There is an obvious implication that sobriety is good for your physical, and mental health, but there are other benefits of ditching your drugs and alcohol abuse that you may not realize right away.
1. The Amount of Money you Save is Obscene
If you thought skipping your traditional morning grande shaken iced-coffee with one and a half pumps of white mocha and 2% milk from Starbucks was saving you money, then you’ll love being sober. Drugs and alcohol are expensive – really expensive. For someone who participates in drugs or alcohol abuse, these costs are significantly higher. The pressure taken off of your wallet will astound you. All of your non-sober friends will be complaining about having to save up for the holidays so they’ll have enough funds to buy presents for their family, while you get to hold your smile back in the corner knowing you’ll even have enough to splurge on some gifts. To understand how much money you’ll be saving, just try to process that some substances, like cocaine cost more per pound than gold and platinum.
2. You can Eat, and Drink for Free (Sometimes)
Even though you’re sober, that doesn’t mean your friends have to be. You’ve become the designated – designated driver for your friend group. Have no fear though, while your friends are trying to get the attention of the bartender to take their money for a small glass of alcohol, you can stroll over to the bar and grab yourself some free non-alcoholic drinks, and maybe even some free food. Many bars now participate in the Designated Driver program, where a group’s designated driver gets food and non-alcoholic beverages covered by the bar. If you walk up to the bar, ask the bartender if they the bar participates, and if they do, remember just because it’s free doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tip them.
3. You Can Work Anywhere
Many companies now test for drugs and alcohol abuse for new employees as a final screening method before finishing the hiring process. If you are living the sober life, you’ll have nothing to worry about. No need to be stressing about random drug tests like you’re a high school student worried about pop quizzes in physics. Living life in alcohol or drug addiction recovery opens so many more doors to you while closing none. Along with that, you’ll never have to go to work with a hangover.
These 3 benefits of a sober life just scratch the surface of a long list of positive changes in your life that come from living sober. If you have any benefits that you have personally found, comment below and let us know!
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