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While abusing drugs or alcohol, you may experience some negative effects on your appearance, energy, and bodily functions. Fortunately, those who decide to get sober and stay sober will notice that many of these things will return rapidly. Here are 5 positive ways your body will change when you get sober.


Clear Skin

It is inevitable that once you stop putting toxins in your body, your face will clear up and you will get that natural glow back. Many people who abuse drugs or alcohol suffer from acne, pale skin, or sores, but your skin will begin to clear up once you get sober.

Better Sleep

While sleep may come difficult at the beginning, your body will soon adjust to its natural sleep cycle. Say goodbye to waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, craving your next fix! You will begin to sleep soundly through the night and wake up feeling energized and refreshed.

Increased Energy

Drug and alcohol abuse takes a serious toll on your body and frequently leads to malnutrition. However, when you get sober, your appetite returns and your mind and body will stop being weighed down by toxic chemicals, allowing you to have more energy and motivation throughout the day.

Strengthened Immune System

Drugs and alcohol suppress the immune system, making people who abuse substances more prone to infection. When you get sober, your body will recover quickly and your immune system will be boosted when the drugs and alcohol are removed. With a little self-care and healthy eating, your immune system will be back to normal in no time.

Improved Memory and Focus

Without clouding your mind and suffering from a lack of the ability to remember things due to substance abuse, your memory will improve and your focus will become sharp again. Substance abuse can affect cognitive function negatively, but this can be regained by living a sober lifestyle.


Cassidy Webb is an avid writer who advocates spreading awareness on the disease of addiction. Her passion in life is to help others by sharing her experience, strength, and hope.