Breaking the Myth of Time: The Importance of Energy & Focus in Sobriety
The process of becoming sober is a journey that requires more than just time; in addition to that, it requires dedication and effort on your part.
You are the only person who can assist you in finding your own truth and achieving sobriety that lasts for the long-term.
Rehabs and detox centers can help you feel physically better but rarely are you going to be a whole new person.
It’s not uncommon to experience a breakthrough within the first week or two of sobriety, and many people see their ongoing participation in treatment and sober living as a positive development in their recovery.
Although there is a small chance that some people will be successful in a controlled setting like rehab or sober living, the vast majority of those who attempt it will be unsuccessful.
This is because focusing on the symptoms is not focusing on the person.
Rather than focusing on fixing the problem, it is more important to concentrate on things that will propel you forward and give you momentum, such as strengthening your core values and refining your sense of identity.
Especially if you’ve already been through some type of treatement.
There is a widespread misunderstanding that spending more time will produce better results.
It’s not about how much time you spend doing something; rather, it’s about how much energy and enthusiasm you put into everything you do.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been sober for a week or a decade; what matters is whether or not you’re focusing on things that keep you stuck in place or things that make you feel like you’re progressing in life.
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been sober because sober is sober.
What matters is what you’re doing within that state of sobriety.
It is also important to note that a person can be considered clinically sober after only four days of abstinence from substance use.
According to this fact, just four days of total sobriety is equivalent to four years or even forty years of clean living.
Remember that alcohol is a poison as well as a carcinogen, which means that drinking it can cause cancer as well as rot your body from the inside out over time.
When we drink casually, we are constantly under the influence of alcohol, and we hardly ever stop to think about the effects that alcohol has on our bodies and minds throughout the the week.
Without a significant break from the substance there’s always going to be some level of influence in our mind and body.
This is why sobriety is more of a journey, rather than a destination.
Keep in mind, too, that there is scientific evidence linking drinking alcohol to impaired brain function.
Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol has been shown to cause damage and shrinkage to the brain, in addition to having negative effects on cognitive function, such as memory and learning.
This highlights how important it is to make and keep the commitment to abstain from alcohol and drugs to protect your brain’s health.
Sobriety is not only a mental state but also a way of life that requires continuous attention, effort, and encouragement.
It’s not about getting sober.
It’s about moving so far through your sobriety that you’re incapable of struggling with toxicity again.
-Kohdi | Beyond Sober | Sobriety Wiki