Your life can drastically improve when you quit alcohol and drugs
Quitting a habit is more difficult than starting it. If you are trying to quit alcohol and/or drugs, the challenge still remains great. Something like drinking, which maybe begins innocently, with just a glass after work, after a stressful day, to remove boredom or avoid loneliness, may turn into a seemingly uncontrollable habit that you want to stop because of the negative effects it is having in your life. These negative effects may be debts, weight gain (usually from a pot belly), and tiredness, waking up with a hangover, bad eating habits, ill health and a whole lot more.
The following are the 5 ways your life will change when you quit alcohol and drugs:
New friends replace old ones
- As the adage states, birds of the same feather flocks together. The circle of friends you kept when you were drinking should change drastically or gradually, and you are encouraged to begin making new friends from joining new hobbies, or activities you are now engaging in since putting down the drink or drugs. Your old friends may not completely out of your life, but they will gradually realize that you are making a change for the better and will either respect what your new way of life or they will not.
- We all know health is wealth. Alcohol has been linked to diseases like liver cirrhosis which is a chronic disease of the liver caused by damage from toxins from alcohol, cancer of the mouth and colon, etc. When you quit alcohol, there is less risk of falling sick from these diseases. You look healthier internally and external appears also improving such as your skin looking and feeling hydrated because alcohol helps the body to lose water.
- When you drink or do drugs, you need time to come out from an intoxicated state of mind. When you quit drugs, in the long run you will definitely sleep better, which leads to improved mood and concentration. You will be more productive because you will be better at spending your energy and focus more wisely. If you are a student, preparing from your exams should no longer be as challenging as you can now dedicate your precious time to studying. If you are a businessman or woman, the way you handle your professional dealings can improve and people might be more likely to give you solid referrals.
- You will be able to save money! Imagine that?! The money you spend on drinks or giving to your dealer can be saved or be used to take care of yourself and your family. You will not be indebted to anybody financially.
And there is more, of course!!
Alcohol can decrease your appetite, but it can also increase your appetite for food so there is definitely to gain unhealthy weight. Another good reason if you quit alcohol, you could certainly begin to lose some of that “beer gut” and you are little things that bring change to your life follows. And when you quit heroin, as another instance, you will actually begin to gain weight and tackling malnutrition. You don’t get exhausted easily, you have more energy, you complain less of body aches and pain, you can move around easily, and your immune system improves which helps prevent and fights diseases.
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Feel free to read our previous blog about 5 ways you can control your alcohol intake