Is Sober Living Possible

On 7 February, 2023, in CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS, by Cindy Pivacic

As someone living with HIV, cancer, and TB, and having had a heart attack, I discovered numerous benefits from leading a sober lifestyle. Some of these benefits include:


  1. Improved health: By avoiding alcohol and other harmful substances, my body was able to better fight off infections and recover from my illnesses. My overall health has dramatically improved since I became sober.


  1. Better relationships: My relationships with family and friends have improved since I chose a sober lifestyle. I can have clearer and more meaningful conversations with those closest to me.


  1. Increased energy and focus: Abstinence has given me more energy and focus. I can work harder, be more productive, and make the most of each day.


  1. Increased self-esteem: My self-esteem has improved as I have become more confident in my ability to make positive changes in my life. I can cope with stress and have found healthy and fulfilling ways to manage my emotions.


  1. Better sleep: My sleep has improved since I decided on abstinence. I can fall asleep more easily, sleep more deeply, and wake up feeling refreshed and energized.


  1. Financial stability: Living a substance-free life has allowed me to save money that I previously spent on these unhealthy habits. This extra money can be used to pay for medical expenses or be put towards other important life goals.


  1. Increased longevity: My new and upgraded lifestyle has also improved my chances of living a longer, healthier life. By avoiding harmful substances, I have reduced my risk of developing additional illnesses and complications.


PS: Either a Pro or Con, you decide. I am ALWAYS voted as the designated driver! ?


Initially, I stopped smoking years before any of my chronic challenges. I am in my twenty-first year of abstinence. I stopped consuming alcohol prior to my cancer diagnosis, mainly because the alcohol burnt my tongue, and once my chemotherapy ended, I never resumed the habit.

Keep in mind that certain pleasures in moderation are okay. I choose not to partake and would suggest that anyone who is a prolific substance user and wants to change to a life of abstinence talk to their health worker, who can assist in a programme to ‘wean’ you off detrimental substances.

In conclusion, my sober lifestyle has brought me many benefits, including improved health, better relationships, increased energy and focus, elevated self-esteem, better sleep, financial benefits and increased longevity. So, as to the question, “Is a sober life possible” the answer is a resounding YES!


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Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only.

It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure, and is not a substitute for professional consultation with a health professional.

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