When is the right time to get clean and sober??
by Jessica Candelaria Lipsey
When is the right time to get clean and sober? Now! Often times when someone starts contemplating stopping or going into treatment they will come up with a list of various reasons why they can’t. We frequently hear things like, “I don’t have time;” “I could loose my job;” “I won’t spend as much time with my children;”etc… The list of reasons go on and on. These are things we hear all too often as loved ones when we are watching someone die right in front of us. It may be frustrating from an outsider’s perspective but what we must recognize is that this individual truly does not know any other way to live. One way to have compassion for someone struggling making that step into recovery is to understand that this life is the ONLY normal one to them.
When someone is in active addiction almost everything they do is managed around the drinking lifestyle. They go to places where they can drink, they hang out with people who drink, or they come home to drink – the drinking/using routine becomes very ritualistic. Eventually it gets to the point where if one tries to stop they begin obsessing about getting the next drink and then the compulsion takes over where it’s unbearable so they must drink again. Not until intervention is implemented can this cycle be stopped.
Progression of Addiction
The real problem of waiting to stop is the fact that addiction is a progressive disease. […]