The end of the year is a time for reflection on the year coming to an end, as well as a chance to plan to improve yourself in the new year. It’s a natural time for self-reflection and self-criticism, planning to address the things in your life that make you unhappy. For many, addiction is one of those things that make every aspect of their life more difficult and frustrating. Naturally, that makes the new year a perfect time to get sober. If you’re not convinced that now is the time to take the first step towards a sober 2017, here are seven reasons to make the new year the start of a new, sober life.
Because you want to regain control over your life. Life is usually chaotic for those who abuse drugs and alcohol. Since every day presents the potential for use, every day has the potential to break plans and shirk responsibilities. Getting sober now can allow you to remove yourself from that destructive cycle and start a calmer, more controlled life in the new year.
Because it’s time to mend fences with those you love. When you’re using, you are often blind to the effects your habits have on your friends, family and co-workers. Working to get clean now will allow the state of those relationships to become clear, giving you the opportunity to mend fences and rekindle friendships. It’s also an opportunity to cut loose those people who pull you towards your drug habits, bringing you less temptation and a better chance of maintaining sobriety throughout the year.
Because you want to live to see 2018 and beyond. For most addicts, personal health is far down the totem pole of their concerns, and years of use do much more to harm one than an addict may want to acknowledge. The sooner you get sober, the quicker you’ll return to health, adding years to your life and bringing a vibrance, clarity and vitality to your life that drugs simply cannot create. Once you’re feeling healthy, that strength can be a source of motivation to remain sober, knowing that you’ll have to re-do all that work to get healthy again should you choose to use.
Because you’ve waited long enough to start. They say that tomorrow, you’ll wish you had started today. Every day you wait to take the first step towards sobriety is one more day of damage to your body, one more day of building strain on your relationships, one more chance that you’ll do something you regret for the rest of your life. The only way to stop making things worse is to take the first step right now.
Because it’s a natural time of year to resolve to get better. Many people make resolutions for the new year to improve their health and cut out bad habits. If you’re worried about being singled out for getting sober, this is the best time of year to make your move – with many others making the same choices, you’ll be one of many making changes to improve your life. This means less people will hassle you about your sobriety, and you may even find a stronger support community with the swell of self-improvers in the new year.
Because you want to have a great 2017 – and remember it, too. Getting sober now will give you a clarity of mind for the remainder of the year that will allow you to build a new life that makes you happy. You’ll have the entirety of 2017 to build new habits, indulge new hobbies, and meet new people – and you’ll be able to do it with a clear, uninhibited mind. You have the opportunity to make memories, to keep plans, to be the person you want to be – and you have the entire year to focus on that.
Because you’re tired of struggling. Chances are you’ve been an addict for quite some time. You know all too well about the hardships that your habits bring – from financial difficulties to broken relationships to legal trouble. It’s not to say that by getting sober, all of your problems will go away – there is still much work to be done to rebuild your life. But by starting now, know that each day in 2017 will be easier than the last, and by this time next year, you’ll have spent a year building yourself a better, more manageable life. Doesn’t that sound like something you want to celebrate in 2018?
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