Most of us like a good party. There’s just something in our DNA that seems to make us enjoy hanging out with good people, having good fun, and not doing any work. Here in Los Angeles in particular, partying can sometimes feel like it comes with the territory of being a young man in one of the nation’s busiest cities– and there’s no denying that a good party can often seem like a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and unwind.
For many of us, though, partying could also spell danger– especially when it involves drugs and alcohol. When we begin abusing alcohol and drugs all in the name of a good time, what seemed to us to be innocent fun could quite quickly descend into something much worse.
While it is true that addiction treatment centers and sober living homes like The Last House are well-equipped to help us beat addiction, being able to identify the warning signs that tell us our “good time” may be putting our lives in jeopardy can ensure we get the help we need as soon as possible.
There’s nothing like a good Los Angeles party– but we don’t need drugs or alcohol to help us enjoy ourselves.
How can young men realize the party’s over?
As young men, it can sometimes feel like the luxuries we get to enjoy are few and far between. Between providing for our families, taking care of our parents, and handling our responsibilities, partying can almost seem like a saving grace after a tough day, a long week, or just hours of sitting in Los Angeles traffic. When we drink too much or use any drugs, however, we’re not saving ourselves from anything. In fact, we could be putting our lives at risk.
A telltale sign that the party’s over is when we continue our substance use even after clearly experiencing negative consequences as a result. The National Council on Drug and Alcohol Independence names personal health, relationships, and jobs as the first three areas in our lives that we may see suffer from sustained substance abuse. Perhaps we’ve partied hard every weekend for a month straight, and noticed that our spousal relationship has become more volatile, received warnings from our bosses regarding our performance, or even started experiencing physical signs of strain like frequent headaches or nausea. If these indicators aren’t enough to get us to stop using, we may need to consider addiction treatment options.
Another sign that we may need help is when we find ourselves passing up opportunities to engage in other activities that don’t involve drinking or using substances. Medical News Today coins this action “recreational sacrificing.” There’s a good chance that substance use has begun to take over when activities we would have enjoyed or attended without question in the past have now become activities that we excuse ourselves from more often than not. With the amount of activities we can enjoy on any given day here in Los Angeles, if partying with drugs and alcohol seems to be the only thing of any interest to us anymore, getting sober likely needs to be a priority.
Tolerance levels are also vital indicators that addiction isn’t far down the road. As we continue to use drugs or alcohol, our bodies get used to their presence and begin to demand more in order to achieve the same highs. Where three tequila shots may have gotten us drunk a few months ago, we may now need double to achieve the same effect. As young men, the negative repercussions of tolerance are two-fold. Not only do increased tolerance levels indicate a need for addiction treatment– they also spell danger for our liver and bodily functions. The more of a substance we consume, the more damage it does to our bodies.
What we choose to sacrifice in order to use can also be a warning sign of serious trouble. According to a study found in the scientific journal Psychopharmacology, as we become addicted to a substance, our brains actually become rewired to take incredibly large risks and make incredible sacrifices in order to maintain access or a supply to that substance. If we find ourselves gambling away cab money to get one more drink– knowing we have no other way to get back home through busy Los Angeles traffic– an addiction treatment plan may be right for us.
Other signs that substance use has become a problem include going from casual partying to feeling like we need a substance to survive or deal with our problems, making excuses when others attempt to confront us about getting sober, manipulating others to supply or support our addiction, simply being unable to limit how much we use, and attempting to keep our use secret or hidden from those who care about us.
When we realize the party is over, addiction treatment and sober living facilities like The Last House are here to help young men focus on getting sober. Again, while everyone loves a good Los Angeles party, there can be a thin line between being the life of the party and risking our lives with substances.
The Last House is a men’s sober living facility in West Los Angeles that specializes in turning our young men into scholars and gentlemen. Through modalities that build confidence, camaraderie, and self-reliance, we help our men realize just how rewarding getting sober can be. Addiction treatment for young men isn’t always easy, but the journey to sobriety is always worth the bumps in the road. We know what our clients need to become the confident gentlemen they can be, and we don’t stop until they get there. Call 1-866-677-0090 to get started with The Last House today.