11 Aug Being Sober Sucks
No matter what happened yesterday or even five minutes ago, you can choose to be patient with yourself, reassess, and pivot as needed. Instead of isolating and giving into feeling bad, reach out and connect with others who might be going through the same thing. Go to a 12-step meeting, find a sober group online, or call a sober friend who understands. If you or someone you know experiences mental health issues, it is important to seek help from a qualified professional. Our Resource Specialist can help you find expert mental health resources to recover in your community. Contact us now for more information on this free service to our users.
Why do people, who have been sober for years, behave inappropriately with alarming regularity? Recently, I was asked this question in group therapy (the exact words have been edited as they were not fit to print). The person who posed the question felt she had been misled.
Tips to combat the feeling that sober sucks!
The lyrics are honest and relatable, and they remind us that it’s okay to question the status quo and forge our own path. I have always been fascinated by the power of music to evoke emotions and capture moments in time. There are certain songs that hold a special place in our hearts, forever tied to a particular memory or experience. One song that has recently resonated with me is “Sucks Being Sober” by Annika Wells. Its catchy melody and relatable lyrics make it a favorite for many, but there is a deeper meaning behind the song that speaks to the struggles and desires of young adults.
65% of all those in recovery gain weight, and if you struggle with an alcohol problem, there’s a strong chance you may also be fighting anxiety, depression, mood swings or compulsive behavior. These unanticipated obstacles to wellbeing have the capacity to derail an otherwise smooth sailing recovery. I am very happy and grateful to be two years sober, but I wish I’d known then, what I know now. As with most problems, the solution is as difficult or as simple as we make it. Sometimes, consider how your behavior has affected others.
You’re more productive.
From being outside sweaty, running around and playing with bugs in the mud, to laughing at farts (I still do that) and wrestling with your friends. There is such a calm presence with children because they haven’t yet been mentally affected by themselves. They don’t worry about paying bills, providing for anyone, or how their stocks are doing. Staying sober requires a person to dive deeper and begin unraveling why they were using the substance, their triggers for relapse, and how to avoid falling into a pattern of use again. Developing a structured routine can help you stick to your sobriety goals, make healthy decisions, and reduce the likelihood of triggers and relapse. Create a structured daily routine, but plan for days you may experience sickness or chronic illness flare-ups that could require adjusting your routine.
- As someone who has experienced the ups and downs of young adulthood, “Sucks Being Sober” strikes a chord with me.
- In early sobriety, I thought I would never have fun again.
- It’s impossible to know how you’ll react and how your life will change when getting and staying sober.
- However, she also hints at the possibility of finding a balance between the two, where one can still have fun and pursue their dreams while moving forward in life.
When I was drinking, it never occurred to me that I was an introvert. I would have classified myself as someone who loved to be around people and go out with them at night. Thinking back to before I was sober, I usually had to drink to be around people. When I stopped drinking, not only did my recovery dictate that I needed lots of time to myself, lots of self-care, and lots of nights in, I discovered that I was, in fact, someone who relishes in alone time.
Getting sober sucks!
One of my college friends used to get drunk and aggressively challenge someone to start naming states so that he could name their respective capitals. He would scream the answers and taunt everyone in the room. To this day, we have no idea why he was so mad.
No one seriously challenged him, because no one seriously cared. Due to my condition I have on countless occasions been the only sober person in the entire, bar, house, street, boat, truck bed, being sober sucks swimming pool, etc. My unique position has afforded me a rare glimpse into the behavioral patterns of the plastered, plowed, tipsy, smashed, buzzed, blottoed, and otherwise inebriated.
Avoid Old Habits and Toxic Relationships
Drinking and drugging take up a lot of time and energy. You have to spend time acquiring your substance of choice, using it, and then recovering from its effects. You can use it to work on your hobbies, learn new skills, spend time with your loved ones, work out, or anything else you please.
- It’s easy to down a lot of empty calories with just a few drinks.
- If you are feeling exhausted, refresh with a quick walk outside or a coffee nap if you can.
- Sobriety is not an easy or quick fix to life’s problems.
- And these thoughts can quickly become something that we start to believe – and we act on these thoughts and decide that ‘yes being sober sucks’, and we end up getting hold of booze.
- Family and friends supportive of recovery can help by reinforcing new behaviors and providing positive incentives to continue with treatment.