Accepting that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol is a crucial first step in battling addiction. Seeking treatment should follow. But sometimes, the idea of going to rehab can be scary and overwhelming, and the desire to stay close to loved ones or fear of the unknown can become road blocks, preventing you from getting the help you need.
While addiction treatment isn’t easy, going to rehab is your best chance at reclaiming your life. Below are five (of many) great reasons why you should go to rehab.
It’s true that rehab is rarely ever free, and even with great insurance there may be costs that won’t be covered, but the amount of money you will invest in getting help is nothing compared to the amount of money you are wasting on your addiction. Not only are you spending money on buying drugs or alcohol but your addiction puts your job at risk. Losing your job could leave you in severe debt, bankruptcy, and even homelessness. Going to rehab will not only prevent you from wasting more money on a deadly habit but it will also teach you how to be more responsible and accountable. Many treatment centers also offer education and career assistance that can help get you back on your feet.
Addiction takes a toll on all aspects of your life, including how you interact with those around you. And because addiction drastically changes your personality, it is not uncommon to lose friends and push away loved ones during active addition. Going to rehab allows you to relearn how to be yourself again, practice honesty, and rebuild trust. Many rehab facilities also offer family counseling, which can further help heal the damaged caused by addiction. Over time, relationships can be repaired and in many cases, grow stronger than ever.
Chances are that your current social circle includes others who use drugs or alcohol. This can be very dangerous and hinder your chances of achieving sobriety. Going to rehab allows you to step away from your usual environment, temptation, and triggers. It also allows you to meet others who are going through some of the same things that you are. Being surrounded by individuals who really want to make a positive change in their lives can help you stay motivated on your journey. These people will also become your sober support system; they will go on this journey with you and really understand where you’re coming from because they’ve been there too. And of course, the experienced staff and therapists will be there to help you every step of the way and recommend ways to expand your sober support system, after you complete treatment.
You’ve surely noticed that some people can drink without becoming alcoholics or use drugs just once, but have you ever wondered why you became addicted? The underlying cause for addiction is not always clear, but going to rehab can help shed a light on your addiction. Perhaps you started using as a way of self-medicating to deal with pain, anxiety, depression, stress, or trauma. Maybe you did this without even knowing why you were using. Engaging in therapy will not only help you discover the root of your addiction but also help you address and manage it.
It is no secret that addiction can kill you. Every time you drink alcohol or use drugs, you are taking a chance with your life. Going to rehab could quite literally save your life. And not only do you get to stay alive, but completing treatment allows you to reclaim it and shape it to be whatever you desire. You won’t just be living, you will be thriving.