I saw a patient the other day who was finally sober, again, after several relapses. She was working the program and doing very well indeed. She mentioned that she had gone to a yoga class, and then made the following comment:
It’s so much easier when I’m sober.
Which got us thinking about all kinds of other things that are easier when you’re sober:
- Working: Much easier to get to work in the morning when you’re not hung over.
- Laundry: Instead of getting so discouraged looking at the pile that you just have a drink.
- Driving: without worrying about getting pulled over for DUI.
- Yoga: and walking, swimming, basically any kind of exercise.
- Cooking: when you haven’t filled up on booze.
- Talking to people, like friends and family; much easier when you’re, you know, conscious. Which leads to:
- Maintaining relationships: Directly related to the ability to interact with others.
- Paying bills: without blowing the bulk of your paycheck on alcohol.
Then again, in fairness, there are several things that are much easier to do while drinking:
- Wrecking your car
- Alienating your family
- Losing your job; after calling in “sick” one too many times
- Going broke: much easier to lose track of where your funds are going.
- Trashing your liver: it may take some time, but it’s still a relatively reliable way to end up with cirrhosis.
I’m sure there are plenty of other things for both lists, but this seems like a good start.