Many people spend years in denial, while others never truly come to terms with the fact they have an addiction. By understanding you or a loved one has a problem and needs to get help, the first major obstacle has been overcome. The next step is to get help for addiction.
It’s okay to be scared. Hope and positivity can go a long way when you are afraid treatment won’t work. Never let the belief that the addiction has “gone too far” stop you from choosing to become sober. Droves of individuals have gone through rehab, relapsed, and returned many times before they finally quit for good.
Do I Need to Go to Rehab?
Completing a treatment program through a licensed rehabilitation center is the best way to have the greatest chance of succeeding in beating an addiction. On the surface, quitting on your own may seem easier; and it is certainly more affordable. But quitting on your own comes with a wide range of risks.
Self-treating an addiction can lead to an accidental overdose that was prompted by relapse. Other life-threatening side-effects include depression and thoughts of self-harm/suicide, heart problems, and a condition in severe alcoholics known as delirium tremens (DTs).
Going through withdrawal is challenging enough. But, staying sober once you’ve overcome the worst of the symptoms is much more difficult. Recovery is not solely stopping substance abuse. You must treat your mental health, which may include depression, anxiety, or other conditions in addition to your physical well-being.
Rehab centers provide a safe and structured environment that can help you develop skills lost to addiction and even learn new ones. With professional guidance and peer support from others in recovery, you’ll have access to the resources that make it easier to build up the life skills and confidence necessary to stay sober.
Why You Need a Detox Center
Quitting drugs or alcohol on your own can be life-threatening. Addiction is not just a psychological problem. Over time, your brain stops making certain chemicals on its own. This leads to your body needing drugs or alcohol just to function normally. Of course, this is a double-edged sword, as the very substances you need to feel stable are also causing health problems. Liver damage, heart disease, and even certain types of cancer can develop from chronic substance abuse.
Medical detox allows you to transition into a rehab program seamlessly. The medical staff can provide you with medication during the process to reduce the severity of withdrawal. Afterward, you are given time to mentally and physically prepare for the work ahead in your treatment program, without having access to drugs or alcohol.
Tips for Getting Sober
There are many practical ways you can prepare to overcome addiction today. Here are a few suggestions that can help you prepare for rehab and a life of sobriety:
- Avoid people and places that encourage you to use.
- Develop a healthy routine that includes waking up early in the morning and going to bed at a reasonable hour.
- Go to therapy to learn how to take care of your mental health.
- Track your use in a journal, including the frequency, amount, and your mood when you decided to use.
- Tell people about your decision to quit using if they know about your addiction. This can help you stay accountable.
- Write down reminders of your reasons to change. It could be your family, your pet, your health, or anything else. Nothing is too small to represent hope.
These suggestions can be made while you explore your treatment options and prepare to enter a program that’s right for you. Each tip can bring you one step closer to get help for addiction.
If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse, please contact your nearest medical facility or contact a SpringBoard Recovery professional today.
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