3 Reasons Why I’m Still Sober

@vinaysomanna

Getting sober was tough, but staying sober is fairly easy. The only reason it’s “easy” is because I never forgot where I came from.

Drug addiction is a fatal disease and has ruined millions of lives.

I am lucky, not because I was chosen or anything, but because I put in work to maintain a better lifestyle. No matter what happens in a day, if I stay sober, it is a good day. Every day that passes that I do not drink or get high is a miracle.

I couldn’t be happier with my life today. In the beginning of my sobriety journey, my life was painful. But I was told it gets better. And as a matter a fact – it did.

There are countless reasons as to why I stay sober. Here are three of my favorites.

1. It’s a better lifestyle

When I was getting high, the only interest I had was getting high. I lied, cheated, stole, manipulated, disobeyed and fought. Worst of all, I couldn’t be trusted. Now that I am sober, my life feels complete. I don’t lie, steal, cheat, manipulate or fight to try to feel fulfilled. I know I have a very fulfilled life.

Sobriety is much better way of life. I live every day to the fullest, and most importantly, I have a lot of fun. I thought getting high was the most uplifting feeling on the planet.

But as it turns out, helping someone in need is way more powerful than that temporary “high” feeling.

Since I quit drinking and using, I make the best of every day, and the sky is the limit.

2. People rely on me to be sober

When I was sucked into my addiction nobody could rely on me. But now, virtually everyone that knows me relies on me to be sober.

When I made amends to my parents they both looked me in the eyes and told me, “I will forgive you, as long as you stay sober.” I made that promise to them and hold onto it as closely as possible. My friends, family and even job, all rely on the fact that I will be sober when they call me or need me.

By people relying on me to stay sober, I am held accountable.

3. If I wasn’t sober, I would probably be dead

I value my life today. Every day is a new adventure, and I am grateful for the good and bad times.

When I was actively using drugs everyday, I didn’t care if lived or died.

I was a dead soul, spiritually bankrupt and an all around sick person when I was on drugs. This disease of addiction almost took my life countless times. If I didn’t decide to get and stay sober, there is a high chance I would be dead today. Nobody could sustain the lifestyle I was living.

In the beginning to me, sobriety seemed like a curse. Why me and poor me were constant thoughts that I had.

Today, I know it is blessing. I am a survivor from this disease and I am extremely lucky to be alive and healthy.

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