It’s very common for men and women who realize that they have an addiction to attempt to sober up by themselves. They might conclude that they can simply stop drinking or using drugs. And for some people, depending on the strength of their addiction, this is possible. However, if an addiction has been ongoing for a period of a year or more and if the drugs that a person is addicted to are severe or heavy, then quitting alone just may not work. This article will address the pros and cons to trying to get sober on your own.
There are many reasons that keep a person from entering drug treatment for addiction. They may not want their friends and/or family to know that their drug use or drinking has gotten out of control. They may not be able to afford treatment, or they may not be able to take the time off of work to participate in drug treatment. These are some common reasons that keep a person from utilizing treatment.
However, before trying to get sober on your own, it might be best to assess the severity of your addiction. There are a few things to consider:
- The addictive quality of the drug you’re taking.
- Whether you’re addicted to one substance or a combination of substances.
- The length of your addiction.
- The strength of your addiction.
- Any underlying mental illnesses, such as depression or anxiety.
- Any unresolved traumas or life events that might be underlying the addiction.
- The effects that sobriety will have on your family, friends, and yourself.
These and other factors are important to consider when attempting to get sober. Frequently, a person does not recognize how great the problem is and moves towards sobriety on his or her own. However, if the addiction is strong or if there are any underlying issues then a person will likely to return using drugs or drinking again. If there is a strong dependence on the body and the brain, then a person will continue to experience cravings for a drug. And those cravings may be hard to resist.
Now, the difference with treatment is that a person has an enormous amount of support. Rather than facing sobriety alone, in treatment, a person has professionals, the relaxing and supportive environment, others who are also getting sober, classes on addiction, behavioral therapy and a medical doctor who can tend to the physical discomforts of detoxification. A person will still experience the challenges of getting sober, but in treatment, a person will have everything that he or she needs to face those challenges adequately.
Of course, it is up to a person facing an addiction whether they decide to get treatment or not. However, if they do it alone and do not have the right support, there’s a greater chance that a person would continue to relapse and return to the addictive patterns.
If you’re struggling with an addiction, contact a mental health professional – at the very least to discuss treatment options and see if they are right for you.
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