Adjusting to a sober lifestyle can be a challenge after detoxing and completing a treatment program.  The real work begins when you are back in your usual environment and forced to make dramatic changes that will support your sobriety.  For many people, one of the scariest aspects of sobriety is giving up the routines and activities in their lives that they believe provided them with fun and excitement.  Sobriety has a bad reputation for being synonymous with a dull, boring life that lacks adventure and unpredictability. In reality, being sober will open doors to new opportunities you never had while in active addiction, and with the right mindset, you can make your sober years the most exciting of your lifetime.

While those of us who have struggled with addiction can certainly point to several occasions during which drug or alcohol use led to embarrassing behavior and painful consequences, many of us still harbor romanticized memories of our addiction that can make us believe that substance abuse brought us excitement and joy.  The truth is that our memory of those feelings is usually associated with the rush we felt when we knew we were about to get our hands on our substance of choice. The strong cravings that result from addiction are uncomfortable and even painful, and our brain responds with endorphins as soon as we know we are about to satisfy those cravings.  What follows as we become drunk or high is usually far less pleasant and full of risks and repercussions. 

Being sober means that every exciting experience will not only be genuine, but will also be committed to memory rather than washed away by mind-erasing substances.  You can use the opportunity of sobriety to start checking items off your bucket list and doing all the things you once couldn’t. Take up a sport, learn a new skill, take a class, meet new people, and discover your passions.  All these activities will be more rewarding than any high you ever experienced, and they serve to make you a better, more well-rounded person in the process. If fear of a dull life is holding you back from seeking help for your addiction, just know that a happier, more fulfilling life awaits you in sobriety.  You only need to change your perspective. 

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.