If you are a drug addict, then sobriety means staying clean from all drugs, including alcohol. Yet, this can often seem like a tall order. Many of us have been using drugs and alcohol for years on end. Perhaps we were introduced as a young age and we’ve been getting high ever since. Different drugs also have different social implications. If you are a heroin addict, then you probably admit that it’s a good idea to stop using heroin. However, why shouldn’t you continue to smoke a little bit of marijuana? You may think it’s less harmful. Also, alcohol serves a social function for non-addicts. They go to the bar after work and they drink at weddings, parties and concerts. If everyone else can do it, why not you?
There are very good reasons why sobriety requires staying off ALL drugs. This might include pain medications or sleeping pills − drugs that may be prescribed by a doctor for legitimate medical reasons. Nevertheless, drug addicts must recognize that they are not “normal.” Therefore, the “normal” rules for drugs, alcohol and sobriety do not apply to them. We must think to why we ever used drugs and alcohol in the first place. They made us feel content at ease. They gave us comfort and took away our anger, anxiety and depression. They gave us a reason to wake up in the morning.
Every drug shares in having all of these effects, whether they are “uppers” or “downers” or anything in between. So, if a cocaine addict drinks alcohol, it does not matter that alcohol is not his “drug of choice.” The fact remains that he’s getting the same effect from alcohol as he did from cocaine; he’s simply substituting one drug for another.
In order to recover from drug addiction, addicts must admit the truth about their selves. They must admit that no drug is better than the other, that total sobriety is the only option. Drug Treatment Center Finder can help you or your loved one find the right treatment solution for you. For quality treatment solutions to addiction, call us today at 877-968-6682!