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Why do some get sober?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Cametobelieve0202, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. Cametobelieve0202

    Cametobelieve0202 Community Champion

    Hello, why do you think some addicts/alcoholics manage to get sober, while others can’t seem to make it to the other side. I feel like the stars literally have to align in order for someone to get sober. In my case I had to hit my rock bottom while remaining open and willing and get treatment when I was infact ready for treatment. Like I had gone through treatment 3 other times before I got sober but...I wasn’t ready to quit, I hadn’t lost enough to my addiction to want to give it up. I barely got sober by the skin of my teeth, like had I made one wrong decision in that first year I would have gone right back. I hope this question makes sense, I’m curious what other people think? What has to happen or what change has to occur for someone to get sober?
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    i think when negative consequences outweigh the positive feelings one gets.... that's when more serious changes will be made. when the pain gets great enough....that's when change is more likely to occur.

    but there are a host of other factors. type of drug. coping skills. environment. emotional maturity. and so much more.
  3. True concern

    True concern Community Champion

    Very thought provoking post.I think there are so many factors at play that it varies far and wide.I cannot answer for anyone but myself. My struggle has been so hard for me because I was raised on Ritalin my entire life well from the age of 6 so when my party day's arrived my mind and body felt like I always have since the introduction of Ritalin to my life,for me it was the norm meth-ritalin one in the same so for me it has been one helluva fight as my mind matured on an amphetamine and I continue to fight because I never had a say in the Ritalin and I will never accept it as the norm.I personally hate all substances to the point I don't even eat salt or drink anything with sugar in it I am simply anti additives or unnecessary substances so honestly I fight them all and will continue my fight until it's done. STAY STRONG AND GOD BLESS
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  4. Joshstillclean

    Joshstillclean Senior Contributor

    An old post but I'm going to share my thoughts on the question.
    I give glory to,God for everyday I stay clean and sober. The truth is I cannot do it. I could rationalize all day and come up with a thousand different reasons why and none of them would really satisfy me.
    I'm sober because I trust God can work miracles in my life.
    I think it is always and mean 100% of the time, a setup for failure for an addict to say I can do this. We have proven over and over again, most to the point of being faced with life or death, we can't.
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