Getting Sober Young
Getting sober is hard; getting sober young, is even harder. If you are in your teens or early to mid-20’s, it may seem like everyone around you is partying just as hard as you do. It’s true that a lot of people during these years drink and experiment with drugs, but it’s also true that many of them aren’t addicts or alcoholics. They can stop, and we can’t. If you have been struggling with the disease of addiction, you are not like other people, and you never will be. It’s a hard truth, but the sooner you accept it, the sooner you can begin to recover.
Turning 21 years old is a big deal for a lot of people. For some of us, the party had been going on long before that big birthday. In fact, the party ended and now it’s just the misery of drinking and using, coupled with all the problems that come with addiction.
You feel done, but you’re not sure because you think everyone else is doing the same thing. You also don’t want to miss out on bars, trips to Vegas, etc. The thing is, you are done. No matter how hard you try or how much you want to be able to drink and use drugs like a “normal” person, it will never be fun for you again.
You Are Not Alone in Addiction
Once we cross the line of addiction, there’s no going back. You might feel left out when others are getting loaded on Saturday night, but if you were to join in, you will pick up right where you left off, only worse. They will go on about their life, and you will be fighting for yours. People that don’t have the disease of addiction are able to stop drinking or using, and not give it a second thought. For us though, the instant we pick up a drink or a drug, all bets are off, and we have no idea what will happen or where we will end up.
You are not alone in this. There are many others that are your age who no longer drink or use. The party ended for them, too, but the real fun has only begun. When everyone else is nursing a hangover and embarrassed about the night before, they’re out hiking to the bungee jump trestle bridge on a Sunday morning, or catching a sunrise surf session. So who’s really missing out? If you truly want to begin enjoying your life, give us a call. At the Lakehouse Recovery Center, you will meet new friends who feel the same way, and the only thing you will miss out on, is continuing to live a life consumed by addiction. We are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707. You can recover, your life can change, and you can do this.