benefits of recovery vs discomfort of withdrawal
Change is Hard
Nothing good in life comes easy.
I am sure you have heard that one.
Sometimes you need to hear it again and again.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where instant gratification is always at our fingertips.
We can type a few things into our smartphones and order anything we want.
Food, socks, movies, anything you can imagine can be ordered and delivered to your doorstep.
When we are curious about something, we can simply look it up in a split second.
We can see what everyone we have ever had an encounter with is doing at any given moment through social media and according to the NIH we can become addicted to this.
It’s becoming more and more difficult to remember how to wait for something.
It’s becoming more and more difficult to give attention to something, even when we care about it.
There is more of an emphasis on getting what we want right now, rather than focusing on the process of doing something for the sake of doing it.
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For those who have put effort into something and seen it come into fruition, whether it be learning a new language, instrument, or deciding that you need to make a choice that will ultimately make your life better, doing something that will take time and be uncomfortable is worth it.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of casual drinking, which could easily lead to an abusive relationship with alcohol.
It’s everywhere you go.
Even if you don’t plan to partake in it after your night out socializing, it will make you feel better and it will be accessible everywhere you go to socialize.
Our society is set up to make drinking really easy.
There are places where you can go where you are actively encouraged to drink a lot.
It’s socially accepted.
If you get in a pattern of drinking, even at various stages of addiction, it’s easier to continue on sometimes than it is to stop entirely.
If you have created a group of friends through social drinking, those are your friends.
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To stop drinking you will lose your friends. To stop drinking you may suffer from having anxiety in social settings. Even further, you may struggle from forms of physical withdrawal like delirium tremens. Often the subtle symptoms of withdrawal, including social circles of friends, social anxiety, and dealing with a bad hangover are not thought of when you talk about withdrawal. According to Harvard Health, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include tremors, seizures, delirium tremens, and hallucinations.
We don’t talk as much about experiencing the withdrawal of going to a bar to meet some friends and the feeling of not ordering a drink when everyone else does. We don’t talk about the anxiety of sitting with that group of friends sober while they are all drinking and getting a buzz. We don’t talk about how when we quit drinking that false sense of confidence we used to have is gone. Now we have to learn to cultivate that on our own. It isn’t easy. The benefits of getting through these moments are worth the discomfort. A good rehab program will help you navigate all of the physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal and get you back on track. According to the NIH, most treatment programs will help you get back on track. Here are some of the things a good rehab program can help you cultivate.
Developing a real sense of confidence
It’s easy to talk about all the things you want to do while you are drinking. When you give up drinking it will be hard going out again. You will have to find a different way to socialize other than going to a bar. And even if you are in a place where you think going to a bar is ok, you will not be drinking. It will be easy to slip back into drinking to not have to face the feeling of not drinking. You will feel like an outlier.
But if you order that beer you will never know what it’s like to have real confidence. Real confidence is having faith you can handle a situation. Real confidence means that when you go out you realize that you have something to offer. Your presence is bringing something to the table whether you feel like that or not. When you choose not to drink in social situations you are choosing your authentic self rather than a façade. The thing is, you can choose whoever you want to be even when you are sober. You can choose to feel confident. You can choose to have a meaningful conversation that you will entirely remember while sitting and sipping on tea rather than a beer.
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Developing relationships that are not based on booze
Have you ever felt like you need a few drinks before you actually want to listen to the other person you are with? That’s probably a sign that they aren’t really your friend. It’s a sign that you probably do not have the same values as that person. Alcohol just blurs those lines and makes it seem like if you do have one commonality with someone it’s amplified.
Learning how to do something because you practice and take the time to do it
You will never know your true talent until you try something. Sometimes drinking does go hand in hand with things. Musicians might drink, actors might drink. You don’t have to though. You can be the person that practices and practices until you feel 100% confident with whatever it is you are trying to do.
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Not having hangovers ever again
I think this is reason enough to go through withdrawal towards recovery.
Imagine waking up with a fresh mind able to think and make decisions.
All I ever thought about when I was hungover was greasy food and sleep.
Without hangovers my productivity increased, I lost weight because I wasn’t eating greasy food all of the time on weekends, I started a bunch of new projects.
I had a lot more time.
I wasn’t wasting my whole weekend drinking and then being hungover.
I started playing music again, writing, spending time with friends and family who were important to me rather than drinking friends who didn’t have my best interest in mind.
Rehab can help you accomplish all of this and help you make the choice to never experience negative side effects due to addiction again.