- You don’t have to drink to have fun
It may some time to learn how to have fun again. This is for two reasons. First, your dopamine levels are slowly coming back to normal. Alcohol releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which is what tells your brain that alcohol is fun. Drinking too much alcohol releases too much dopamine, resulting in an reward system out of balance. As your dopamine balances out, you adjust to normal fun again. Soon, you’re having more fun than you realized possible without alcohol. Second, you might not remember how to have fun without alcohol. Recovery is a learning process. You’re recovering and uncovering what you love to do for you.
- Alcohol isn’t that cool
Turns out, being drunk and drinking all the time isn’t that cool. You might feel uncomfortable about recovery at first. The other benefits of recovery are way cooler than drinking. You’re saving money, thinking more clearly, feeling better, and practicing spirituality.
- Alcohol doesn’t taste that good
After some time in recovery you might enter a place serving large amounts of alcohol. The smell used to entice you like an intoxicating potion in the air. Now, you find that it stings your nostrils and makes you feel a little queasy. People put a lot of time, energy, effort, and money into developing connoisseurship for alcohol. Practicing mindfulness, you’re learning that things taste really good on their own, without an alcohol pairing. Your taste buds are more alive and food is going to blow your mind.
- You make better decisions
Alcohol makes the brain foggy. Specifically, the frontal lobe and other major decision making areas of the brain are impaired by alcohol. Cognitive function, motor function and intuition all under perform under the influence of alcohol. No more waking up and wondering “why”. You’ve got a new “why” for not drinking anymore.
- You have a healthier body
Heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, cancer, and more are illnesses aggravated by alcohol. Lethargy, dehydration, and excessive sugar consumption also come with drinking. Recovery helps you clear the alcohol-derived toxins from your body.
- You (mostly) don’t have hangovers
When you quit drinking you leave those heavy hangovers behind. More sensitive to other experiences, you might have different hangovers. People in recovery report having hangovers from caffeine, staying up late, and even emotional hangovers. The good news: they don’t involve vomiting or brushing the edges of death.
- You feel a full range of emotions
Alcohol is a depressant and can act as an analgesic. Many people drink to feel numb. Though experiencing all your emotions might be overwhelming at first, in time you will be grateful. The sun will shine brighter, your smile will be brighter, and your heart will be full.
- You can change your life
Without alcohol, anything is possible. Your life isn’t being controlled by an external substance any longer. The plans you made when drinking are more than bar stool fantasies. You have the ability to fulfill your dreams and live the life you were destined for.
- You don’t need a ‘social lubricant’
Turns out, you’re not so bad yourself- being yourself. Learning how to be social again might take time. Recovery is a confidence booster. You become more comfortable being you and people respond. You’ll start to wonder why you drank to fit in.
- Life without drinking isn’t so bad
The gifts keep lining up. Recovery takes work but you’re willing to walk along every inch of the path. You’re living a life beyond your expectations and you have recovery to thank for it.
Refuge Recovery hopes to inspire clients to live full, authentic lives by embracing the art of possibilities. We have seen what is possible through recovery and know it is possible for you. Call us today to find out about our programs of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction (323) 207-0276