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Do I Have to Give up Fun to Get Sober?

Do I Have to Give up Fun to Get Sober?When asked if sobriety puts an end to fun, addicts in Albuquerque often hear the expected “no” with skepticism. They imagine people will say anything to get them into treatment and that includes using a liberal definition of what constitutes fun. Addiction essentially hijacks the reward center in the brain, and the abused substance soon becomes the only trigger to release pleasurable surges of dopamine. Once sobriety and treatment begin, the brain slowly starts to reset itself, but without the drug or alcohol, the patient’s sense of fun might seem limited. Take comfort in the fact that this does not last. As the brain heals itself, other stimuli will once again be able to trigger dopamine. Rather than give up fun in sobriety, the recovering addict can enjoy more fun than he or she has experienced since before the substance abuse began.

Myths about Sobriety

Albuquerque residents often want to know what they must give up or change to get sober. There are a lot of misconceptions about addiction recovery including the following:

  • You must give up all your friends
  • You can never enter a club, bar or entertainment venue again
  • You have to stop doing everything you love

While you obviously give up the abused substance, everything else depends on the individual. Proper treatment wants the patient to enjoy as many life experiences as possible, but it also wants to limit opportunities for relapse. To empower the patient rehab provides the following:

  • Evaluation of drug-use triggers – A trigger can be a place, person or memory that recalls the emotional high of past drug use, and it can often motivate a relapse. Rehab helps the patient recognize his or her drug-use triggers and how to avoid or resist them.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Rehab utilizes behavioral tools to help patients improve their life skills by changing the way they think. A shift in thought process can impact the way a person feels and acts.
  • Dual Diagnosis care – Rehab provides integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health issues like depression or anxiety. There is considerable overlap between addiction and mood disorders, and the most effective care addresses both.

Once a treatment center puts these tools to work, it is easier to assess what a patient can or cannot handle at a particular time.

Substance Abuse Treatment for Albuquerque Residents

If you are struggling with addiction or worried about life after recovery, call our toll-free helpline. Our counselors are here 24 hours a day to talk with you about your fears and concerns and make recommendations for treatment options and rehab facilities. Fun does not stop with sobriety, but it can end with addiction. Call now.