Which do you prefer, whiskey or cocaine? Xanax or heroin? No matter what your drug of choice is, it’s a drug, and it’s addictive. You may hear some pushback from people in recovery circles saying that alcohol is in a different ballpark than other drugs. The truth of the matter, is that alcohol is a drug. When you drink it, you’re drugging yourself, and if you think that drinking it doesn’t count because your drug of choice is different, you are wrong. If an alcoholic were to start smoking heroin, would that count? The same goes for all drugs: just because you’re not using your drug of choice, doesn’t mean you’re not using, nor does it mean that you are safe from the disease of addiction.
Too many people whose drug of choice differs from alcohol will pick up a drink because they say they’re not addicted to it. Whether or not you’re addicted to it doesn’t matter; you have the disease of addiction which translates into the disease of more. What happens if you have one too many beers and a line of cocaine starts sounding like a good idea? Or maybe after that last glass of wine, someone hands you a Percocet or a valium, and you take it? Alcohol clouds your judgment, and causes you to do things you normally wouldn’t when sober. If you want to stay clean and sober, don’t drink, it’s that simple.
Those are simple instructions, but far too many people get taken out of recovery because they thought they could try something that wasn’t their drug of choice, and it turned ugly. No matter what it is, if it’s a drug and you take it, you are waking up your disease. Convincing you that you can do this or that because it wasn’t your favorite, is one of the ways it goes around your drug of choice, leads you to another, and eventually brings you right back to it. It is cunning, baffling, and powerful. The minute you put an addictive chemical in your body, all bets are off.
At The Lakehouse Recovery Center, we will show you what it’s like to live your life out of the clutches of addiction. Life is hard when you’re controlled by your drug, and we have the solution. When you come here, you will not be alone, and you will begin to enjoy life again. There’s no reason to wait any longer. Give us a call, we are available toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707. This is your chance to change your life. You can recover. Call today.