A New Year, a New Chance at Recovery
Here is a roadmap to get you from where you are to where you want to be:
Step 1: Admit You Have a Problem.
Your drug use may have started off innocently enough: a few drinks at a social function, an occasional high to rev up a night out with friends. But over time, you may have started using more often, in larger qualities or to escape problems or cope with stress. Eventually, drug use occupied more of your time and attention and you needed more drugs to get the same high. You may not have realized it, but you were developing a problem.
Often, denial keeps people from recognizing the seriousness of their drug problem, even in the face of negative consequences. There are numerous signs of drug addiction, including giving up activities you used to enjoy, suffering withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit and trying to quit unsuccessfully. But the bottom line is: If your drug use is impacting your quality of life - whether at home, work or in your relationships - it's a problem.
Even if you don't believe you have a problem but your family and friends are concerned, get a professional opinion. Many drug rehab centers offer free confidential assessments and can help you determine whether or not you need treatment.
Step 2: Research Treatment Programs.
With one important decision out of the way, it's time to find the right treatment program. There are a lot of options - residential or outpatient, close to home or removed from familiar surroundings, high end or budget, to name a few - and a lot of questions that need to be asked to ensure you get quality care tailored to you. When speaking with a drug rehab center, ask the following questions:
- Is the program licensed and accredited?
- Does it have a good reputation? Can you speak with alumni about their experience?
- What are the credentials of the staff?
- Are treatment plans personalized based on the needs of each client?
- Does the program work with insurance companies?
- Is detox provided? Does the program employ medical personnel?
- What types of therapies are offered? Is the focus solely on sobriety or also each client's emotional, social, psychological and spiritual development?
- What is the program's treatment philosophy? Do they introduce the 12 Steps or other self-help support groups?
- Is the facility home-like and welcoming or does it feel like a hospital?
- Does support continue after formal treatment ends?
- Does the program offer help for families?
Step 3: Go to Rehab.
Once you've chosen the best drug rehab for your needs, it's important to begin treatment right away. Delaying admission typically intensifies drug and alcohol use as well as the consequences. The treatment center you choose will be able to walk you through the process of admission and what to expect during treatment. In general, treatment includes assessments, individual and group therapy, 12-Step meetings, and education about addiction. Depending on the drug rehab, it may also include yoga, acupuncture, nutrition counseling, exercise and other adjunct therapies.
Step 4: Work an Ongoing Recovery Program.
Addiction recovery is a lifelong process. The first few months are typically the most challenging so you will need a lot of support. Individual therapy and self-help support groups are some of the most common components of an aftercare plan. If the drug rehab you attended offers meetings or activities for alumni or other forms of continuing care, take advantage of every opportunity to bolster your recovery.
The New Year may not have started the way you'd hoped, but this still can be the year you get sober, and stay sober. In fact, there's no better time to get a fresh start than the start of a new year.