When you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to imagine that life could be different. Change is scary for everyone, not just addicts, and our misery can almost become comfortable. The day in and day out struggles are all we know- and most of us have been afraid to hope for anything different. But the truth is, people recover from their addictions every single day. Recovery is within reach for anyone who has the desire to be different, and the willingness to walk through their discomfort towards the bight shores of promise. The first step for many people is going to an inpatient addiction treatment center. When we are ruled by fear, our “addict brains” will come up with a multitude of reasons why we should put it off, or avoid going to rehab. Here are 5 terrible reasons to avoid going to treatment- and how to take the opposite action.
- “I’m not that bad.”This is truly one of the most common lies we tell ourselves about our addictions. No matter what, we usually know someone who is “worse” than us, or we feel we have not truly hit rock bottom. But what most of us didn’t realize is that everyone’s “bottom” is different, and all it has to mean is that we have a realization that drugs and/or alcohol are having a negative impact on our lives, but we can’t stop on our own. The point at which you ask for help can be the point at which you start going “up”, instead of further and further down. Rehab isn’t just for people who have lost a house, or a job, or a spouse/family. It’s not just for people who are homeless and knocking on death’s door. If you can honestly say that you can’t stop drinking or using, and that your life has had a negative impact from substances (be it health, emotional, mental, financial, or something even more serious), you can stop there. Rehab can help stop the downward momentum and set you on a path to a better life.
- “I have too many people that depend on me.” Many people use the excuse of kids, spouses, employers, close friends, parents, or siblings, as a reason to not go to inpatient treatment. It may very well be true that you have people depending on you. But the truth is, by continuing to live in active addiction, you are not fully present for them anyways. Addiction tends to turn us into selfish creatures, that are primarily focused on when we can get the next drink or fix. Can you honestly say that you are the best parent/child/spouse/friend/employee that you can be? How often has your drug use or drinking affected whether or not you show up for them, or the quality of time you spend? It’s important that we stress here that not showing up for people is NOT a moral failing. It’s not a weakness, it’s just an unfortunate symptom of the disease of addiction. But the real truth is, if you are an addict or an alcoholic, every time you pick up your substance, you risk your own life- in which case you really won’t be able to show up for your loved ones. Going to rehab is temporary, but while there, you can learn skills and tools that will help you to stay sober, and you can work on improving the relationships in your life with better communication skills and a better attitude.
- “I can’t afford it.” This is a big concern for many people. But it’s not always true, and shouldn’t be used as a point to flat out refuse treatment. Many treatment centers will be willing to work with you to come up with a payment plan that can work within your budget. Further, many have scholarship programs available, or are covered through medicaid. Do your homework- call your local treatment centers and hospitals, and inquire about payment options. Further, your state may have programs in place that provide assistance to people who need addiction treatment but are unable to afford it. It’s worth doing the research, if it may save your life.
- “I’ve been to rehab before and it doesn’t work.” Rehabs are not one size fits all. Even if you have been to a treatment center in the past that didn’t work, another may have programs that are better suited to your needs. For example, if you have mental health issues in addition to a substance problem, a rehab that provides dual diagnosis treatment will be more beneficial than one that does not. Again, do your homework. Ask questions, and figure out what might have been left out in your prior treatments, and find a facility that fits your unique needs. In addition to this, you need to be honest with yourself about your previous experiences. Were you truly open and honest when you went to treatment before? Did you participate, and take an active role in your own recovery? Rehab works for those who work it- your counselors and the rehab staff can help, but ultimately, it is up to you to be open to the experience, and to not hold anything back.
- “Rehab will feel like being in a hospital.”Many people think of rehabs as cold, institutional places with terrible food and uncomfortable cell-like rooms. And certainly, some rehabs are more “bare bones” than others. But if environment is important to you, many rehabs (including Serenity Acres) are designed to feel like home. Everything from the private or semi-private rooms, to the common areas, to dining rooms, and outdoor spaces, are laid out to make you feel as at home as possible. Serenity Acres provides home-cooked meals and gives each client the comfortable space they need to feel like they can relax, and are in a place of healing.
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Don’t let fear and self-doubt win, and keep you from getting the help you need. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, the professional staff at Serenity Acres is ready to help. Call today for your free confidential assessment, to see if inpatient treatment may be the answer you are looking for: 1-800-203-2024.