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4 Signs it is Time to Get Sober

Published: April 13, 2021

Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment and memory. For some individuals, they know they have an addiction and seek a solution. However, for others, facing the fact that they have an addiction may cause panic, and they are more likely to be in denial. 

If you keep telling yourself that your drinking or drug habits are due to recreational activity, it may be time to start asking yourself these questions.

Is Your Addiction Causing Relationship Problems?

You’re not the only one hurting from an addiction. Addiction can also hurt your loved ones, making it hard for friends and family to trust and respect you, which are critical elements in a healthy relationship. 

When a person is addicted to a substance, their behavior starts to change, and their life revolves around the addiction. Typical addict behavior in relationships include:

  • Lying, hiding, irritability
  • Manipulative behavior
  • Irresponsibility 
  • Depression
  • Distancing

Is Your Health Declining?

Putting drugs or alcohol into your body can cause various health effects. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “people with addiction often have one or more associated health issues, which could include lung or heart disease, stroke, cancer, or mental health conditions.”

When a person uses certain drugs, such as inhalants, they are putting large amounts of toxic chemicals into their lungs. The toxic chemicals enter the lungs and pass from the bloodstream into the brain, where the toxins damage and kill brain cells. Other common health conditions from addiction include:

  • Injury
  • Sexually-transmitted diseases
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Brain damage
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Death by overdose
  • Depression 

Are The Legal Consequences of Your Addiction Catching Up to You?

Substance abuse can affect many areas of your life and you may find yourself facing serious legal trouble at times. Drinking and drug abuse may have resulted in legal charges, such as:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Public intoxication
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Jail or prison time
  • Probation 

If any legal consequences are catching up to you, it may be time to seek professional help. At Rockland Treatment, we can help you escape the recurring cycle of crime fueled by substance abuse.

Is Your Life Out of Your Control?

Addiction often controls a person’s life. While most people think of a person who has substance abuse to be without a job and homeless, that’s not always the case. In fact, more than 70 percent of those abusing illicit drugs in America are employed, with marijuana and cocaine being the most common drugs abused on the job. 

When you start to have problems at work, broken relationships, losing track of time and putting your loved ones on the backburner, it may be time to get sober. 

Contact Rockland Treatment Center 

At Rockland Treatment Center, we understand how consuming addiction is and how intimidating it is to take the first step to a better, sober life. Your path to recovery and wellness starts with the first step. Contact us for a free assessment, and allow us to show you how our program can help you lead the life you want, unshackled by addiction and surrounded with love.

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