3 Reasons to Not Waste Time Before Getting Sober

Addiction to drugs like Tramadol is a tricky disease. It affects a person’s thinking and behavior, distorting the reality around her. When a person makes the decision to get sober, she should find treatment immediately. Readiness for change is a powerful tool for getting better and the key to stay sober.

  1. Getting Treatment Early on Produces Better Outcomes

Addiction to drugs like Tramadol is a chronic disease that can worsen over time. A person may experience more symptoms, such as more lost days at work or trouble maintaining a relationship, as the disease progresses. Over time, neural connections in the brain may be damaged. A person’s memory and thinking may be affected. The longer an addiction goes on, the more treatment a person requires before getting better. Addiction treatments must be individualized to be the most effective. Treatments also must be tailored based on the types of substances a person uses and how long she has been using drugs or alcohol.[1]

Addiction also commonly occurs with other disorders, including physical and mental disorders. A person with an addiction is more likely to develop lung or cardiovascular disease, stroke or cancer. Mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia also are more common. An addiction may bring on a mental health condition earlier or make mental health symptoms worse.[2]

  1. Addiction Destroys Quality of Life

There are many addiction symptoms, but one of the most destructive parts of the disease is the compulsion a person feels for her drug of choice. Since she will devote all of her free time to taking or finding more of the drug like Tramadol, she becomes numb to the reality of her world. The people she loves fade into the background, and she forgets how it feels to be free of cravings. Since addictive substances change the brain’s ability to feel pleasure or satisfaction naturally, a person can become numb to all emotions. Drugs that made her feel good at first, now just make her feel normal. Seeking out treatment means finding a way to regain normal emotions. Evidence-based therapies allow the brain to form new connections and gradually overcome the strong cravings of addiction.[3]

  1. Immediate Action Produces Lasting Change

It’s challenging to change old thoughts and behaviors. Waiting for another time to get help is too often the same as never getting help. Living day to day is one of the number one ways a person learns to stay sober. By taking each moment as it comes, each craving or temptation to use is a small thought instead of an overwhelming obstacle. The ability to learn to manage cravings and reduce stress gives a person the chance to find joy and build a fulfilling life.[4]

Procrastination, on the other hand, makes it too easy to avoid the positive things that come from making a change. In a study on procrastination, Harvard researchers found people were more likely to avoid doing positive things for the future because they acted more in favor of current desires. It’s easy to eat a doughnut in the present because the payoff happens immediately, but it’s harder to avoid the doughnut just because it may lead to weight gain some day. To make better immediate decisions, imagine the future after seeking addiction treatment. The decision becomes even more likely by enlisting the support of a friend or counselor. By becoming accountable to another person and expressing a desire to get help, it’s more likely someone suffering with addiction will get into treatment.[5]

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Learning to live a sober life is an ongoing process. Often a person learns valuable coping skills and lessons about herself that give her a chance to live a fulfilling life not possible before. An added advantage of gaining sobriety is the opportunity to help others. Sometimes a person can start on his own path to sobriety just by seeing the example of another person who made it happen.

If you or a loved one is suffering with a mental illness or addiction to drugs like Tramadol, please call us today. Our admissions coordinators help people find the treatment they need. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at our toll-free helpline. Do not hesitate to reach out for more information. Call us today!

[1] National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). (2014). Drug Abuse and Addiction. Retrieved Nov. 29, 2015 from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/drug-abuse-addiction.

[2] NIDA. (2014). Addiction and Health. Retrieved Nov. 29, 2015 from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/addiction-health.

[3] Mayo Clinic Staff. (2014). Drug Addiction. Retrieved Nov. 29, 2015 from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/drug-addiction/basics/symptoms/con-20020970.

[4] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2010). The Next Step Toward A Better Life. Retrieved Nov. 29, 2015 from http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA14-4474/SMA14-4474.pdf.

[5] Clear, James. (2015). Two Harvard Professors Reveal One Reason Our Brains Love to Procrastinate. Retrieved Nov. 29, 2015 from http://jamesclear.com/time-inconsistency.