How to Keep Partying from Fueling Your Addiction

Has your partying gotten to be too much? Does it feel like what used to be a good time has now negatively impacted your life in more ways than you could have imagined? The truth is, unfortunately, that partying too much (or “partying too hard”) can harm your health, your job, your freedom, your future, and so much else. That said, there are steps you can take should you find that your partying (and subsequent substance abuse) has gotten to be too much in your life. 

Cut Back Step by Step 

The people who try to quit things “cold turkey,” so to speak, usually find that it’s impossible. Going from one extreme to another can make it very difficult to quit. So, if you’re partying several nights a week, getting drunk/high each time, just stopping, all at once, may feel or seem impossible. So, try doing so in little steps. Cut out one night of partying. Then maybe another. Another idea: significantly cut down the substances you consume at the party. That means maybe having one less drink, then maybe two, etc. (with a similar analogy for drug use as well). 

Safety in Numbers – and With Friends 

You might have read the last paragraph and thought: “I can’t do that by myself.” That’s fine! You don’t have to do it by yourself. Enlist your friends to help. Tell them about your concerns, and ask that they help and look after you. People who really care about you, who really do want to see you be healthy and happy will be more than glad to assist. (the opposite, unfortunately, is also true- those that would mock you or be unhelpful are not people who are really looking out for or care all that much about you.) A great way to make this easier on everyone: plan fun times and get-togethers that don’t involve substances. 

Reach Out to the Professionals 

The above can work for many people. However, there are those that it won’t work for, that may need more help. The good news is: if that’s you or someone you care about, help is available. At our facility, we can help you to get all of the care that you need. Our trained staff is ready to answer any questions you might have, or even just to provide further information about how you can improve your health or that of someone you care about. 

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