occurring disorder(s) separately, not just their addiction disorder. When you don’t put anything unhealthy into your body, you won’t be so vulnerable to colds and stomach bugs. It can be hard, especially in early sobriety, to get the courage to try new things.

Additionally, alcohol affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can hinder progress in therapy or relapse prevention strategies. Ultimately, abstaining from alcohol allows recovering alcoholics to heal and grow in a healthy and sustainable way. When an alcoholic drinks alcohol, it often creates an overwhelming obsession to drink more and if one can’t control that obsession, the decision to drink could be fatal; it’s the first drink that kills the true alcoholic. Ultimately, it is always safer for problem drinkers to completely abstain from alcohol in order to avoid the risk of relapse. However, living sober is not always easy and may require support from loved ones or a community of like-minded individuals. It takes dedication and commitment to maintain sobriety, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges.

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I wanted to blend in nicely with a crowd who understood that sometimes you just want to drink your face off, or one that didn’t think anything was weird about a glass of noon wine. If you’re like most drinkers, you’ve likely surrounded yourself at some point with a group of people who also drink. I’d argue that many of us gravitated sober house to a group of friends who have drinking habits that align with our own, and we did this because we didn’t want sober friends. It really depends on the individual and their level of addiction. A heavy drinker may be able to occasionally have a drink without relapsing. Can you honestly control and enjoy your drinking at the same time?

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If you can honestly answer “Yes,” you are likely not an alcoholic. If one finds they cannot control and enjoy their drinking at the same time, they are likely an alcoholic and they should remain abstinent and 100% alcohol free. When I was drinking I never had a savings account because I was living paycheck to paycheck.

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In fact, interest in going alcohol-free appears to be driven in large part by a desire to lead a healthy lifestyle. All in all, these sober-curious individuals are much more likely to value living a healthy lifestyle, and nearly one-third of the ‘very curious’ are passionate about it. Looking at the ‘who’ behind the sober-curious, the greatest interest in living a fully sober lifestyle is found among Gen Z adults (21-24), followed by young Millennials (25-34). Adults aged 55 and older are the least sober-curious, but also the most likely to say they already abstain from alcohol altogether. New habits take a long time to form, even longer to become durable, and even longer than that to become the new default state.

  • We really are all learning to live in the moment, and to see that very, very few of the things we worry about happening in the future actually end up happening.
  • You have to believe that there is something out there that can fuel your sober life in a meaningful way and actually care about finding it.

This does not include people who were casual users and it does not include people who are currently using substances. These protections are for people who have gone through a clinical rehabilitation program and no longer use substances. We at Sana Lake, are prepared to help you overcome your substance abuse disorder and any co-occurring disorder if you might have, and find a happy road to recovery.

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