Making the decision to go to rehab, or rehabilitation, is a question that can be easily answered, sometimes. If there are questions that have easy answers- it may be the time to consider a major life change. Change will always be intimidating, whether it is a big change or a small change. The question will vary for some, but they will always come back to the same place.
How Do I Know if I Need Rehab?
If you are thinking rehab may be the next step in your life- it is most likely the next right and best step to take. Although, addiction can be a sneaky disease. Some addicts or alcoholics start out with ‘innocent’ partying. It is a progressive and gradual disease. One day, you may just realize you cannot or will not do certain tasks without a certain substance. There may be a clarifying moment that you realize you are sacrificing important things and moments in your life to go and get your drug of choice or a sip of booze. Looking forward to that drink after a hard day’s work gradually becoming a day after day activity. That thought of ‘ this couldn’t happen to me’ is the progression of addiction talking. It can be very hard to admit that you may have lost control of certain, or all, aspects of your life. But where there is darkness- there is light.
What Can Rehab Do for Me?
Rehab is not the only option for someone looking for help. There are different types of help out there. An intensive inpatient program that is highly recommended for those that have tried to quit and just couldn’t succeed on their own. Drugs like benzodiazepines and alcohol cause withdrawal symptoms that need to be supervised by a medical professional. Those can be deadly. Drugs, like cocaine, meth, or prescription pills may be too easy to get to overcome the withdrawal symptoms alone. Withdrawal symptoms keep a lot of addicts and alcoholics using. They are painful and scary. There is help with that, too.
The first step in a rehab setting is detox. Detox is a medically supervised first step that can help with all different sorts of withdrawal symptoms. Opiate withdrawal symptoms are so painful that certain medications can be prescribed to help that addict get through that first week to week and a half. Detox gives you time to get that drug out of your system. Your brain may take longer to chemically regulate itself. That is another reason rehab settings are so highly recommended. A residential setting helps because there are always medical professionals, recovery specialists, and peers around for support. While getting through the first month or so support is extremely important because you are still trying to figure out life without substances. Life without substances may sound boring to an addict or alcoholic, but the people you meet in a sober community have more fun than a struggling addict does.
Aftercare will be set up after a stay in rehab with your recovery specialist. Going right back to the life you lived before can sometimes lead right into a relapse. After getting off of drugs, sober living begins. The goal becomes long-term sobriety. That is possible. With an aftercare plan that works for you can help you day-to-day after leaving rehab. Aftercare programs will be created for you to accommodate your lifestyle, employment, and family life.
Why Rehab is So Important?
Programs like detox, rehab, and aftercare programs help addicts and alcoholics get off the drugs and booze, help teach how gratifying sober life can be, and show that sober living can be rewarding. Addiction is a family disease. It affects your family and friends. Your loved ones and friends may look at you making the decision to get help as the strongest thing you ever do. It is a hard decision to make, but there is nothing braver than admitting you need help and getting it. There has been a lot of research and funding that has been out into why and how rehabs help our nation’s addiction epidemic. Anyone looking for help has access to it. Anyone looking for help can get help to help find a rehab near you. Recovery specialists will help find a program that will be best for you.
Addiction is a disease that forces you to isolate. It is an extremely lonely disease. On the flip side, being sober you now become a part of a community. You meet people that understand you. Feeling lonely will keep you using, but that isn’t the way it has to be. Rehabs are there to help with that transition from being and feeling so alone to becoming a part of something bigger than yourself. If help is something you need- reach out. It is always there for someone looking to change their life for the better. It is, you are, worth it.