January 17, 2019

Why Making a Resolution to Get Sober Matters

Making the Resolution to Get Sober

The new year is a time to reflect and plan for the brand new year ahead. Think about this: Have your relationship with friends and family been stressed over the holiday season? Have family and other loved ones distanced themselves due to your addictions? Or maybe, you feel this way toward a family member or friend of yours? It might be time to make the resolution to get sober.

Approximately 40 percent of Americans make resolutions, viewing the new year as a fresh start. It can be an excellent opportunity to make a step in the right direction and conquer your dependency issues. Taking that first step of making the resolution to get sober can be the most important step in your life in getting your life back, and there is no better time than now.

Where To Start

It can be hard to figure out where to turn for help when you’ve made the resolution to get sober. There are different paths to reach sobriety, that include inpatient treatment and outpatient treatments. Both of these have the focus of getting you to a place of sobriety, and it is important to figure out which is right for you. Each treatment path has its own positive and negatives attributes, depending on the severity of your addiction.

The road to recovery can be a rough one filled with lots of obstacles, and having a helping hand along the way is a great asset. Going through a program designed to get you past your substance dependency and towards a new you, is a resolution worth making.

Assess your life

How do you know if you have an addiction? Are you unsure if you have an issue with substances, or that you have nothing to be concerned about? Do you have any of the major addiction symptoms? Should you make the resolution to get sober?

Here are some big signs that you may have substance dependency issues:

  • Experiencing memory loss, often referred to as “blacking out”
  • Hiding or lying about how much and frequently you are using a substance
  • When you are using alone, first thing in the morning, or at times that are inappropriate and risky
  • Having changes of appearance like flushed skin, broken capillaries, discoloration of eyes
  • Moody behavior resulting in arguments and fighting with family members and friends
  • Mood swings, easily irritable or symptoms of depression
  • Having the feeling you need to use to feel normal, or change mood, or cheer up and relax
  • Having problems getting to sleep when not using
  • Having unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like panic attacks, headaches, tremors and shaking, nightmares, diarrhea, hallucinations, nausea, sweating

Don’t go through it alone.

For many people with substance abuse issues, getting help can be a frightening proposition. Dropping your facade and allowing friends, family, and co-workers to see what’s really going on is putting yourself in a very vulnerable, uncomfortable position. However, making the decision to get sober without help will likely result in a relapse and you could give up, risking your life. Being able to have people supervise you with your addiction recovery in a structured environment is an important step on kicking your dependency, leading you to happy, healthy life free from the prison of addiction.

In our society, people become accustomed to not asking for help. Not wanting to show weakness and admit you have a problem is part of the stigma attached to addiction. Asking for help can be a difficult thing, but is a necessary part of overcoming an addiction. Choosing to move forward and admitting you have a problem is hard to do, but it will start you on the important journey of finding your new, sober self.

Give us a call.

There is no need for procrastination. If you’re not quite ready to talk to friends or family about getting help, we are here to talk with you. Our admissions specialists are available 24 hours a day to confidentially talk with you about any questions you may have.

We can help you sort out any logistics, such as payment and time off work. We work with many insurance companies, and can get it all negotiated and sorted out for you so you have one less thing to worry about. It is time you make decisions you are proud of, repair your relationships with your friends and family and invest in your life. The resolution to get sober will be the best decision you’ve ever made.

About Cliffside Malibu

It’s not too late to make your New Year’s resolution to get sober. If you are looking for a place to start your journey, we have all the resources you will need – and more. With a setting for a peaceful transition into the sober lifestyle, accompanied with amenities that will make your stay the most comfortable, you will be able to focus on beginning your new journey with as little stress as possible. We’re here to make you feel comfortable, happy and ready to start the new year off on the right foot.

Each patient is then matched with one of these five stages of the Transtheoretical Model: Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action and Maintenance. An individualized treatment plan is created based on their current stage of change. This process is in place to ensure that all our patients receive the best treatment path possible for their own specific need. Our goal is to move individuals through their treatment by assessing their readiness for change and formulating stage-matched interventions in order to move them through their respective stage.

It is the policy of Cliffside Malibu to ensure that all individuals who present with chemical dependency issues are assessed for the appropriate level of care. We strive to provide continuum of care including medically supervised detox, residential treatment, day treatment and outpatient services. Services are provided to individuals with a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction. Individuals seeking treatment are assessed by qualified staff to ensure program criteria are met and that each individual admitted is placed in the appropriate level of care for treatment. The program is designed and structured for individuals who are in need of a supportive environment in order to maintain Sobriety.

For more information on Cliffside Malibu, visit cliffsidemalibu.com

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