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5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Addiction

There are a million reasons you should quit doing something you’re addicted too. I mean, an addiction is defined by continuing a behavior despite negative consequences. So if you’re already addicted, chances are you’ve been already given some good reasons to quit-whether they are financial, legal, moral, relationship-based, or otherwise. Here are 5 more reasons you should quit your addiction, or at least 5 reasons why I quit mine.

5 Reasons You Should Quit Your Addiction: Cost

An addiction is expensive, and not just in money that you spend on the substance itself, but also in terms of job loss, legal troubles, cost of healthcare, and the cost of not advancing in your field. If I could add up all the money I’ve spent on drugs and alcohol, both directly and indirectly, I’d be sitting pretty. And that’s not even counting the money I’ve spend on drug and alcohol treatment, which is not cheap.

5 Reasons You Should Quit Your Addiction: Physical Health

Ever hear that saying “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired”? When I was using drugs, “sick and tired” was my constant state. I never woke up feeling good, and towards the end, I had to use drugs and alcohol just to feel normal. I didn’t have the energy to focus on anything but getting what I needed to get through the day.

5 Reasons You Should Quit Your Addiction: Emotional Well-Being

Towards the end of my addiction, I cried every day; every single day. I was depressed and anxious. I was restless, irritable, and discontent. I saw what my life had become and it was disheartening. I remembered when I had actual goals in my life, and realized I didn’t have any chance of accomplishing anything in my current state. My family didn’t trust me. I didn’t have any true friends.

5 Reasons You Should Quit Your Addiction: Family

Do you know what it feels like to hurt the people you love most over and over again? Or to not be invited to family holiday celebrations? I do. And trust me, it does not feel good. I became the black sheep, the one no one wanted to talk about. I saw the pain in my mother’s eyes when I would lie, cheat, and steal. My dad just refused to see or talk to me at all. Why would I want to keep hurting these people who loved me so much?

5 Reasons You Should Quit Your Addiction: The Need

My addiction became more important than anything and everything else in my life. I was a slave to it, and it dictated what I did every single day. It was my first thought when I woke up, and the last thought before going to bed. I obsessed over it. I craved it. I had to have it, no matter the cost. My days became an endless cycle of getting money, finding drugs, and using drugs. It turned me into a person I didn’t know, like, or recognize. Every day was the same, and I couldn’t see the end. I was hopeless and helpless, and it was a horrible feeling. Every day I’d promise myself that this was the last day, that I wouldn’t do it again, and every day I’d be right back where I started.

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