5 Reasons To Get Sober This Year


If you're in Rochester, MN or across Southeast Minnesota, Common Ground can help you on your path to recovery.

The New Year is in full swing, and you're probably working hard following through with your New Year's resolutions. If not, it's never too late to start. And although resolutions can help us make important changes in our lives, they can also be fleeting.

So why not swap out a resolution for a true lifestyle change?

Maybe you've been struggling with addiction or alcoholism for a long time – or maybe you've just started to realize it's become a problem. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, this can be your year to get sober and finally find recovery.

Here's just a few of the benefits you'll start to notice:

  1. You'll feel better.
    Substance use takes a toll on the body. Whether you've had bad hangovers, are experiencing fatigue or are starting to have problems with your heart, liver or teeth, getting sober can help you get your health back on track.
  2.  Your relationships will get stronger.
    When you're struggling with drugs and alcohol, it's easy to let substance use get prioritized above your job or relationships with friends and family. You might even notice your family members or close friends have approached you about your alcohol or drug use. Getting sober will help you change that. You'll have more time to enjoy the people you love and can meet new sober friends along the way.
  3. You'll experience mental clarity.
    Some people experience a "fog" in active addiction. Maybe you noticed you weren't as creative or sharp as you used to be – or that you're having a hard time thinking straight. When you adopt a sober lifestyle, you'll see that change. You'll realign your life with your beliefs and value system and your thoughts will be uninterrupted by the effects of drugs or alcohol. Some people call their first moment like this the "moment of clarity." Embrace it and think about all the things you'll be able to do with a clear mind.
  4. You'll save money.
    Keeping up with an alcohol or drug habit takes time – and money. Think of all the money you'll save in recovery. Rather than spending money on substance use, you can invest that money in yourself – like starting mental health therapy, finding a new hobby or enjoying a self-care activity.
  5. You'll have more opportunities.
    Whether you've run into trouble with the law or didn't feel comfortable in your own skin, recovery can help open up new opportunities in your life. It could be a job, a hobby or a new group of friends. No matter what , recovery is the pathway to opportunity – for your body, spirit and mind.

Said best by Benjamin Franklin, "When you're finished changing, you're finished."

Don't let this be the end of your story. There's so much hope waiting for you in recovery. Contact us to start your recovery journey today – no matter where you are, we're here to help.

Common Ground provides help for addiction in Rochester, MN. Providing chemical use assessments, outpatient treatment and a family support program in Winona, Red Wing and Rochester, MN.