Denial and resistance to change is one of the insidious hallmarks of addiction.
It’s not uncommon for addicted individuals to resist getting help and to reject the notion that they need help. You may have heard the phrase, “I’m not going to rehab,” countless times because your loved one truly believes they do not have a problem.
And as the sober family member suffering through the devastating behavior brought on by a loved one’s addiction, you might even be in denial yourself, at first.
No one, it seems, wants to go to rehab. It is a necessity for many addicts, but not a choice that is easy to make. And it isn’t easy to follow through with that choice and go. One of the most important factors holding many people back from going to rehab is fear. Not all addicts will admit to it, but many of the worries, concerns, excuses and reasons for putting off rehab can be blamed on fear. Here are some of the most common fears about going to rehab and how to overcome them:
One of the worst feelings of your life is waking up after drinking or drugging for a week straight and realizing that your hard-won sobriety has veered into the ditch. Not only do you hate yourself for relapsing, you know you’ve let your loved ones down as well. Swallowing the bitter taste of relapse – literally and figuratively – it’s now time to make some hard decisions.
But, not necessarily. In reality the relapse rate following rehab is disturbingly high for recovering addicts and alcoholics, proving that treatment is by no means a panacea or a miracle cure for substance abuse problems—or for any other type of addiction for that matter.
You’ve already started down the path of recovery. Perhaps you’ve just completed residential drug rehab, or maybe you’re several months into an addiction-free life. While you probably recognize the terrible toll your addiction took on your life and relationships, you may be like so many recovering addicts who don’t fully realize the physical damage that abuse exerts on your body. Restoring your physical health through good nutrition is a smart way to lay the foundation for continuing recovery.
When you are ready to live a life free of drug addiction and begin to look for treatment you will discover that your options are many. There are in-patient and out-patients treatment centers. There are gender-specific facilities and those which specialize in treating dual-diagnosis patients. One other possibility is to search out a treatment center which offers holistic rehab.
More than a few people with drug addiction have fought the idea of going to drug rehab because they fear being discovered. If they go to drug rehab everyone will know they have a drug addiction problem. This is part of denial because anyone whose drug addiction has progressed enough to require drug rehab treatment is not fooling anyone about their drug problem.
Drug rehab often sounds intimidating to people. If you are suffering from addiction you might resist the idea of going to drug rehab for a number of reasons. The most common objections to going to a drug rehab program are:
Although alcohol and drug addiction treatment is often associated with hospitals, private residential rehab centers have been found to increase the likelihood of successful, lasting recovery. The major advantage of private treatment centers is the relaxing, homelike environment where patients can focus on recovery in comfort.
Many people who come to drug rehab have issues beyond their addiction. Rarely have we seen a person with an alcohol or drug addiction problem who does not have some type of underlying psychological or psychiatric issue that fuels their abuse of substances. Sometimes the issue is depression. Others have severe anxiety or panic disorders. Some have experienced trauma and suffer from PTSD. These are just a few of the mental health issues that we often address in treatment to ensure the addicted person has the an understanding of their risk factors and the tools and skill set to mitigate the risk of relapse.
In the case of drug and alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to step back from ourselves and view our situation objectively. If you believe you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol or have been asked by family and friends to seek help, you may want to consider whether the following signs of addiction apply to yourself and your situation. If any of these symptoms apply to you, we strongly urge you to consider entering a drug rehabilitation program like Promises Treatment Centers.