Rehab May Be the Option for You or Your Addicted Loved One

Rehab, or a stay in a treatment program for substance problems, might be the right option for you or a loved one. It is possible in some circumstances to stop using substances without going to rehab, but the risks are high, particularly for people who have used heavily or for a long period of time. Also, certain substances or combination of substances can put you in more serious danger than others during withdrawal. Going to a safe, therapeutic environment for withdrawal and treatment best ensures your chances of a healthy withdrawal and a successful detox.

Withdrawal and Detox in Rehab

It is not always possible to know how you will respond to withdrawal. There are many potentially complicating factors including your overall health, the amount of substances you have used and the length of time you have used. Also, if you have a mental health condition, there is the risk of symptoms worsening in the withdrawal process. All of these are reasons to take your decision to withdraw very seriously and to consult with a treatment professional to establish a plan. Medical supervision during withdrawal is always the safest option. Not all rehab programs provide medical detox, so it is important to discuss these issues with a healthcare provider, especially if you already have health problems other than substance use. Of course, it is also important to know exactly what withdrawal and detox will be like in the program you are exploring.

Obstacles to Rehab

All of us think we have very little time to devote to a project like rehab. Naturally, though, we can be in such dire straits that those things get easily pushed aside. No one can plan their illnesses or when they need immediate help. It’s important to remember that our addictions can ‘trick’ us in lots of ways. Denial is the grandest trickster of all. Many people get to the door of rehab (metaphorically) only to slide back into some shade of denial that keeps them from going in.

Other obstacles seem to revolve around fear and doubt. Perhaps you afraid you won’t be successful. This is normal because the compulsions of addiction are strong. Again, however, this is the addiction playing tricks on you. It makes you feel it has won and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Then, there are the everyday issues that seem to leave no room for rehab. Childcare and work are two of the most common problems people encounter when considering treatment. Many times these obstacles hold us back because we don’t want to ask for help from people who could smooth our way, helping as they can to free us up for treatment.