Do I Need Rehab?
If you are looking into rehab for a drug or alcohol addiction, you have already taken a huge step toward living a healthier, happier life. It takes some people many years to recognize that they have a problem, and even longer to accept professional help. The sooner you can admit that the way you are living your life isn’t working, the sooner you can sober up and begin living to your fullest potential.
Everyone’s struggle with addiction is different, but there are some common signs that it’s time to go to rehab. Even if you aren’t physically addicted to anything, substance abuse can cause numerous problems in your life. If you’re noticing any of the following signs, reach out to a facility or loved one about it today. You can recover and you don’t have to do it alone.
- Family and friends have asked you to stop. It’s never easy to tell someone they have a substance abuse disorder, so if people in your life are stepping in to talk to you about it, they are sincerely concerned and you should be, too. If the people who know and love you the most have pointed out that your drinking or substance use is out of hand, you should listen. They are bringing it to your attention because they care about you and they are worried about you.
- You feel like you have to drink or use drugs to get out of bed. For many people addicted to drugs or alcohol, getting out of bed each morning is extremely difficult. You may feel like there is no point, or perhaps it is difficult to move if you are experiencing nausea from the substance use. If you are reaching for a drink or opioids first thing in the morning just to get your day started, it is likely time to enter into a rehab facility. It may not feel like it right now, but there are several other, healthier ways to manage the physical and mental pain that can make it challenging to get out of bed each day.
- You have decided to quit using but relapsed. A common excuse for not seeking treatment is feeling like you can quit abusing your substance of choice on your own. However, drugs and alcohol contain powerful chemicals that tell your brain it needs the harmful substances. Drugs change the way the neurons in the brain communicate, making addiction a type of chronic illness, and making it very difficult for addicts to stop using.
Healing from a substance abuse disorder is made possible and manageable by being immersed in a culture of sobriety. It takes an entire team of experienced professionals to help people become and stay sober in the healthiest way possible. Only a reputable rehab center has the necessary resources to treat someone’s addiction, as well as any mental illnesses contributing to the substance abuse, such as depression. Rehab centers have medical staff and licensed therapists to set you up for real, long-term sobriety.
- You are self-medicating for a mental illness. Undiagnosed mental illnesses are a common root cause of substance abuse disorders. If you don’t understand what is going on in your brain, something like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cause severe stress and pain. Unlike obvious physical injuries such as a broken arm, you might not think you need to go to a hospital or seek any kind of help. Instead, drugs and alcohol may serve as an immediate fix to help you forget what’s going on mentally and emotionally.
About 16% of patients seeking help for addiction are also diagnosed with a co-occuring mental health disorder, and just 12% of them get the help they need for both disorders. It is critical to treat both substance abuse and mental illness simultaneously to ensure that you don’t fall back into old patterns as soon as you are out of detox.
- Your physical and mental health are suffering. Just like a mental illness can lead to substance abuse, substance abuse can lead to a mental illness. As you continue drinking or using drugs, things in your life tend to unravel such as relationships and jobs. The frustration and sadness that comes with these losses can quickly become serious mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
You may also notice that many aspects of your physical health are deteriorating. You may gain or lose weight at an alarming rate, or even contract HIV from injecting drugs with contaminated needles. Alcoholism can cause irreversible damage to your liver, and opioids often slow down breathing to dangerous and even deadly levels.
- You’ve stopped doing activities that used to make you happy. When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they often blow off activities in favor of getting drunk or high. If you have noticed yourself choosing to drink or use drugs rather than spend time with friends, workout, or do other activities you used to enjoy, it is definitely time to consider rehab. Social drinking and drug use do not result in people withdrawing from friends and family, or canceling plans to use.
- You lie about your drinking or drug use. If you are only casually drinking or occasionally getting high, you wouldn’t feel the need to lie about it to those closest to you. Instead of thinking that everyone should just mind their own business, think about why you are lying about your substance use. It is probably because you already know you are using too much and too often.
The people who care about you aren’t simply going to get mad at you and eliminate you from their lives. If you come clean about your substance abuse, they can help you embark on a path to recovery. Nobody will fault you for taking control of your health and wellness.
- You’ve lost hope that your life can change. If you’ve been traveling down the wrong path for a long time, it can become difficult to visualize your life any other way. You may have tried and failed to stop abusing substances on your own, and reached the conclusion that nothing and no one can help you live a healthy, happy life.
It is imperative that you give holistic therapy a chance. You only get one life, and you deserve to fill it with love and joy. There are licensed professionals who have the knowledge and experience to equip you with all that you need to regain control. Addiction is not a weakness — it is a disease. You likely need more help than seeing a counselor once a week. You need an entire support team that will get to know you and your unique circumstances so they can craft an individualized, long-term recovery plan.
According to research by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, only about 18.5% of people who needed treatment for a substance abuse issue in 2014 received treatment in the same year. This treatment gap must be closed — starting with you.
Addiction is not like catching a cold. It won’t get better on its own. In fact, it is more likely to continue getting worse until something terrible happens such as an overdose or a vehicular homicide charge. But you don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom to receive treatment. If you keep telling yourself that your substance abuse “could be worse,” you’re absolutely right. And if you don’t get professional help soon, it will be worse.
So, what if you changed that internal dialogue to say that you “could be better?” No matter what you have been through or are going through, you can get better — and we can help.
When you are ready to get sober and enjoy a vibrant, purpose-driven life, contact Mountain Peak Recovery. We will listen to your story and walk you through what steps to take to begin your recovery. It is never too late to ask for help. Get started today.