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.