Addiction, whether to alcohol, recreational drugs, or prescription medication, is a hard obstacle to overcome. Luckily, there are rehab facilities that can help make it easier for you to land on that coveted path of sobriety. Of course, wanting to go to rehab and actually signing on the dotted line for the program are two different things. You may not even be sure of when you should attempt the change.
When is the best time to go to rehab? What questions should I ask before I go? What can I expect when I get there? We’ll here to help answer these questions and more below.
Addiction- It’s a Disease
There is still a stigma involving addiction. Many people believe that addiction is a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It’s neither. When a person starts using drugs or alcohol regularly, changes begin to happen in the brain that causes a compulsion to use over and over again. Those powerful cravings are usually too much for someone to ignore without intervention. However, recovery is always an option no matter how addicted you are and to what. Even if you have tried before and failed, it’s important to remember that you have a disease. Knowing this will help you get through treatment.
The Myth of “Rock Bottom”
Addiction can be a confusing subject. Too many addicts believe that they have to hit a personal rock bottom before getting professional help. Is this you? Are you still holding down a job, taking care of a family, paying bills, or any combination of these scenarios? If so, you may think that you aren’t ready to go into rehab. You’ve read the stories of addicts losing everything before they go into rehab, and you feel as though you are still okay. You may even feel as if you don’t deserve the spot in rehab, that others deserve it more.
This mindset keeps many people from getting the help that they need. You do NOT need to hit any kind of rock bottom to go into rehab, and you do deserve that spot once you are there. For example, a functioning alcoholic can do all the things we just mentioned and more, yet they still need professional help to overcome an addiction. If you are struggling with any kind of alcohol or chemical dependency, you’re a candidate for rehab.
Putting Life on Hold (Or Not!)
There may be a few reasons holding you back from going to rehab-legitimate reasons that make a difference. You may have a job and too many bills to pay to just stop and go into a program. Maybe you are a single parent and need to be at home for your kids. There are reasons why you are hesitant to check out rehab, and they are understandable. However, it’s still time to find a center if you are an addict, and luckily many different facilities cater to all types of situations. In the above scenario, an outpatient rehab will allow you to work around all of your responsibilities while still receiving the help that you need. There are no overnight stays involved with outpatient treatment, but these programs are still proven to work. They offer flexible times that will allow you to stay employed and keep up with your many responsibilities.
Of course, inpatient and residential treatment may be your best bet. If you have the means to check into a 30-day or more program, then this is your time to commit. Your work may be able to provide you with enough leave to enter the program while keeping your job open for you when you come back. If your addiction is severe, or you have gone to outpatient treatment before and relapsed, a stay in a residential center will be the best choice.
The best time to go to rehab is NOW when you know you need help. We can provide you with all of the information you need to finalize your commitment. Call today at 772-266-5320 to learn more, or feel free to stop by and talk to one of our specialists. We’re here for you, day and night.