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Happy Hour: When It’s No Longer Happy and It Doesn’t Last an Hour

So long are the days when meeting up with co-workers for happy hour meant enjoying one, maybe two drinks. You may have found yourself frequenting your drinking hole more often, or circulating your spots so as not to seem like a regular. Your friends and co-workers don’t join you like they used to, and you often find yourself alone, drinking more than you had planned, and wondering where it all went wrong.

You are not the only one who has experienced this loneliness. For many of us, drinking started out fun, but ended up progressing through these three stages:

All Fun

We go out with friends occasionally, we get home safely, we remember what happened the night before, and we don’t have a desire to drink again for a while.

Fun, but with Some Problems 

Our friends may still meet us occasionally, but sometimes we drink too much and may say or do things that cause issues, and they begin to pull away. We may be driving when we shouldn’t or partaking in other risky behaviors.

All Problems

Drinking has become our focus. We may have been arrested for DUI, domestic violence, or drunk in public. Our work is struggling, or we may have been fired. Our relationships are in shambles.

It’s easy to see the downward progression on paper, but when it’s our own life, addiction puts blinders on us and we’re in deep trouble before we realize it. Drinking was a lot of fun until it wasn’t. It turns into an exhausting cycle of maintenance that we desperately want out of, but can’t seem to escape. We get to the point where we are just sick and tired of being sick and tired.

If you are to the point where you don’t want to live like this anymore, we can help. You don’t have to feel the way you do now, ever again. Give us a call, we can safely and comfortably detox you off alcohol and any other drugs you may be taking. You do not have to do this alone, nor should you. Recovery is possible, and a new way of living can begin today.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be the end of your story. Make a safe and comfortable detox the first chapter. The Serenity Recovery Center, conveniently located at the Encino Hospital Medical Center, offers a home-like environment for all stages of detox so you can begin your recovery in a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit. Call us today: 866.294.9401