Three Reasons to Not Waste Time Before Getting Sober

Three Reasons to Not Waste Time Before Getting Sober

There are a variety of reasons many individuals believe there is no rush to achieve sobriety. Indeed, there are as many reasons as there are people with addictions. In nearly every case, these reasons do not hold up against scrutiny, especially in light of some of the most solid reasons to choose sobriety now. But, rather than dismissing these thoughts outright, there is great value in considering some of the more common reasons people delay sobriety.

  • I don’t have a problem. – This is by far the most popular reason given. Variations include statements like, “I only drink with my friends,” and, “I can stop whenever I choose to stop.” While this can at times be true, usually it isn’t true. If some of those closest to you are mentioning that you need to get sober, you have likely underestimated the pull that your addiction has in your life.
  • I don’t want to lose my job. – Whether it is losing a job, losing a scholarship, losing a relationship or having to drop out of school, each of these statements share a common thread: they value the present status (job, scholarship, relationship, school) more than overall health. Instead of choosing to keep a tenuous hold on your current state and ignoring an addition problem, it’s a healthier choice to begin recovery. You will deal with these other relationships better when you are sober.
  • I cannot afford it. – Most insurance plans offer a benefit for inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment. Also, many facilities are willing to consider an income-sensitive payment plan. However, it is at least as important to come to grips with the truth that your finances should not dictate your health treatment.

In short, these reasons to delay sobriety are valid concerns, yet they are not sufficient to continue in a place of addiction. This is particularly true in light of the following reasons to choose sobriety now.

Sooner is Always Better with Addiction

If you know you have an addiction, you can also be certain that this chronic illness will continue to take its toll on you, and strain your relationships with your coworkers, friends, mentors and family members. Even if none of these are true now, it is surprising the depths to which an addiction can pull an individual down. This is not a reflection in any way of the morals or emotional strength of a person, but rather the power of an addiction.

If you are in a place where you know addiction is a problem, the odds of overcoming it without help are very small. Why would you not seek the help you need? Prioritize your health; there is no need to wait until your life has fallen apart.

Your Friends and Family Know You Best

It can be difficult to come to grips with the severity of your addiction, because a person typically does not see himself as accurately as others. This is particularly true of addiction, as most individuals are not aware of their own level of addiction. It is for this reason the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. has a self-administered test to assess a drug problem.[1] It might be a good idea to take this quiz to assess if you have an addiction problem.

Even better, it could be a useful exercise to ask a couple of your closest friends or family members to take it with you in mind. Promise them on the front end that you will listen heartily to their response, and together you will be able to come to a consensus about the seriousness of your drug or alcohol problem.

You Will Find the Support You Need

Many individuals want to believe it is possible to fight addiction in isolation. For most, this is simply not true. Because addiction literally changes the chemistry of the brain over time, you are fighting your own brain when you try to break an addiction.

Rehab programs have trained professionals who understand the chemistry and psychology of addiction at a much deeper level than most laymen, and as a result are able to provide the right combination of support and accountability to push you toward clean living. Those working in rehab programs have hundreds if not thousands of hours of experience helping others battle addiction and come out on the other side able to live a clean life.

A rehab program will help you, perhaps more effectively than any other option available to you.

Friends and Family Likely Make the Difference for Your Recovery

Addiction can steal so much from your life – friends, family, children, employment and self-worth, to name just a few. The cost of addiction is too high. If this is where you are right now, the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admission counselors at our toll free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about addiction. They can help you find your way.


[1], “Self Adminstered Drug Abuse Test,” accessed November 15, 2015.