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When is the Right Time to Choose Sobriety?

You may know that you need to quit drugs or drinking but you may keep putting it off. You might have work, school, or family commitments that you don’t feel you can take a break from. It never seems like a good time. The problem is that, for most people, the perfect time never comes. There is always an excuse to wait.

It’s true that getting sober will be inconvenient. You have to detox, which will take at least a week or two. Inpatient treatment programs typically last 30 to 90 days and sometimes more. It might feel impossible to free up that kind of time to devote to sobriety. Even if you only start going to AA or NA meetings, you’re embarking on a major life change. It’s not just about finding an extra hour in your schedule.

You may worry that taking the time off work will hurt your career or your studies. This sort of calculation is a bit specious because your addiction will have a far worse impact on your career or studies if you don’t do something about it. It’s only a matter of time before your performance suffers. The longer you let it slide, the longer it will take you to get back to where you were.

The bottom line is that companies want sober employees, universities want sober students, and kids want sober parents. You may feel like you are letting them down by taking time to get sober, but in reality, it’s best thing you can do to be there for them in the long run. It’s better for everyone.

To paraphrase the old saying, the best time to get sober was 10 years ago; the second best time is now. The third best time is a specific date in the near future. That is, sometimes it really is a bad time, but if you have decided to get sober and you can’t start immediately for some reason, make a firm commitment for when you will start. Share it with your friends or family, or just someone who can hold you accountable.

Keep in mind that not all programs are the same. Although it’s best to do an inpatient treatment program to get your recovery off to a good start, there are many treatment options. You might do a clinical detox, then outpatient treatment, or go to meetings and see a therapist. Treatment is not an all-or-nothing proposition. You don’t have to spend 90 days in a residential facility. You just have to do something that takes you in the direction of sobriety, and do it soon.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help. We offer medical detox and we can help you find the best treatment options to help you continue in recovery. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.