Addiction is a confounding disease. It is an incurable disease that you cannot hope to manage until you choose to participate in a treatment program. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably already made half-hearted, ultimately unsuccessful attempts in the past. And here you are again, making the same promises to yourself and others that this time will be different. But how can you know if you are finally ready to put aside the drugs, alcohol, and dysfunctional behaviors to get clean and sober once and for all?
Call 208.486.0130 to speak with someone from Northpoint Recovery’s team about how to spot signs to get sober or signs to find addiction treatment which includes an aftercare planning program to help maintain sobriety in the long term.
When to Get Sober—Finally and for the Long Term
When addiction has a grip on you, it takes its toll emotionally and physically—but it can be manageable for some people who are stubborn when it comes to giving up their addiction. Here are some signs that can show you when to get sober.
1. You Are Estranged from Your Family and Friends Because of Your Addiction
Over time, your addiction took you farther and farther away from your family. Eventually, they had to separate from you to save their sanity and restore some manageability to their lives. Sometimes, the only way to reconnect with your family is to sober up.
2. You’re Starting to Have Health Problems Because of Your Addiction
Here are just a few examples of the possible consequences of addiction on your health:
- Sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Organ damage and even failure
- Death by overdose
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Suicidal ideation
Chronic alcohol or drug abuse can wreak havoc on your physical and mental health, resulting in deterioration, disease, disability, and death.
3. The Legal Consequences of Your Addiction Are Catching up to You
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, four out of every five incarcerated people are because of substance abuse. Your drinking and drug use may have resulted in charges for:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Public intoxication
- Domestic violence
- Burglary or theft
- Bad checks
If you want to escape the continual cycle of crime and incarceration fueled by substance abuse, professional help is your best hope.
4. Your Addiction Has Caused You to Harm Yourself or Others
No matter how kind and loving you are when you are sober, substance abuse can bring out a much-scarier side of you. Drugs or alcohol are involved in the following:
- About 80% of domestic violence incidences
- Half of all sexual assaults
- More than 80% of interventions by Child Protective Services (CPS)
In addition, 45% of people with untreated substance use disorders commit suicide. Getting sober is the best way to protect yourself and others from the tragic violence associated with addiction.
5. Your Daily Life is Out of Control Because of Your Addiction
You probably could “maintain” your everyday life for quite a while, even while drinking and using. But addiction is a progressive disease that only gets worse over time. If any of this is happening to you because of your addiction, you’re probably ready to make a change:
- You’re having problems at work—such as suspensions, termination, unemployment, and more.
- Broken relationships due to separation, divorce, or other problems.
- Your home is disgusting, filthy, cluttered, garbage-strewn, and generally unlivable. Alternatively, you are homeless.
- You violate your morals to get your next drink or fix. You engage in theft, lying, prostitution, and other undesirable actions.
- You have lost track of time and cannot tell one day from the next.
- Your entire life revolves around drinking or using.
The old saying is that someone has to hit “rock bottom” to accept the available help. All that means is that you have gotten so tired of the life caused by your addiction that you are ready to do anything to find your way out of the depths. Once you are prepared to do anything to get drunk or high. If you are willing to do anything to get sober, then it’s time to call a professional treatment center.
Seeing Signs to Find Addiction Treatment? Reach Out to Northpoint Recovery in Idaho
Are you tired of your life in addiction and trying to figure out how and when to get sober? Contact Northpoint Recovery today at 208.486.0130 to learn more about the signs to get sober and how our rehab center in Idaho can help you.