Man sits with drink on counter debating if it is time to seek substance abuse treatment

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Your loved ones think you need it.

Have the people who know you best and love you most expressed concern about your use? Have they asked you to seek help? As difficult as it may be, you owe it to yourself to seriously consider what they say. Addiction is a family disease—it doesn’t just make you sick; it also makes everyone around you sick. Only you can decide to embrace a start on the road to recovery, but you owe it to yourself to take the concerns of your loved ones seriously.

Your life has become unmanageable or has been that way for a long time.

An unmanageable life looks different for everyone. For some, it means missing out on time with their kids or deadlines at work. It could mean losing their marriage, home, and freedom for others. At its root, you cannot balance your drinking or use with the rest of the responsibilities in your life. If your use regularly impedes your ability to live your life in a healthy, productive way, it is safe to say your life has become unmanageable. Treatment is a way to regain control.

You’ve overdosed or faced other medical consequences of your use.

If your body is telling you that things can’t continue the way they’re going, listen to it. Mind-altering substances take a huge toll on more than just our minds. Our bodies are not meant to keep up with the physical onslaught of filtering drugs and alcohol out of our system.

Previous attempts to stop have been unsuccessful.

Have you tried to limit or end your use to no avail? This can take many forms: limiting yourself only to specific days of the week, promising yourself you’ll stop at a designated time or after a certain number of drinks, deciding to stick to “only beer,” and the list goes on. If your self-imposed limits have failed to stop your use from adversely impacting your life, it’s probably time to consider treatment as an option.

You might not think you’re ready, but you know things will worsen if you wait.

You may be holding things together, but you can see the writing on the wall. If you’re a so-called “high-functioning” alcoholic or addict, it may be easy to convince yourself that you aren’t ready for treatment because your life hasn’t completely fallen apart yet. But if you are honest with yourself and know that things will continue in a downward trend, you owe it to yourself to intervene before that happens. Addiction is a progressive disease—it will never get better or clear up on its own. If you are already experiencing the negative consequences of your addiction, it is all but guaranteed that those will only get worse over time without treatment.

It is a viable option (or the only option) to avoid legal, professional, or personal consequences.

Many people begin their recovery journey because they have no other viable option. If you enter treatment, you will meet plenty of people who finally agreed to be there to avoid criminal charges, losing their professional license, or help a personal relationship. It is common for courts, professional boards, or family members to require treatment as a condition for deferment of harsher consequences. It’s okay if that’s how it starts for you too. No matter the push that got you in the door, you will be glad you took that step to start getting sober.

Still not sure? If you identify with any of these, treatment may be the best option for you:

  • You’re tired of fighting.
  • You don’t want your substance to control your life anymore.
  • You know you don’t have the power to stop using on your own.
  • You want to live a different way without the burden of substance abuse.

If this sounds like you, we’re here to help. Reach out to us to discuss how we can help you regain control of your life through SUD treatment.

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