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Am I in a Dry Drunk? 5 Ways to Tell

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If you want to be in recovery, it takes more than just getting sober. While sobriety only requires the cessation of drug or alcohol use, recovery takes more. It takes making changes to your negative thinking and behaviors, your negative self-talk and self-destructive behaviors.

While dry drunks are often seen at the beginning of recovery, they also happen when you become comfortable in your recovery, then complacent. If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol and ready to start on the road to recovery, now’s the time. Call 800-654-0987 today to find out about your treatment options. Act now, it may just be the phone call that saves your life.

If you think you may be in a dry drunk, here are five ways to tell.

You’re Angry and You Don’t Know Why

When you’re in a dry drunk, it can feel like you’re always angry or mad at the world and you don’t even know why. It’s because you’re not making any changes to your destructive and dysfunctional behaviors. You’re still being an addict, you’re just not using.

You’re Glamorizing Your Drinking Days

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Being pessimistic keeps you from truly recovering.

When you’re in a dry drunk, drinking or using drugs seem like it would make you feel better, and you may start to think about your glory days of partying like a rock star. But instead of remembering the hangovers, the cop cars, and the money and time wasted, you glamorize your previous drinking and drug use, only remembering the good times while forgetting the bad.

The Glass Is Half Empty

If you find that you’re always looking at the negative instead of the positive, then you’re probably in a dry drunk. When you’re pessimistic, looking at the world from a glass half empty perspective, you’re not in recovery. Recovery is about being grateful for the day and always trying to make yourself better.

You’re Not Sure the Last Time You Were at a Meeting

When you’re in recovery, it’s important to do the things that support your recovery and one of those things is going to meetings. And staying in treatment. And being healthy. And doing all those things that keep you that way. As soon as one slips, they all start to slip and before long, you find yourself three-quarters of the way through a bottle of Jack.

You’re Inactive

If it seems as if you’re always laying around, never doing anything, than there’s a good chance you’re in a dry drunk. See, recovery is active and when you’re in recovery, you’re active. If you’re not, then it’s not recovery. It’s that simple. So if you’re not doing anything, it’s time to get moving. Get up. Go to a meeting. Call up your sponsor. Do something to find your way back to recovery.

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If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol and sick and tired of being sick and tired, it’s time to call 800-654-0987. Our addiction specialists are standing by to answer your questions and help you find the treatment you need.

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