I value sobriety in the same way I value sleep, healthy food, exercise and setting boundaries.
Feeling good is its own reward.
There's a BIG difference between thinking you can't ever drink again because you're an alcoholic, and wisely choosing to avoid a self-inflicted handicap.
The reason the idea of sobriety feels so depressing is because most people think it means more than it does. The dogma is overwhelming.
Taking care of your body isn't overwhelming. Healthy habits reinforce themselves.
You don't have to declare yourself an alcoholic or join Team Sobriety. Or decide what you're having to drink at the party next summer.
You can bypass the drama that surrounds the word "sober" by learning how to process uncomfortable emotions. Because ordering a seltzer and getting a good night's sleep should feel like a super simple solution--not a stressful, complicated problem.