As with every decision, there are pros and cons to quitting drinking or using illicit substances. It may be difficult to see the consequences that your substance use has had on your life as well as the life of those you love while you are in active addiction. Weighing the pros and cons can aid you in deciding if you are ready to make a change in your life.

Change is scary. Finding new people, places, and things can seem daunting. Some reasons you may have for not seeking help are not knowing another way to destress or that you may no longer fit in your current social circle if you chose sobriety. If you are using or drinking to aid with the anxiety of social situations, this reason may also be included in your cons of getting treatment.

The Pros and Cons of Making a Change

Reasons to Find Sobriety

It is important to not make decisions simply due to fear and what-ifs. The benefits of sobriety are also important to explore. Stopping drinking or using opiates, cannabis, or other illicit substances will decrease the chance of any further substance-induced physical or mental health difficulties. Relationships with loved ones and new, sober friends can improve. You will not need to experience hangovers or withdrawals during the times you are waiting for your next use. There is less chance of legal implications. Performance at work or school may improve. If you think of how much money goes into chasing drugs or buying alcohol, you will note a newfound ability to save money for sober things you may want to do. On the same note, it will be a lot easier to pay your bills. Maybe you have personal expectations of yourself that sobriety will allow you to accomplish.

You may find that you have more reasons to get sober than to stay in active addiction. That does not mean you will not experience any worry, fear, or ambivalence regarding your decision. Education from professionals can help you better understand what sobriety truly means as well as how you can become and maintain your own sobriety.

Where to Turn When the Pros of Sobriety Outweigh the Cons

If the positives of seeking help conquer the reasons to stay in active addiction, you are not alone. For those wanting to achieve sobriety from alcohol, opiates, or cannabis, the Discovery Place of Burns, Tennessee is just a phone call away. Our trained professionals are standing by to help you today. Contact us at 1-800-725-0922 today. We can help set personalized goals to achieve and maintain your sobriety. We will work with you on strategies to attain these goals and ways to identify that you have accomplished what you set out to do.

While there may be some roadblocks, we will help you learn how to handle them in a sober manner. Willingness and the desire to make a change in your life are the most essential things to bring with you to our alternative treatment center. If you would like to see a list of physical items to bring to Discovery Place with you, our website is a great place to visit.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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