There always comes a certain tipping point. There is always a final straw. You encounter something or go through something that makes you say "Okay this is the last time this is happening to me. Enough is enough". What was it that made you go "Things can't get any worse than this. I need to get better". I know that real life isn't as cliche as movies or books but a lot of my friends who have struggled with addiction and drug abuse, relate a certain story or moment when they decided that their life was the worst it had ever been and that something needed to change. For some it was a very abstract thought and they didn't actually decide to turn their life around then and there. They just realized that something needed to change and it couldn't go on like this forever. One of my friends, who will remain unnamed, put his girlfriend's life in serious danger on a bad drinking binge. He got into a fight with some nasty people at a bar. He actually owed them money and they decided to take it out on him and his girlfriend. He woke up the next day black out drunk in a park. As soon as he woke up, he feared for his girlfriend's safety because he remembered the fight and he remembered them harassing her. When he met up with her later, she told him they had harassed her for a very long time before a bartender and some other people stepped in and stopped it. She had no other option but to leave her drunk boyfriend in the bar and flee. She had been so scared she had forgotten her way home. That was when he decided he couldn't keep putting his girlfriend in danger because of his habit. He knew something had to change. I know a lot worse could have happened but I guess this was enough of a wake-up call for him. What was yours?