Determine if sobriety makes sense for you.
The idea of having few drinks with friends, either in celebration or just to chill, always seems like a pleasant one on the surface. This innocent take on drinking might be realistic for ‘normal’, however, most any addict can tell you that it might start off innocent but will certainly not end that way. What are the signs that point to problematic drinking and favor sobriety, maybe with thoughts about different recovery services and learning more about sober living houses?
The problem arises when the few drinks become more than just a few; and the occasional drinking becomes a daily activity, building up to the point that you find yourself exhibiting certain characteristics that you normally would not. Here are a few pointers inspired by Kate’s blog to let you know that its time to put down the bottle:
- Drinking has made you broke: When you realize that you would rather spend the last money on you to purchase alcohol irrespective of other pressing needs like paying your NYC rent, or you have begun to dip into your savings to purchase alcohol; then you know that you have to put a stop to it. This sign means that you are so addicted to alcohol that you prioritize it over necessities, and in the case of emergency, you would not have any funds to spare.
- When it becomes your means of escaping from stress or worry: When sober living is not longer an option and drinking alcohol becomes your go to after a bad day or stressful day, you take it as a means of escape from whatsoever has been troubling you, you need to call it quits. The alcohol only serves as a temporary escape, and you get back to meet the problem after you are sober. This shows that you are not capable of handling distress or problems without alcohol. You, therefore need to abstain from alcohol to regroup and learn to deal with difficult situations without alcohol.
- When you drink every day or almost every day: The frequency of your alcohol intake is an indication of addiction. If you find yourself drinking alcohol every day, it might be an indication that you need to pause for a few days to evaluate and make sure that sober living is possible for you and that you can do without alcohol.
Most alcoholics do not realize the extent of their addiction until they try to stop for a few days and then develop withdrawal problems such as feeling woozy or strange; then they realize the need to take a longer break.
- People have told you that you have a drinking problem : Most people would rather avoid bringing up or talking about unsettling issues even though they are quite obvious, but when people that surround you such as your family and friends or even total strangers, point out that you have a drinking problem or that they would not give you liquor in good faith, it may be a sign that you have to stop drinking and maybe seek recovery services or sober living. It takes a lot of courage to confront someone over a drinking problem, knowing fully well that a confrontation could go awry; so for a person to confront you about a drinking problem, you most likely need to get it checked.
- You have repeatedly exhibited different behaviors while drunk that you would not ordinarily exhibit: Excessive drinking beyond one’s tolerance level usually leads to drunkenness. Often, people exhibit some behaviors while drunk, that they would not exhibit if they were sober. These behaviors range from being extremely calm to being extremely violent and uttering words a sober you would never have thought of. When you frequently exhibit such appalling behaviors that render you speechless at their recount; you need to stop your alcohol intake and consider getting help with sober living.
These are only a few reasons why you should put a stop to regular alcohol intake; other reasons include obvious dangers to vital body organs such as liver, kidney, and skin; as well as loss of respect from individuals. The best part is, you get to live a life that brings happiness to you and those you care about! If you feel you or your love may have a problem with drinking, Valley Spring is here to help your loved get connected to terrific recovery services and sober living in NYC and all across the country.
Feel free to read our previous blog about 10 Reasons Why An Alcohol Free Life is Awesome