Alcohol Rehab and Healthy Relationships

Before I went into alcohol rehab, it seemed like I could never hold down a solid group of friends. I would cycle through different groups -- all throughout high school, all throughout college and all the years thereafter. I took a "woe is me" kind of perspective on it. I thought maybe I was just not meant to hold down a solid, life-long friend. Before alcohol rehab, I didn't consider be possibility that there was something I was doing --or not doing-- and the result(s) was the loss of friendships.

Finally something clicked, right before I decided to go to alcohol rehab, and probably the reason that I ultimately agreed to go to alcohol rehab, was when my one friend explained, "you are a different person when you're drunk." I countered with, "well isn't everyone a different version of themselves when they are drunk?!" She considered this and got a little more honest with her next comment: "I don't like who you are when you're drunk. You're angry. You're violent. You're a liability. I don't want to babysit you anymore. I don't need people like that in my life. I don't need you in my life when you're messed up like that."

It hit me: maybe that is what everyone else has been thinking all along. Maybe that is why I always had to find new friends after a certain amount of time. She changed my life that day. Post alcohol rehab, I have been able to develop more friendships and sustain them. My relationships are healthier than they were in the past because I am not the self-destructive person that I was back then. Alcohol rehab taught me healthier ways to deal with my anger other than drinking until I couldn't drink anymore. I have been sober for 183 days. I take it one day at a time. I take what I learned at alcohol rehab everywhere I go and I have never been more thankful in my life.

Contact the National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) anytime toll-free at (800) 784-6776 or through our online form, and we will recommend the leading drug and alcohol rehab centers for you or your loved one.

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