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What Does Being Sober Really Mean?

being soberBeing sober takes hard work, especially after you’ve been in an active addiction to drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time. Addiction is a mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual disease that can leave you feeling hopeless and stuck. Living in sobriety can allow you to experience a newfound freedom, but what exactly does it mean to live a clean and sober lifestyle anyway?

Meaning of Being Sober

The definition of being sober is to not be intoxicated and/or under the influence of drugs. To individuals who are in recovery from addiction, being sober can mean far more than this. Being sober means that you are abstinent from mind-altering substances but also living according to certain principles. Twelve Step Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous encourage principles like honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness to be practiced. It is through the process of working the 12 Steps and living with these types of principles in mind that recovering alcoholics and addicts are able to live a clean and sober lifestyle.

Living an Honest Life in Sobriety

The concept of being sober and living an honest lifestyle can refer to doing the “next” right thing, reaching out to the newcomer, being truthful with your sponsor, and working an “honest” program. More specifically, this means that people in 12 Step Programs work hard to abide by morals, like getting truthful about something that occurred and making amends whenever or wherever necessary. Being able to do this ultimately helps individuals in these programs not just get sober but stay sober long-term.

You Can Recover

If you are struggling to gain a day of sobriety or unable to get honest about your addiction to alcohol or drugs, then the time to reach out is now. Alcoholics and addicts recover from addiction every day, and you can too. Recovering from addiction and being sober doesn’t mean that you have to be “perfect” because there is no such thing. It just means that you have to take the steps necessary to get and hold onto sobriety so that you can be the person you were meant to be before the substances took over control. Taking the first step can be as simple as asking for help and seeking treatment to begin the process of recovery.

The Watershed Texas offers a number of comprehensive treatment programs to help address the underlying causes of drug addiction and alcoholism. Don’t wait to get the help you need because the time to truly start living is now. Call The Watershed Texas for help today at 1-800-861-1768.

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