6 Benefits of a Drug Free Life

When you quit drugs and alcohol with the right solution, you’ll see improvements throughout your life.

Even though issues in life still arise when you're free of substance abuse, you will feel happier, more productive and have more structure. Relationships with others will improve. And on the days that you don’t want to put the effort in, you’ll have the strength to keep going.

Simple addiction treatment is often not enough for long-term recovery. Living at a place that supports you in your long-term recovery can be critical.

Once you are recovered with the right support and direction, the benefits of a drug free life often outweigh what life can throw at you.

Benefits of Recovery

1. More Energy

You will have more energy throughout the day. Once you are fully detoxed and living a recovered life, you’ll spend less energy worrying about everything. The attitude adjustment partly comes from straightening out your past, but also adopting a different perspective on life.

“We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.” Page 88, Big Book

2. Daily Structure

The only thing about routine when we were using or drinking was getting high and drunk. We didn’t make an effort to balance our lives. But living in a place like Lakewood Recovery, you’re able to focus on the balance you need to successfully recover. Daily structure and routines can help us set our day off right and it can help us be more productive and happier.

3. Achieve Daily Goals

With more energy and a strong daily routine and structure it’s easy to see why you will accomplish more. Being free from worry and knowing how your day will mostly go helps you focus on the things you want to accomplish. Achieving goals helps you feel fulfilled and gives you more self-confidence.

4. Enhanced Work Ethic

When you’re firing on all cylinders – achieving goals with more energy – you have more to offer to your employer and to yourself. Getting stuff done turns into a mantra. You feel better, more productive and you want to contribute more to the world.

5. Healthy Relationships

While goals and work ethic increase, your relationships with friends and family members will get better too. With a sobriety program similar to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, you have started reconstructing your relationships. But what’s more, you start feeling good about yourself.

“That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.”

After all, you’re starting to accomplish more goals in your life, you have more energy.

6. Meditative

Throughout your day you become more contemplative, you think more deeply about what you can contribute to life, and you’re more conscious of how you treat others and yourself.

All of these characteristics and promises of recovery seem extravagant. But they are not.

9th Step Promises

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.

We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.

We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

About Lakewood Recovery

If you’re looking for a private sober-living home in a great location in Dallas, Texas that supports balance, good recovery, and self-confidence, contact us. Lakewood Recovery is a private recovery residence. We provide upscale amenities, single bedrooms, and a professional staff to support your journey to long-term sobriety from drug abuse and alcohol abuse.


DALLAS, TX, 75214

(214) 462-5619