4 Reasons to Enter Treatment for Your Drinking

4 Reasons to Enter Treatment for Your DrinkingOne of the more difficult decisions to make is to begin treatment for a drinking problem. There are a number of reasons that an individual might believe a treatment program is not necessary or will not be useful for him including the following:

  • “I can control my drinking without help.”
  • “My drinking is not hurting anyone anyway.”
  • “Nobody thinks I have a drinking problem.”
  • “I will be embarrassed if others find out.”

Each of these statements is untrue or devalues the importance of a sober life. The hard truth is that habits can be easily broken with enough willpower, but chronic illnesses need support, and addiction to alcohol or drugs like Lortab is a chronic illness. Further, a drinking problem can and does hurt many people including you, your friends and your family. Plus, those who know you best will be thrilled that you are looking to take control of your life, and you should never be embarrassed when you choose to make wise choices.

Why You Should Enter Treatment

There are at least four great reasons to enter treatment for your drinking problem, including the following;

      1. You are hurting yourself – Every time you drink, you damage your liver. Continued drinking will cause irreparable harm to your body. Beyond the physical dimension, a number of mental health disorders are shown to be far more likely in those with an addiction. Included in this list is a dramatic increase in depression, paranoia, anxiety and suicide rates.
      2. You are putting your children at incredible risk – The has released a fact sheet that summarizes the risks children of addicts face; some of which are listed below:
      3. Children of addicted parents are 2–9 times more likely to have an addiction later in life. This figure is increased even more if the parent appears by his actions to be permissive toward drug or alcohol use, as evidenced by his own use.
      4. Family interaction is defined by addiction. Addiction and the erratic emotional behaviors associated with it, such as angry outbursts and an unwillingness to address problems, becomes part of the family definition of normal.
      5. Depression and anxiety are much more common in children coming from home with an addicted parent. This is typically the result of instability in the home or a perceived sense of being unloved.
      6. Children of addicted parents have higher incidences of physical and mental health problems. Many of these conditions are directly related to the abuse that unfortunately flows out of parental abuse, but substance abuse by the children is also a portion of these statistics.
      7. Behavior problems are much higher in children of addicted parents. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder are far more common as are a general lack of empathy and a decrease in social adeptness.
      8. Those you love you miss you – You are not the same when you are drunk, nor are you the same when you are looking for that next drink. Even if you don’t recognize it, your friends and family know that you are not the same person they grew to love.
      9. You are capping your own future – Even if you are a functional alcoholic, you will only be able to get so far in your life while you suffer from a drinking problem. You time, your energy and your focus will be sucked away as you take a drink. If you long to accomplish your greatest goals and accomplish your most exotic dreams, your best chance comes when you put down the bottle, but you will probably need help and treatment to get there.

Remember You Are Not Alone

One of the biggest threats to any individual’s recovery is the malicious lie that you are alone. Nobody is dealing with the same struggles you are dealing with. Nobody understands the specific challenges you face. When taken at face value, these types of thoughts can wreck your motivation, no matter where you are on the path to recovery.

These arguments are particularly persuasive when faced with the prospect of getting treatment for your drinking problem. If you give them space, these lies will convince you that treatment is not the best place for you due to the unique nature of your specific drinking patterns. While you can logically come to the conclusion this is not true, it doesn’t make the lure of the myth any less powerful from an emotional perspective.

This is one of many reasons that starting treatment can be such a powerful motivator for beginning a sober life apart from alcohol and drugs like Lortab. A healthy recovery group will give you concrete evidence of the utility of sobriety. Each time you gather with the group, you will see with your own eyes the evidence of the struggles, and you will hear the stories of others going through the same types of struggles you encounter. There is hope in community, the type of hope that cannot be found anywhere else and the type of hope that gives you the strength to push through to better choices.

If you are ready for a change, you don’t have to make it alone, and there is support available. 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 your addiction. They can help you find your way.