Has someone been asking you to quit using drugs? Do you feel like you’re on the fence about it? If so, that’s totally understandable. Quitting drugs on your own or entering drug rehab are daunting, mountainous challenges. It is a big commitment, and will be a lengthy journey. Are you ready to begin, or are you still seeking more answers?
If you’re still looking, we’ve put together a short list of things to consider in regard to drug rehab and sobriety. There is an expression that goes like: “true change has to come from within”. When it comes to quitting drugs, this expression certainly rings true. We invite you to take a look at this list and think about what you could achieve by quitting.
Surprise, surprise: Drugs take a toll on our health. You’ve heard it before, but it’s important to know what that means. Drug abuse leads to Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, Lung Disease, and Mental Health Disorders which we will get into more later. In addition to bettering your chances of avoiding these chronic conditions, you will simply feel healthier on a day to day basis. If you smoke, you’ll gradually get rid of that mucus and cough. You’ll start to sleep better, get your digestion back to normal, and look better too.
Drugs take a tole on our health directly and indirectly. For example, even though marijuana is fairly safe, it can still disrupt sleeping and eating. This would then cause other health problems and discomforts. With alcohol abuse, we see nutrient deficiency because of its effects on eating and absorbing nutrients. Drugs affect our health all around.
Drug use has a way of getting in and messing up our relationships from the inside. It not only upsets our partners, but it also disrupts intimacy, a key component in good relationships. Drugs are a way of escaping or numbing overwhelming emotions. Using drugs becomes a habit of self soothing that’s hard to let go of. In a relationship, drugs can interfere by preventing the development of openness and trust. If one partner consistently uses drugs to avoid emotions, those emotions don’t get talked about and are left to fester. Sadly, many relationships fail because of drug abuse
Drugs can also cause some generally crummy behavior. Alcohol makes us violent, and angry sometimes. Smoking weed makes us lazy, messy and maybe even dependent. Opiates make us unavailable and weak. All drugs have a way of straining relationships. If your partner’s frustration is building and building, the best thing to start with might just be quitting drugs. After quitting, you can begin the work of healing and restoring relationships. At Intervention.com, we offer family classes to help with getting relationships back together.
Chances are you’ve already worried quite a bit about how expensive your habit is. Drugs are not cheap, we all know that. Have you burnt through your savings? Do you struggle to make ends meet? Are you dependent on others for money? Drugs make us spend, spend, spend no matter how precarious our financial situation is. When we should be saving, we’re calling up our dealer. It happens even when you tell yourself you really have to cut down because of money. It’s alarming and stressful to see your finances falling apart because of something like drugs.
Quitting drugs will free up resources for you to build your life in other directions. You’ll be able to earn more and be independent. You won’t be dumping all of your hard-earned money into a dead-end behavior anymore.
We seek out drugs hoping to free ourselves from painful emotions. However, that’s only temporary and the painful emotions persist. The drugs aggravate any underlying symptoms of mental illness; sometimes leading to serious conditions. Some drugs can cause psychosis and breakdowns. It is clear from the research that drugs do damage to our brains and our mental health.
After habitually coping with drugs, we start to lose our other healthier coping mechanisms. Imagining life sober might be scary because it means having to find new strategies of handling what hurts us. Without drugs, we will have to address the things we’ve been avoiding. Frightening as that may be, doing so will liberate you from what hurts you.
Have people been finding out about your addiction? Have you been caught lying because of drugs? Are you embarrassed by something you’ve done on drugs or to acquire them? It’s hard to admit, but I think many of us would say yes to at least one of these questions. Drug use hurts our reputation, and the only way to repair it is by getting sober. As long as we remain hooked, we will continue to make the same mistakes that have been damaging our reputation. Quitting will allow you to get back into the world and show your strengths.
What do you want to have accomplished by the end of your life? Are there places you want to go, things you want to try? Imagine really obtaining those goals.
Now ask yourself, do drugs fit in anywhere? I doubt it. Drug abuse is a burden, and its hard to chase a dream with that burden. Our opportunities are limited because we’re distracted, pressed for money, perhaps carrying a bad reputation, and our motivation is drained. Quitting drugs will give you a much better chance of getting to where you want to be.