A dry drunk is someone who is abstaining from alcohol or drugs and still hasn’t found inner-peace or happiness in life. It is someone who just stopped using but didn’t work on themselves at all. You basically took away the drugs and alcohol but are still the same person; you just don’t have your solution anymore (getting high or drunk). I’ve thought of 9 signs you are a dry drunk.
9 Signs You Are a Dry Drunk…
1. You are very easily annoyed and always on edge (the fact that you’re breathing is really bothering me right now)
2. Being alone with your thoughts without distraction sounds like a cruel and unusual punishment (how am I expected to be alone with myself?)
3. Whenever you run into someone you know, you do everything in your power to avoid the ‘stop and chat’ (I’d do anything to avoid making small talk with a friend)
4. There are points in the day when you literally beg to be taken out of your misery (because even though you’re miserable, you aren’t going to drink or get high, for now….)
5. You don’t care about other people’s problems; and because of this you are a terrible listener (it’ll be okay, shhh no one really cares about your problems)
6. You hate people instantly upon meeting them, especially if they are super happy people (even though we just met, I seem to feel this strong amount of hate towards you)
7. When someone asks you if you’re sober, you react intensely about it (why are you people always asking me this, YES I AM!!!)
8. When friends try telling jokes or try to make you laugh you are not impressed or amused (not impressed, you guys aren’t funny at all)
9. When driving, your road rage is so bad that you see red and it is enough to bring you to tears (you better check yourself, before you wreck yourself)
These are just some signs of how to tell if you’re a dry drunk. You have to take into consideration that the signs are different for each person and what might be a dry drunk sign for one person is just a bad day for another. You’ve put down the drugs and alcohol now so the next step is to be happy and at peace with yourself; go to a meeting or ask help from someone you know who is recovering from addiction. For me, I didn’t get sober to continue being miserable and I’m sure you didn’t either. If you know a dry drunk, sometimes they have to be in their misery for a while before they are willing to accept help so don’t overdo it on offering help to them. You want to be there for someone but don’t be overly pushy about it. This blog is about poking fun at being a dry drunk but it can be a big deal and can lead to serious depression. There is nothing you can do for that dry drunk friend of yours if they don’t want to help themselves; all you can do is keep working on you! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.