The goal for those who consume quite a bit of alcohol is sobriety. Once you reach that goal, you feel victorious. However, life certainly doesn’t come to a finish after giving up alcohol. Alcoholism can pull you back in at any time. Most of your focus has been on walking away from a life of booze, and that’s as it should be.
However, there are five things nobody tells you about quitting alcohol. Keep reading to get our breakdown and what to watch out for, even while sober!
Alcoholism – Five Things Nobody Tells You About Quitting Alcohol
1. It’s not really news that you are sober
For those in recovery themselves, being sober and hearing of other sobriety is big news! But an unfortunate reality is that very few ‘normal’ people care that much. Your spouse, parents, close friends, and family may be supportive, but it is difficult to get others to notice your new sobriety on a day-to-day basis. People can see you, but don’t acknowledge your new lifestyle or really understand the work and dedication that it takes.
2. You are not the old you
There may be people you don’t see too often, like extended family, long-distance childhood friends, etc. Those are usually the ones who will be quick to notice your new improved appearance. Drinking can change how you appear in public; sobriety can restore you. However, for many of your local friends and colleagues, you are something different because they only know your old drinking persona.
3. Alcoholics tend to rate you
When you achieve sobriety, for alcoholics that is significant in many ways. They either think you look down on them because they are still off the wagon, or they think you are an expert in overcoming alcoholism. In all honesty, a mere drinking buddy can never be a true friend. When you don’t drink, it becomes difficult to connect with many an alcoholic.
4. Time can be a burden after giving up alcohol
The amount of time you used to spend drinking, thinking about the next drink, or suffering from a hangover, is now all yours. Unfortunately, it can be a heavy burden. You will find some activities are not quite enjoyable without a drink in hand, like watching a sporting event or playing online games. Fortunately, day by day, you can discover activities that can fill up your time that don’t require booze.
5. Sex, food, and music might be different for a while…
As for music, it is likely that your tastes will become more or less subdued. As for food, you will not only taste more of your food, but you will become hungry more. Alcohol can really spoil an appetite. As for sex, you will realize that it is better when you are not wasted. Now, you can pay more attention to your spouse or partner. Not only will be more intimate, but more frequent as well.
There is more to add to the list above. Is there one thing that nobody has told you about giving up alcohol? Please share, we would love to hear.
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Charles F. has been an active part of the Florida recovery community for over 5 years. He began as a behavioral health technician at an addiction treatment facility in Ocala, Florida and has since begun training as a Licensed Addiction and Chemical Dependency counselor in Boca Raton. Charles’ passion involves the promotion of recovery and helping spread the hope of recovery to as many readers as possible!