Sobriety has a life-changing impact on you.
It is only when you get sober that you can see drug use in a different light, and how it was damaging your life beforehand. Summer is a time for socialising and celebration, and in sobriety you have the joy of remembering every moment.
However, old habits die hard and when temptation calls it can be hard to stay on the path of sobriety. If you have been a drug user or are addicted to drugs, then summer will likely have a long-standing affiliation with heightened use, peer pressure, and forgotten nights.
But, we see things through rose-tinted glasses, or rather, euphoric recall, and the reality of drug use is never what it seems.
The mental load
We forget about the mental toll that drug use takes on us, whether it takes the form of anxiety or a racing brain, there are many ways that mental challenges can manifest when you have taken drugs. Remember what it feels like to not remember, or to remember all too clearly, that isn’t a place you want to return to.
The dampened or heightened emotions that come with drug use are a draining experience, and it can lead to difficult situations, overreactions and more, often leading to conflict, fights, and worry.
We are not able to make sound decisions when we are under the influence of drugs, so it can mean you end up in dangerous or compromising situations, without being aware of the consequences that come with those situations.
The morning after
The morning and days that follow are often either lost or written-off due to a comedown, with spiralling thoughts and snapshots of memories coming back to you throughout. If you have family or work commitments, these often get sacrificed during this time and you end up sinking lower mentally and energetically.
Staying sober is a journey, but with the right tools and support by your side you can live a colourful and joyous life that is far more interesting and enriching.
Support and help with drug addiction
Help Me Stop offers Dayhab programmes for drug and alcohol addiction. Our treatment programme centres around integrative psychotherapy, which blends a number of evidence-based therapies, including the 12 step approach to addiction treatment, person-centred therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, family therapy, art therapy, recovery workshops, mindfulness, and more. We work mainly in group sessions, and every client also has a one-to-one counselling session each week with their focal therapist.
If you would like to find out more about our programmes and how we can help you stop, get in touch with us online or via the phone and we can have a confidential chat about what you need and how we can support you.