Sober is the New Drunk: The Modern Truth to Generating Real Happiness Without Poison

Kohdi Rayne
3 min readFeb 10, 2023


Let’s talk about the drink of champions and the quest for happiness.

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Alcohol, the liquid gold that promises to make you the life of the party, the center of attention and the happiest person in the room…

…kind of like the fitness gurus who promise you six-pack abs with their latest workout video.

We’ve all been there, having a rough day, week, year, and thinking to ourselves, “I could really use a drink”.

And why not, who doesn’t want to be happy, especially when life feels like it’s hitting us from every angle like a professional boxer.

But what happens when the only time we believe we’re happy is when we have a drink in hand?

That’s not happiness, that’s just a temporary escape from reality.

And let’s be real, who doesn’t want to escape reality sometimes?

It’s like being stuck in a never-ending traffic jam, and all you can think about is how you wish you were on a beach in the Bahamas.

But just like traffic, reality always catches up with you, and you’re left with a hangover and a reminder of why you wanted to escape in the first place.

Not to mention, you aren’t in traffic…you are traffic.

That’s where sobriety comes in.

It provides a healthy space to practice generating real happiness.

It’s like planting a seed, watering it and watching it grow into a beautiful garden.

The joy is in the process and the process is you.

And the best part?

No hangovers or regret.

You know what I mean?

It’s like finally having the keys to your own happiness and not having to rely on a substance to feel it.

But let’s be honest, giving up alcohol is easier said than done, it’s like trying to quit a toxic relationship.

It’s not just about stopping the substance, it’s about changing the way we think and changing our habits.

It’s not like flipping a switch and everything is magically better, it’s a journey and a process.

But the reward is worth it.

Imagine waking up every day feeling refreshed, clear-headed and ready to tackle the day, kind of like how you feel after a good night’s sleep.

Sobriety provides the opportunity to rediscover yourself, to find happiness within, and to build a life that is truly fulfilling, kind of like finally finding the missing piece to a puzzle.

It’s not about deprivation, it’s about abundance, it’s about creating a life filled with meaningful experiences and relationships.

And let’s be real, wouldn’t you rather have memories of meaningful experiences than memories of blurry nights and regret?

So, let’s raise a glass…of water, and celebrate sobriety and the journey towards real happiness.

Because think about it, why settle for an illusion of happiness when you can be the real thing?

Cheers to a life filled with joy, laughter, and fulfillment.

-Kohdi | Beyond Sober



Kohdi Rayne

I’m an ex-alcoholic and liver failure survivor actively helping the world recover from toxic habits and design a life they love to live.