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Community to tell us how going sober has
improved their lives. Here’s what they had to say.

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1. It might
give you some added clarity and focus in your life.

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“My mind is clearer and I mean business. I wake up
ready to take pride in my appearance. I feel
healthier and I have more stamina in the gym — it’s
making weight loss easier. I’m more confident at
work and in relationships.”

—ldp1011

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2. And that
can make it easier to take care of your physical
health…

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“I lost over 60 pounds since I decided to take the
sobriety track. I made a choice to change and that
was the best choice I ever made.”

—allier46b499672

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3. As well as
your mental health…

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“I gave up alcohol unwillingly three years ago as
part of treatment for bipolar disorder. At first I
went along with it to show I was committed to my
treatment and to practice discipline. Sometimes I
miss the ‘party fog’ of being buzzed and the flavor
of a good drink, but sobriety forces me to practice
better mental health, and that’s my top priority
now.”

—emryss

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4. All of
which can make you happier.

All of which can make you happier.

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“After many years of heavy drinking, I decided I
was stopping this year. I can’t explain how much
happier I am. My anxiety — a big reason I drank —
is nearly non-existent. I’m not hungover at work or
on the weekends, I’m saving money, I started losing
weight from not drinking all those empty calories.
I’m just more positive.”

—mbuttercup7

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5. It might
allow you to face your recovery head on.

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“Not having to focus on surviving a hangover so
frequently has made me instead have to sit with my
feelings, which suck to be quite honest. But I am
starting to gain new insight into my addict
mindset. I have so much more energy to chase my
recovery. I still feel like a crazy person, but I’m
now more open to every avenue of recovery: I
started attending more meetings and seeing a
therapist. I’m even trying church, acupuncture,
Buddhist meditation, and yoga to get in touch with
my spirituality. It’s hard, but so far so good.”

—Patrickfc

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6. And it may
even help you process some trauma or anxiety that
you had previously been getting through with
alcohol.

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“As a survivor of rape, I had utilized going out to
bars and drinking as a coping mechanism. It became
a nice little Band-Aid that kept me from having to
face what happened. But after starting therapy, I
slowly started to give up drinking as often. I
switched out the bar for yoga and chose hot tea
over wine at night. I started to process and face
my trauma. I have become stronger in the process.
It’s hard and I’m not perfect but it has become a
great step in my healing process.”

—amandap46ef03977

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7. It opens
up time to pursue your passions…

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“I got sober 1.5 years ago after spending several
years using alcohol to cope with my anxiety and
depression. I naturally have social anxiety so of
course getting a little drunk made me a more
outgoing person. I chose to be sober once I found
my passion with powerlifting. I cared more about my
fitness goals than my insecurities and mental
illness.”

—lianar4ede8ff53

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8. Or get
reacquainted with your hobbies.

Or get reacquainted with your hobbies.

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“I’ve been sober for a little over nine months.
Recently, I’ve been rediscovering hobbies I had
that I had forgotten about. I forgot that I loved
going to the beach and that I loved volunteering
and helping people.”

—katiem469843fc2

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9. Getting
sober might help you stay focused in school…

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“I just celebrated my 12th year sober and you want
to know where I was? In a college classroom with
three months left until I have my degree to be a
drug and alcohol counselor.”

—Crsger7

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10. Or in
your career…

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“I became a massage practitioner. Since then, I’ve
just lost interest in drinking. Never really had a
rock bottom moment; I just realized that I love my
new job and I want to keep doing it for a long time
and drinking the way I used to would screw all that
up for me. I need to be present for my clients, I
need to stay healthy for them.”

—alaynam45f12584f

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11. Or even
help you figure out exactly where you’ll truly
thrive in this crazy, confusing life.

Or even help you figure out exactly where you'll truly thrive in this crazy, confusing life.

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“I got sober 14 months ago. Right now I’m waiting
on my graduate school application for a social work
program. I’ve realized that the easiest way for me
to keep sober is to give myself to others. I’ll be
giving up a good six-figure salary to make this
change, but I’m so excited for what it’ll bring,
and what the next few years of my life will be
like.”

—nickf49abd2fb5

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12. For some,
it means you won’t have to keep your drinking a
secret anymore.

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“I celebrated 10 years sober last October, and I’m
absolutely certain that if I hadn’t done so, I
wouldn’t have made it to the legal drinking age. I
got sober because my friends asked me to. I no
longer spent my days worrying about how I was going
to get the next bottle of vodka, or sneaking it
into school in water bottles, or ditching school
because I was too shit-faced to drive to school, or
stressed out that an adult would notice, or catch
me, and consequences would ensue.”

—brennako

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14. Giving up
alcohol may improve your sleep quality.

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“Instead of getting blackout drunk and crying all
night, I sleep better and wake up energized.”

—Ecdaly87

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15. And it
makes remembering things a whole lot easier.

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“I’ve been sober for five years now, and amazing
things have happened. I would say the main thing
would be that I can actually remember my days. I
remember the people I met, things I did, what I ate
last week — things normal people don’t forget right
away.”

—courtmew4

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16. Plus,
you’ll never have to worry about how you’re getting
home.

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“Now I don’t ever have to worry about if I can’t
drive because I’ve had too much to drink, or if I’m
going to have to call one of the three cabs in my
town.”

—rachelg29

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17. It might
give you a stronger appreciation for your family…

It might give you a stronger appreciation for your family...

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“I started ‘temporarily’ going sober when I was
pregnant with my daughter. But when I held her for
the first time after a very long, difficult labor,
I knew that she deserved far better than having an
alcoholic for a mom. Since going sober nine years
ago, I am the best mom I can be to a smart, witty,
loving 8-year-old girl. When I drank, I tried to
jump out ten-story windows because I thought I
could fly. Now, I am truly soaring.”

—courtneyfrenchthwarterd

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18. And your
true friends, who will respect that you don’t need
a drink to still have a good time with them.

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“Now that I don’t drink I can see other people’s
character way more clearly. It helps keep the drama
low in my life. I don’t hang around with unhealthy
or dangerous people anymore, in part because it’s
way easier to see everyone’s intentions and true
personalities.”

—Azure Adams, Facebook

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If you’re struggling with alcohol, call
1-800-662-HELP.

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s 24-hour
National Treatment Referral Hotline will be able to
direct you to treatment services in your area.

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