Many people believe that someone won’t get sober unless they have hit rock bottom. You don’t have to wait for your rock bottom to hit (when you might not even know what that will mean for you and your life). It is better to talk about getting ready for sobriety after you get to a level of awareness regarding your alcohol or drug addiction. There are some signs that help you to see you are ready to get sober. If you realize any of the following things, then it is time for you to reach for a life of sobriety and recovery.
1. Financial Disaster
When you take a look at your bank account, credit cards, debit cards, savings accounts, and other places where you have money, what do you see? Do you find that more than 25% of your money is going to alcohol or drugs, whether that be at parties, bars, or to drink on your own? Do you notice that you are taking money out of your account for drugs or spending money directly from your debit or credit cards on alcohol regularly? If you are obviously in a financial disaster due to your alcohol or drug use, it might be time to get sober.
2. Telling Lies
Have you found that you are telling more and more lies to people you love or care about? Have you been lying to your boss, co-workers, or other people in your life? When someone asks “What are your plans this Friday?” and you lie by saying “Staying in and watching a movie” when you are really getting drunk, this isn’t a good thing. People are going to realize that you are lying eventually. It is going to start ruining your relationships.
If these lies are meant to cover up how much alcohol you drink or how much drugs you are using, then it is time for you to get sober.
3. Missing Work
How often have you missed work recently? When you call into work, do you tell your boss or whoever answers that you are not feeling good? Do you tell them that you have the flu or that you need to go to the hospital for some reason or another? Are you lying to your boss saying that you had a family emergency? If you are missing work because you are too drunk or hungover to go in, then it is time for you to get sober.
4. Being Negative
Were you a positive person in the past? Has that changed since you started drinking? Maybe people stop wanting to hang around you because you are negative all the time? Maybe you complain about everything going wrong in your life or that nothing ever goes as you plan it. You might tell your family members that life is just so stressful.
You are making all these complaints and being negative about everything without making any changes to make things better. If you find that your negativity is causing people to not want to be around you, the alcohol or drugs could be causing you to act like this. If this is the case, then you should reach out for help to an addiction rehab center and get sober.
5. Accepting Treatment
Have you recently told yourself that maybe drug or alcohol addiction treatment isn’t that bad of an idea? Are you contemplating what it could do for your life? If you are finally thinking that addiction treatment might be beneficial in your life, then it is time to reach out and talk to the professionals at a rehab center. You can ask all the questions that you have about detoxing and rehab treatment.
If you have any concerns about specific parts of the withdrawal stages or recovery process, be sure to ask. The more you ask, the more you will become comfortable and accepting of the idea that addiction treatment is what you need in your life.
6. Life Isn’t Fun Any Longer
Have you looked at your life recently and noticed that it just isn’t fun any longer? Maybe you used to think that partying with your friends every weekend was a great time. You might have enjoyed yourself when going out to the bar multiple times a week. Maybe you found it fun to get drunk and stay up all night. Recently, though things have changed. You have been getting bored or unsatisfied with the things that you are doing, especially when you are drinking. If this is the case, then it is time to make a change. It is time to get sober and create a recovering lifestyle for yourself.
Have you blamed others for your drug or alcohol use? Maybe you have blamed it on life being too stressful. No matter what the case might be, you have control over whether you quit drinking. Yes, it might seem tough and it might be a difficult decision. However, the more that you reach out for help and realize that making this change will help to save your life, the sooner you can turn things around. A sober and recovering lifestyle could be the best decision you ever make for yourself, your family, and your life.
Don’t wait to get sober. If you can relate to one or more of the things mentioned above, then it is time for you to get sober. It is time for you to stop drinking, get into recovery, and make the best life for yourself.