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Rehab is an Opportunity, Not an Obstacle



Most of the time a person with an addiction will spend a lot of time trying to control their substance abuse on their own before finally asking for help. During this time, you fight against drinking or using drugs without any structure or help. You try to prove to yourself that you can quit anytime you want to. But no matter what you tell yourself, you end up drinking or using again.

The good news is that trying to convince yourself you’re not addicted is a necessary step. Without it, you may never admit your problem or ask for help.

The following are some common questions and concerns about whether rehab is the right next step for you. We hope you find the answers that you’re looking for.

You Have a Substance Abuse Problem

  • My family thinks I have a substance abuse problem. How do I know? If you’re reading this, chances are you have some concerns. If you have doubts, rehab is a great opportunity to get back on track. Let’s look at it this way: If you fall off a cliff, but haven’t yet hit the ground, you’re not dead, right? However, if you don’t stop the fall, something bad is going to happen!
  • Are there warning signs? Using drugs or alcohol regularly is just a step away from addiction. These are some warning signs:
    • Relying on drugs or alcohol to have fun, forget problems or relax.
    • Building an increased tolerance, so you gradually need more to get the same feeling.
    • Drinking or using drugs while you’re alone.
    • Withdrawing or keeping secrets from friends or family.
    • Losing interest in activities that used to be important.
    • Lying, stealing, or selling stuff to get money for drugs or alcohol.
  • Does substance abuse cause depression? Physical appearance and motivation are two areas affected by substance abuse. Feeling low after using drugs or alcohol is common. This can be from the substance itself, or result from something you did when you were high. For people who use drugs or alcohol to cope with depression, drug use can make the depression worse.
  • Will rehab help with my depression, anxiety or OCD? Often substance abuse results from another disorder. If you have depression, anxiety or OCD, treatment provides an opportunity to address those co-occurring disorders along with substance abuse disorders.

I’ll Quit When I’m Ready

  • What if I just cut back for a while? Alcohol and drug addiction don’t happen overnight. Cutting back is not the only thing you need to get past addiction. If it was that simple, anyone could do it. There are medical and chemical changes that make getting sober challenging. Detox should never be attempted alone. Medical supervision is necessary. There are also medications to ease symptoms and keep you safe. While you are getting better, there are also medications to reduce your cravings.
If You Know Someone Who Needs Help Call Our 24 Addiction Hotline: 800-910-3734

Addiction and Alcoholism as a Disease

  • How do I avoid the stigma associated with going to rehab? Unfortunately, many people see addiction as a weakness. It’s important to recognize that it’s a complex disease. Don’t let pride get in the way. If you were a diabetic, you would take insulin; so why deny yourself the medical care needed to overcome addiction?
  • If I need to quit, can I do it on my own? Many people think they can power through recovery on their own. But it’s difficult to step back and get an objective view of what’s going on. You may not understand the problems your substance abuse has caused. Treatment provides an opportunity to learn tools to deal with life more effectively.
  • Will treatment cure my addiction? Addiction is a chronic disease. You will always have it. In treatment, you have time to heal. You can practice healthy choices. You will develop a plan to continue living clean and sober after leaving rehab.

Benefits of Formal Drug and Alcohol Treatment

  • How will treatment improve my life? There are four major benefits of drug or alcohol rehab:
    • Medical Detox. Because detox is dangerous, it should never be done without medical supervision.
    • Residential Programs. Living in a controlled environment provides 24-hour medical and emotional support.
    • Outpatient Programs. Sessions focus on education, counseling and learning to cope without drugs and alcohol.
    • Continued Care. Follow-up care after leaving treatment aids your transition to sober living.
  • How long does treatment last? Most rehab programs are for 30, 60, or 90 days. The length depends on your specific needs. After rehab, many people choose to transition by staying in a sober living program or halfway house. These provide a more structured environment during the transition to “normal” life.

Handing Responsibilities During Rehab

  • How do I pay for treatment? Most health insurance programs cover addiction treatment. This includes Medicaid and Medicare. Often treatment centers offer payment plans and financing options. Most family members and friends are impacted by the chaos caused by substance abuse. They may be willing to help cover expenses so you can receive treatment.
  • How will I take care of my children while I’m in treatment? Most treatment centers offer both inpatient and outpatient options for treatment. In extreme cases, there are organizations that specialize in finding temporary homes for children. Having a parent in recovery is a great outcome for children. Short-term care for them will be worth it when they gain a healthy, recovering parent in exchange.

Holding on to a Job

  • Will I lose my job if I go to rehab? Loss of productivity and decreased job performance are common effects of substance abuse. Seeking help is likely to result in you becoming a better worker. Seeking help is often viewed as a positive step by bosses and coworkers. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you can’t be fired for going to rehab. The law protects you when taking a leave of absence from work to go to rehab. However, you may be terminated if you are caught using drugs or drinking while on the job.
  • How do I handle financial issues? Substance abuse affects your performance at work. It can affect your ability to concentrate. Side effects, like hangovers or feelings of “coming down” reduce the ability to focus. Poor performance can ultimately cost you your job. Treatment is an opportunity to improve job performance.Regular drug use is expensive. As the substance abuse worsens, so do financial issues. People who are addicted may resort to illegal activities to secure money for their next fix. Rather than getting worse, your finances will improve when you receive treatment for your substance abuse.
If You Know Someone Who Needs Help Call Our 24 Addiction Hotline: 800-910-3734

Choosing a Treatment Center

  • How do I know what treatment center is best for me? Treatment programs are not “one size fits all.” The best programs design an individual plan that addresses your specific needs. Good treatment programs include:
    • Therapy, both individual and group.
    • Medication for withdrawal and cravings.
    • Treatment for co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety.
    • Hands-on therapy, such as art, music, or physical activities.

Maintaining a Support System

  1. Will I be able to see my family and friends? Once you have been in treatment for a week or two, family and friends can visit. Interaction with your support system is a vital part of recovery.
  2. Is there help available for my family and friends? There are often programs included in the rehab program to help family members. Substance abuse affects the entire family. Family therapy is an important part of recovery for everyone, including you.

Rehab is an Opportunity

Addiction treatment provides an opportunity to get help. There is medical help and the opportunity to discover the underlying issues that can lead to substance abuse. Family and work relationships can heal or improve. Financial and health issues can be addressed. You can learn ways to make healthy choices. Rehab is an opportunity, never an obstacle.

If You Know Someone Who Needs Help Call Our 24 Addiction Hotline: 800-910-3734

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  1. My sister is 27 and is a heroin addict. She has to make the ultimate decision to go to rehab but I’m just doing a little checking with her. She has Health Traditions insurance- State aide. Do you take this insurance for in patient? Thank you in advance

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