For most people with addiction it is difficult to get sober. Some addicts know they need to stop, but will not. Others have no idea how to concede to the fact that they must stop. If you are unsure if you should get sober, there are some tell-tale signs you can look for.
You cannot stop no matter how hard you try.
Trying to control your substance intake proves to be more complicated than you had thought. You have one drug or one drink and it sets off something inside of you that tells you that you have not had enough yet. Addiction changes the chemistry of the brain to makes an addict want more and more.
You have driven intoxicated.
Taking risks, such as driving when you are impaired, proves that your judgement is off when it comes to the safety of others and yourself.
Your addiction has strained your relationships with others.
An addict makes waves in so many ways from expressing anger and abuse, to secrecy and trust issues. Addicts put an enormous burden on relationships making loved ones enable their behavior.
You blame everyone else for your behavior instead of taking responsibility.
The capability of seeing situations for what they really are can be lost on somebody that is foggy from addiction. No justification can make that statement tolerable except that brain functions change while an addiction ensues.
You are unable to hold down a job or attend school.
Addiction takes away the interests and motivation to succeed in an area that was once achievable. Addicts lose their desire to be responsible because drugs and alcohol take over any ambitions that were once there.
You are not able to be social without being wasted.
Going anywhere social becomes a chore without having some “liquid courage” or “a pick me up” to help you get through it. If the only way you feel like you can enjoy being out with others is through intoxication, the addiction is taking you hostage.
You are in trouble with the law.
Addicts get themselves in all sorts of trouble. Child protective services can get involved, traffic accidents, possession of controlled substances, and a myriad of other violations can transpire while under the influence.
You have experienced withdrawals when you stopped drinking or using.
Having a hangover can be one of the forewarnings of what will happen during withdrawal. Once an addiction is in full bloom, the withdrawals get worse causing addicts to anesthetize to stop the painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
You abuse substances to the point of blacking out or passing out.
Blacking out and passing out can be a daily occurrence for somebody who cannot seem to get enough of drugs and alcohol. This can be a frightening side effect of substance abuse that can possibly lead to putting yourself in unsafe situations.
There is no stopping an addict in the throes of their disease until they have had enough. If you have endured any of these, there is help to change these destructive behaviors.
Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is here to help you, or your loved one, to learn how to enjoy life in sobriety. Our 12-Step aspects and holistic therapy can help you to come into your own while have fun doing it. Call us today: 844-720-6847