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Frequently Asked Questions

What Does It Mean to be Clean and Sober?

It means your body is free from any drugs or alcoholic substances and that you’ve discovered the root of the problem that made you start your substance abuse and worked it out.
In other words, you’re free from the overbearing weight that comes from being dependent on a harmful and addicting substance.

What Does It Mean When Someone Says They Are Clean?

In simple terms, it means the person is no longer using any drugs or actively participating in a recovery program.

Is It Possible to Be Clean but Not Sober?

Technically, yes. If you’re clean from consuming drugs but are still struggling to work through the emotional and spiritual toll that came from the addiction, you’re not sober yet.
Being sober entails a much more complex recovery stage compared to when you’re clean, as it includes other crucial aspects such as emotions, spirituality, and socialization.

What Role Do Emotional and Mental Health Play in Being Sober?

Achieving sobriety helps people build healthy relationships, find meaning in their lives, and cope with their mistakes. Substance abuse is known for causing depression and anxiety, which can lead to people struggling to regain a normal life.
With proper treatment, however, these people can fight the emotional toll that comes from substance abuse, fix any broken bridges, and be completely free of addictive substances.

Can Someone Relapse If They Are Sober?

Sober people can relapse, although it’s less likely to happen if they worked hard in the past to re-enter society healthily and faced their problems head-on.
Sometimes, traumatic events can trigger an aggressive emotional response in a person, making them likely to relapse. In these cases, it’s crucial to seek help from a professional or support group in time.