doesn't mean you're sober. Ironically - sobriety is purity of body AND mind. You have to be clean to be sober, but you don't have to be sober to be clean. When i didn't work all the 12 steps, I was clean, but not sober. Life hadn't really changed. Today - I am happy joyous and free. I use the tools I have to achieve a better life. I no longer seek something outside of self. I know how to be comfortable with my self.