There are so many blessings to a substance-free lifestyle. It will reinvent your social, emotional and physical health. Your confidence will blossom, giving you the courage to build the life you want. The inner abundance alone is more than enough to make recovery worth it. But let’s be honest – it certainly feels great to enjoy the outer transformations too. Here are just 5 beauty perks to being substance-free.
Alcohol sucks the moisture out of your skin. It’s a potent diuretic that causes dangerous electrolyte imbalances and dehydration. Dehydrated skin will be sapped of elasticity; wrinkles won’t bounce back and sagging will occur. Alcohol also sabotages healthy hormone levels, which can make the skin ruddy, blemish-prone and dull. Through recovery, you’ll reclaim both an inner and outer glow.
Alcohol and drug addiction wreak havoc on our hair. Brittle, lifeless locks that are prone to falling out are just one symptom. Drugs leech away essential nutrients, so the body often sacrifices hair in an attempt to have enough to survive. In recovery, your body will be free to receive the sustenance it needs as you develop a healthy lifestyle. Although the healing process takes time, I promise the changes will amaze you!
Drug and alcohol abuse take away our reasons to smile literally and emotionally. Your oral health suffers drastically; cavities, periodontal inflammation, missing teeth and certain cancers are all possible hazards. Meth is notorious for destroying dental health. “Meth mouth” involves a lack of healthy saliva, teeth grinding, severe pain and harsh decay. Although some damage is permanent, recovery can help you get recommitted to proper dental hygiene, regular checkups, intensive dental work and the right nutrition to strengthen your teeth.
Active addiction can devastate the body and mind. Addicts decline with each passing day, their muscles crumbling to skin and bones. The vigor of youth is cut short as the plummet deeper into addiction. Recovery offers a renewed zest for life and exercise. I know quite a few recovering addicts who challenge their bodies with 5ks, reaching mountain peaks and scuba diving! They’re totally in love with life and that gives them such a captivating glow. It won’t be easy to reclaim your health, but it WILL be completely worth it. You’ll tone up, have more energy, enjoy deeper sleep and relish in lifted moods.
Have you noticed that you’re cranky, foggy, and indecisive the day after a poor night’s sleep? Chronic insomnia affects your skin’s texture and hair strength, too. A nightcap may strike you as the perfect panacea to drift away, but in truth, drugs and alcohol sabotage the depth and quality of sleep you get. The most vulnerable stage is REM sleep; it is essential for mental rejuvenation, memory formation and dreaming. By kicking alcohol and drugs, you’re a huge leap closer to getting the sleep you need for optimal physical, mental and emotional health. Plus, there’s a reason why it’s called “beauty rest”!
Recovery will revitalize you from the inside out. The changes you make to nurture your internal health and happiness will reflect in your skin, smile, physique and natural glow. The confidence you’ll gain will add another element of moxie and grace that will inspire others. Of course there are so many other benefits that outweigh the beauty perks, but it won’t hurt to have as many sources of motivation as possible.