Coaching Your Teen to Avoid Peer Pressure

26 JUNE 2020

6 Great Reasons to Stay Clean and Sober

Essential Tips to Help You Stay Clean and Sober

Everyone who is recovering from alcohol or drug abuse has those moments -- sometimes once a day, sometimes once every hour, sometimes not for months or years – where staying clean and sober seems like an impossible task. Maybe you pass by one of your old nighttime haunts on your morning commute to work, or maybe it’s something more surprising and out of the blue, like bumping into someone you used to party with years ago while you’re in line at the grocery store. Whatever it is, when these moments of temptation come up, it’s important to have at least one rock-solid reason to stay clean and sober. Here are six of them for the next time you’re having a moment.

1. Coming down sucks

Remember those really painful hangovers, the ones that made you feel like your head was splitting open? Those really suck. So does waking up after a night of doing ecstasy, when all you want to do is lie in bed, after all the dopamine has been sucked out of your body. If you stay clean and sober, you don’t have to come down at all.

2. You’re so much better clean and sober

Don’t let the little voice in your head convince you you’re more fun when you’re high or drunk. You’re super cool and interesting and have so much more to offer the world when you’re clean and sober. Also, people can understand you better when you’re speaking without drugs addling your brain.

3. The high isn’t as fun as you remember it being

While your brain might be trying to convince you that being high was super fun, it’s actually a proven fact that our memories are usually manipulated or in some cases completely fabricated. So while your brain is telling you to take that pill because you had a really great time the last time you used it, there’s a good chance that it’s completely made up a memory you didn’t have, or just as likely covering up a negative experience you had with a drug. Don’t be fooled – staying clean and sober is better than any high.

4. You have come so far already

How many days, weeks, months have you put into a regime of staying clean and sober? Do you really want to go back to square one again? That totally sucks! You’ve come so far – don’t throw it away now.

5. How will this help you achieve your goals?

While it might be hard to see right now, eventually you will finally be clean and sober. It’s merely a matter of time. The longer you take to get out of this terrible place you find yourself in though, the longer you have to wait before you achieve the goals you have in life, like getting a degree or pursuing a career you’ve always wanted

6. How will your loved ones feel?

Think of the people in this world that love and care about you the most: your parents, siblings, caring aunts and uncles. About your friends, classmates, colleagues. There are so many people who are supporting you and rooting for you to conquer your demons and stay clean and sober. Imagine their disappointment when they find out that you’ve relapsed.

Even more importantly, remember this: How will you feel with yourself?


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