The Disease is Talking
If you are an addict or an alcoholic, your life spent in addiction was likely unpredictable, unstable and out-of-control. That’s a lot of drama and excitement for one person, so when the drugs and alcohol are no longer contributing to the chaos, your brain may crave some action from time to time. This craving for excitement is directly tied to your addiction. Your disease would love for you to get a case of the f-it’s and go all in with a handle of vodka, a bag of blow, and a wad of cash just itching to be spent on whatever’s next.
Thoughts like these may give you twinges of longing for those drug and alcohol-fueled benders, but what happens afterward is what you need to think about. For us, the party ended long before we got sober, so fantasizing about it being a good time is unrealistic.
It Is Normal
If you start feeling like you’re bored in sobriety, boredom isn’t your problem, but your disease is. Life isn’t meant to be constantly exciting or dramatic, which is why moments of excitement are memorable. Feeling like you are bored at times is normal, but what you are really feeling is what it’s like to have freedom.
Being Sober is Freeing and Fun
When you’re sober, you have more options than you can count. You can go anywhere and do anything you want. You couldn’t do these things high. When you were using or drinking, your days consisted of figuring out where and how you were going to score, how on earth you were going to pay for it, and how you were going to get there. Then, you’d have to drive, Uber, walk, or catch a ride to meet your dealer or buy the booze, find a place to do it, use it all, start withdrawing, and do it all over again. This isn’t living, it’s mental prison.
Now that the world is at your fingertips, you have the opportunity to get to know yourself. Try new things that interest you; if you like photography, sign up for a class or a meet-up, and if you’ve never tried yoga, now is your chance. Whatever it is that sparks curiosity within, give it a try, you may just find yourself along the way.
If you are struggling with addiction, but you’re afraid of sobriety, rest assured, it is infinitely better than drinking or using. At the Lakehouse Recovery Center, our treatment approach will show you what life has to offer. It is anything but boring, and you can begin exploring your interests here. From yoga and kayaking, to boating and hiking, we enjoy life and we want to show you how you can enjoy it, too. You are not alone in this and you can recover. Give us a call, come experience the life you are missing. We are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707.