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It is incredibly difficult to quit using drugs and alcohol, however, this decision has significant benefits. Of course, abstaining from drug and alcohol use doesn’t mean all your problems will disappear, but it does mean you will regain control over your life. Living a drug-free life means improved relationships, increased productivity, and more. Here are 5 reasons to live a drug-free life.

  1. Free from physical dependence

It is well known that drugs and alcohol can take a serious toll on your body and overall health. In particular, substance abuse causes physical addiction in the brain and disrupts the brain’s neurotransmitters. Drug and alcohol addiction wreaks havoc on our brain and body as a whole, leading to severe diseases and, in some cases, death. 

By quitting drug and alcohol use, you are protecting yourself from developing serious health problems. Overcoming physical dependence also allows you to regain control over your life and no longer let your life be determined by drugs and alcohol.

  1. More energy

Oftentimes drug and alcohol use consumes your energy and your life. After you have detoxed and are in recovery, you will be spending less energy on worrying about when you can use next and the consequences of your use, and focus that energy on improving your life and adopting a new perspective. 

  1. Clearer conscience and better relationships 

Many addicts feel very guilty about how they act when they are using. This is the case because when using, addicts will do anything to get high, such as stealing money from family, friends, and employers as well as cheating on their spouse. Considering how heavy this guilt may weigh on an addict, it may seem easier to remain high than to face the consequences of their actions. 

Deciding to quit drugs and alcohol presents the opportunity to clear your conscience and make amends with those you have wronged. Although it may seem easier to be high and avoid confrontation of any sort, facing the consequences of your actions head-on will allow for you to move forward in your life positively. When you focus on making amends as opposed to avoiding the problem, you can begin to repair relationships you may have ruined while using. When you have a clear conscious you can wake up every day much more positive and ready to face the day.

  1. Better job opportunities

It is incredibly difficult to maintain employment while using. By eliminating drugs and alcohol from your life, you will improve your reliability, concentration, and clarity. This will help you excel in your workplace environment and allow you to pursue whatever career path you are interested in.

  1. Financial freedom

It is almost impossible to remain financially stable when you are spending the majority of your time and money on drugs. Not only is a large sum of your money most likely going towards drugs and alcohol, but it is very unlikely you will remain employed while using. By quitting drugs and alcohol, you can begin to achieve financial freedom.

Living a drug-free life offers you the opportunity to begin to save money that will enable you to live a better life. If you save your money and invest it wisely instead of spending it on drugs, you will begin to see the financial benefits of sobriety. By not using drugs and alcohol, you are also much more likely to remain employed and, therefore, gain financial freedom. 

Starting Your Drug-Free Life with Design for Recovery

Design for Recovery is a men’s sober living in Los Angeles. While living in Design for Recovery’s structured, safe environment, you can begin to reap the rewards sober life has to offer. Residents work hard daily to develop new skills, values, and coping mechanisms for approaching life in early recovery. At Design for Recovery, you will start to see the many reasons why you should live drug-free, such as developing close residents friendships with their peers and becoming connected with the Los Angeles recovery community. At Design for Recovery, we believe that addiction recovery involves more than just physically abstaining from substances — it involves building a new way of life. Allow Design for Recovery to help you experience the benefits of living a drug-free life.

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Edited by: David Beasley

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David Beasley is a certified RADT (Registered Alcohol/Drug Technician). David, moved to California from North Carolina after many failed attempts to get sober.

Medically Reviewed by: Charley Allen

Charley earned his Masters of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).He teaches mindfulness to both adults and children in group setting such as schools, corporate workplaces, and medical treatment facilities.

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