Our problems in recovery in comparison to our problems in active addiction are a HUGE difference. We make such a big deal over the smallest things now that we’re sober but if you take a look at the problems you used to have, the problems you have now don’t look so bad! I’ve made a list of addiction problems vs. sober problems.
Addiction Problems vs. Sober Problems:
Sober Problems – Not being able to purchase a shirt you really want because they don’t have it in your size.
Addiction Problems – Only owning one article of clothing because you sold all of your clothes to get high.
Sober Problems – Having to wake up super early for work.
Addiction Problems – Having to wake up every day extremely dope sick.
Sober Problems – Not having enough money to go out as frequently as you want or to do certain activities (even though your bills and food is always covered.)
Addiction Problems – Having a daily struggle of figuring out ways to get money to get alcohol or drugs.
Sober Problems – Your job taking so much money for taxes out of your paycheck.
Addiction Problems – Being unemployed, broke and homeless.
Sober Problems – Having to park far away from your door.
Addiction Problems – Selling your car for drugs.
Sober Problems – Chipotle doesn’t deliver.
Addiction Problems – I haven’t eaten anything in a week.
Sober Problems – Your social calendar is completely full.
Addiction Problems – No one can stand to be around you.
Sober Problems – My shampoo and conditioner never run out at the same time.
Addiction Problems – I haven’t showered in over a week.
Sober Problems – My mom calls me every day.
Addiction Problems – My parents won’t take my calls.
Sober Problems – I can’t figure out what to get my family for Christmas.
Addiction Problems – My family told me I’m not welcome at their home for Christmas.
Whether you’re newly sober or been sober for multiple years, we can all remember a time when our problems were way worse than they are now. It reminds me that I take life for granted today and should be truly grateful for all I have. When I was in my active addiction, it was a struggle to just be alive in general. I hated just waking up in the mornings because all I wanted to do was not exist anymore. Today, I get to live an amazing and fulfilling life. It may not always be perfect but it is far better than what it used to be.
It’s weird to think how much life can change for us addicts and alcoholics; it’s like we live two lives in one lifetime. It really is a blessing to be able to change my life around for the better and sit and think about the struggles I have today vs. my previous struggles with alcohol or drugs. If you are sitting here in your recovery and struggling with your problems today, take a look at how far you have come! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.