To go to Rehab or Not that’s the question.
You may be tempted to think you’re alone, but the problem of addiction is widespread. In 2014 alone, over 14 million people were alcoholics, 4.5 more had problems with other drugs and a little above 2.5 million abused both drugs and alcohol. Just imagine how many more people are out there that have stayed silent about their addiction.
For those of you that may have been struggling in silence with those addictions, trust and believe you’re not alone. Luckily for you, just as the problem of addiction is widespread throughout the country and all over the world, so are rehab facilities to help you overcome your addictions.
There are thousands of rehab facilities out there that can help you, but you are the one that needs to have that desire to quit the addiction. You just need to reach out and find the right recovery program designed to meet your needs.
In this article, we will provide you with a list of things to consider before committing yourself to any rehab program. The outcome of any rehab program is actually as good as what you put into the program yourself, so be very careful before committing your heart and your money to any program is very important.
1. First and Foremost, are you still in denial?
I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s up to you and not the treatment center first and foremost. Do you want to quit? Do you feel you need that kick in the ass to get going and stop? Do you have ANY DOUBTS about quitting whatsoever? Okay, let’s move on.
Deep down, in the subconscious, our mind is clearly aware of the truth, knows what we truly want and in the end, it is this subconscious truth that will prevail.
When it comes to finding the right rehab program and quitting an addiction, it is often best to sit down and think carefully about what you really want.
So many times addicts/alcoholics are pushed into going to rehab when in truth they are not willing. Some addicts and alcoholics will go into a rehab program not because they feel it is the right thing for them to do. It’s because at the moment they see it as a necessity or a means of getting their family and friends off their backs.
With this state of mind, a recovery program will only take them so far before relapse a happens.
If you’re trying to quit your addiction because you’re truly sick and tired of the drugs and/or alcohol and have understood how it’s robbing you of your life, family and friends, then you’ll find you have the right motivation to stop. Then and only then should you consider entering a rehab program.
2. Will you need to Detox?
Once you’ve figured out where you stand in your mind and your feeling towards your problem, the next step is to figure out if you’ll be in need of a detox.
Detoxification can be seen as a period of weaning from the substance you’ve been abusing. It involves cutting you off your supply and getting your body clean.
There are two types of detox;
1. Medically Assisted (or supervised detox) done under the care of a team of health professionals, medical and mental.
2. Clinically Managed (or social detox) short-term strategy for someone wanting to quit w/support such as peers and other health care professional.
Detox is recommended for anyone who developed an addiction and should be the first step once making a decision to enter treatment.
So when looking for a rehab center, you may want to look for one that offers a special detox program for the substance you’re trying to quit.
There is no set time for detox to be completed it can take as little as hours to days and weeks. There is so much more to detox and careful considerations should be made in regards to it.
3. What type of program are you looking for?
There are basically two types of rehab programs for addicts and alcoholics: residential and outpatient programs. Residential programs allow the addict to create a structure of life, not involving alcohol or drugs. In this 24-hour structured setting, you are able to gather the techniques and coping skills required to help with your addiction once you’ve completed your stay. While in outpatient programs, addicts are able to attend recovery groups and classes while maintaining their home life and work. This all depends on the addict and the severity of the addiction.
Both programs have their own advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you to find the program that will best suit your own personal needs.
Also, while within a residential treatment facility, clients have what is known as a blackout period some rehabs have it the entire time a client is in their facility some may not even have it. When they have the urge for the substance, they will learn to curb it because they will have no access to such substances within the facility and not be able to contact someone to bring it into them.
But residential programs are not very convenient for everyone. Not everyone can abandon their life and work for a week, month, or for as long as it takes to recover from addiction. The cost of residential treatment is also sometimes ridiculously expensive compared to outpatient services. As such, residential treatment is often recommended for people that have more severe issues.
4. Location: close or far from home?
There are differing opinions about whether it’s best for you to choose a rehab center closer to your home or not.
For one, choosing a residential rehab program closer to your home will be more convenient for your loved ones to come and visit you. Then there is also the fact that old acquaintances can come and drop off some of that old stuff you love.
Another school of thought argues that it’s best you choose a residential program that’s far from your home as this will provide a clean break from all the old things you know and have come to associate with your addiction.
5. Is the treatment individualized?
Recovery can be done in a group or individually. When done individually, you’ll meet with a counselor or a therapist one on one. In this type of treatment, it is often recommended because your confidentiality will be easier to maintain and anything you share with the counselor stays between both of you. Group settings are harder to control and it is asked that people in the group never talk about someone or mention that someone is in this type of setting.
Individual treatments also allow for more comprehensive analysis and treatments of clients, among other advantages. Individualized treatment, however, is very expensive and there will be no one for the addict to associate with and grow that particular beyond the sessions, unlike in groups.
As such, if you tend to find more inspiration from others and will need people’s stories to find the motivation to stop, you may want to opt in for group therapy.
When it comes to stopping an addiction, the kind of rehab program you go to will not determine your success rate. Choosing the right kind of rehab boils down to knowing what you need and your goal for getting into the rehab program in this first place.
If you or a loved one is struggling w/addiction and would like more information, please contact 1-888-633-3239 Please see some of my other scenarios about loved ones and addiction. Scenario 1 / Scenario 2 / Scenario 3
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