Challenging the Reasons Not to Go to Rehab

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A survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed that over 23 million Americans suffer from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Sadly, only about eleven percent of those are in treatment for their addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that those in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction suffer from a relapse anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of the time within the first four years after leaving rehabilitation, which makes finding the right program important. 

Reasons People Don’t Seek Treatment

Financial costs for treatment are one main reason cited for not seeking help for the abuse of drugs or alcohol. Many people do not have insurance, or their insurance does not cover the full cost of associated treatment needs. One often-neglected option, however, is taking out a loan to cover treatment costs. Many residential and inpatient facilities can help potential clients with options similar to this. 

Also, many people do not seek or receive an assessment that classifies them as needing help. Without such an assessment, they feel they do not have a problem or will not be taken seriously. Doctors and therapists can provide an analysis of their patients’ needs and recommend any needed treatment. A professional assessment of this type can make a real difference in getting insurance coverage or obtaining a loan from a financial institution or an individual. 

When Feeling Unique Is Not Helpful

People in need of rehabilitation sometimes convince themselves that it simply won’t work for them. This can stem from the idea that they are not strong enough to complete rehab and achieve long-lasting sobriety. Besides, some people feel they are the exception to the rehab rule. This viewpoint is common in those suffering from comorbid conditions, such as eating disorders. Such people may believe they are unique and have genuine reasons why they cannot enter recovery through formal programs. They often dig in their heels and assert that their individual situation means they will have to either fight their demons independently or not even try to attempt recovery. 

This belief system can be challenged and overcome in rehabilitative residential and after-care programs. Once the cloud of addiction lifts, patients begin to see themselves more clearly. Finally, they can recognize the strength and determination they were previously unaware they possessed. They also can realize they are just as able to achieve sobriety as anyone else and can save their ‘uniqueness’ for positive things in life. 

Removing the Shame From Addiction

Despite the prevalence of drug and alcohol dependence, there is still a stigma attached to it. Many people who suffer from addiction believe they must solve their problems on their own and avoid the embarrassment of those around them finding out what is going on. Loved ones sometimes warn sufferers that they should keep quiet about their medical condition, reinforcing the idea that there is something shameful about it. 

Historically, addiction to drugs and alcohol has brought with it a feeling of shame for the individual who suffers from it. This viewpoint of substance abuse is rooted in the old-fashioned belief that addiction itself is the problem. Instead, the more modern way of framing it is that people often use addictive substances to self-medicate other issues. After detox ends and therapeutic work begins, many people find that they have underlying problems such as depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders that contribute to their need to escape from their emotions via mood-altering options. 

For many, addiction is an ongoing attempt to bury a past trauma in their lives. When a person addresses the real problems, the need for using drugs and alcohol as a solution will lessen and eventually disappear. This is a surprising but very empowering idea for many people.

How to Stack the Odds in Favor of Staying Sober

Not every instance of going to rehabilitation is the same. Things that factor in include the individual’s age, how long they have suffered from addiction, and any previous attempts at treatment. The level of commitment a person brings to their sobriety also contributes significantly to whether or not they maintain it. Other factors that contribute to a higher success rate of staying sober include:

  • Entering a rehabilitation program and completing it
  • Returning to rehab quickly if a relapse occurs
  • Committing to after-care treatment
  • Participation in group meetings 
  • Cutting ties with toxic people related to the addiction
  • Being vigilant about signs of temptation to relapse
  • Seeking treatment for any co-occurring mental health issues 

A person battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol is already dealing with many difficult emotions, like shame and fear. Deciding whether or not to go to a rehabilitation program can prove difficult, especially if they fear what others will think. Anyone can come up with reasons not to seek help for substance abuse, but our trained experts can help you determine the best route. We offer professional treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, as well as co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health conditions. We offer a variety of treatment options with both day and evening appointments available. Here at Silver Lining Recovery, we believe that individualized treatment is the most effective way to help you find success on your recovery journey. Call our beautiful Huntington Beach, California, location today to find out how we can fashion a treatment program individual to your needs and help you get on the road to recovery now! (866) 448-4563