Can I Do It On My Own?
Becoming sober can be difficult and dangerous. Finding help by entering a treatment program increases your chance of maintaining your sobriety.
Getting Help for an Addiction
Going to rehabilitation is an important decision. There are many concerns connecting with entering rehab such as spending time away from your loved ones, how to cover the cost of treatment, or even the negative stigma surrounding addiction and rehab.
This may raise questions about whether you should try to get sober on your own.
Hesitations to enter rehabilitation are understandable. However, rehab can help you in so many ways and dramatically increase your odds of a successful long-term recovery.
Treatment centers are designed to create comfortable, welcoming environments that offer tools for sobriety, such as:
Why Can’t I Get Sober On My Own?
Ensuring your safety while detoxifying and setting the foundation for a last recovery are two major reasons to seek professional help to quit using drugs and alcohol.
“I was in [medical] detox for seven days. Detox gives you a chance to get the drugs out of your system while replacing them with healthy alternatives.” – Jimmy V, recovering addict
The withdrawal from substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines can be deadly. Oftentimes medical supervision is needed to manage the dangerous withdrawal symptoms. If the underlying reason you begin using is not addressed, the cycle of abuse will continue.
Rehabilitation centers are designed to help you through every step of the recovery process. The physicians and counseling staff are able to customize a treatment plan that is right for you after assessing your individual needs.
Factors that might be included in your customized plan include:
- the severity of your addiction
- the type of substance you were addicted to
- the presence of co-occurring disorders
- family environments and social circles
The Dangers of Detoxing Alone
An addiction to drugs or alcohol means developing a physical or psychological dependence on the substance. This requires your body and mind to adjust to the presence of the substance in your system. When you rapidly remove the substance from your body, you create an imbalance which leads to mildly irritating or deadly withdrawal symptoms.
Commons withdrawal symptoms include:
- depression or suicidal thoughts
- seizure or shakiness
- heart failure
- delirium tremens
The best and safest way to detoxify your body of the drugs and/or alcohol is by trained professionals.
Drugs That Require Medical Detox
Medical detoxification allows doctors and nurses to monitor your heart rate and vital signs to make sure nothing goes wrong. This is very important depending on the drug you choose to abuse, the amount of time you used the drug, and the severity of the amount you used.
Drug addictions that may require medical detoxification are:
- Prescription pain pills
- Club drugs such as ecstasy
This is by no means a comprehensive list but any of the listed substances increases your need for a supervised medical detoxification. There are specific medications available to help with detoxing process. The medications decrease the overall withdrawal symptoms because they are able to mimic the effects of the addictive drug. This requires medical supervision.
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Types of Rehabilitation
There are many different kinds of therapies, setting, and treatments. However, there are two main types of rehabilitation available: inpatient and outpatient.
- Inpatient Treatment– Inpatient treatment means living in a supervised facility for 24 hours a day. There are many benefits of this type of treatment. The benefits include: being removed from the toxic setting, living in a healthy environment, receiving personal attention, and having access to ongoing training and education.
- Outpatient Treatment– While in an outpatient setting, the person receives treatment in the facility throughout the day but is permitted to go home during the evening hours. The benefits include: being able to continue working or going to school and the ability to have the support of friends and family during the recovery process.
The benefits from each of the facilities will depend on the severity of your addiction.
The Importance of Support During Recovery
The social aspect of going through a treatment program is important. You will need to have the support from can encourage you and who understand what you are going through. This can make the difference between relapsing and recovering.
Bruce K. Alexander, a Canadian psychologist, conducted an experiment in the 1970s. The experiment showed a correlation between poor living conditions and substance abuse. Alexander found that rats that lived in solitude and darkness chose to drink drug infused water as opposed to normal water. The rats quickly became addicted to the drug infused water. On the other hand, rats that chose to live in open space and allowed to socialize with other rats chose to drink the normal water. This experiment shows the importance of having interaction, support, and activities to fill a void that many try to fill with drugs and/or alcohol.
“Along with this understanding comes a much greater emphasis on attempting to establish addicted people in a welcoming community, thereby reducing their need for addictive compensations.” – Psychologist Bruce K. Alexander on Rat Park experiment
Relationships made with family, counselors, sponsors, and others in recovery can make the difference in being able to quit using drugs and alcohol. The connections made provide the reassurance and influence you need to stay clean and sober.
Strong social support is crucial to the former user. The support provided is given in the following forms:
- Emotional – Support provides someone to talk to about your feelings, distract you with positive conversation, or simply a shoulder to cry on.
- Physical – Physical support can be anything from running errands to helping out financially.
- Positive Feedback – Your support system is able to celebrate your accomplishments, recognize your progress, and offer constructive criticism.
- Education – You can be provided with resources to assist you throughout your recovery process so you can avoid relapsing.
Will Going to Rehab Help Me With Long-Term Recovery?
For long-term recovery to be successful, you need to be able to have the tools necessary. Treatment centers are able to provide those tools through support groups, ongoing therapy, relapse prevention tips, and lifestyle changes. By opting for professional help in your recovery process, you are setting the foundation for long-term sobriety.
You don’t have to go through the recovery process alone. People who can assist you with the struggles you’re facing are available. Reach out and get in touch with one today. Let us help you find the right treatment center for your needs.