Should You Go to Rehab? How to Know When It’s Time

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There’s no magic formula that will tell you if rehab is the right fit for you. Each person’s addiction is different and requires different things. However, there are key signs you need rehab that you should see if you can relate to. This isn’t a complete list that applies to everyone, but it can give you an idea of how much your drug dependency or addiction is affecting your life.

You’ve Run Into Legal Problems

Have you driven while high or intoxicated? Has this led to problems with the law? When you get behind the wheel of a car, you put your life in danger but also those around you. Even if you haven’t been pulled over, have you driven without remembering parts of the time in the car? Did you hit a curb, another car, or something else in the road?

When your addiction has impaired you from being able to get from one place to another when functioning a vehicle, especially on a recurring basis, it may be that you feel you have a better handle on your motor functions than you actually do.

If you have been pulled over and put in jail, given community service or have been assigned probation, this all means high legal costs and can be a barrier for you when seeking employment. They can also be signs you need rehab, if you can’t control your use or behavior on your own.

Others Have Talked to You about Your Drinking or Drug Use

People who know you well, like your close friends and family, have your best interest at heart. They’ve seen you make mistakes and vice-versa. If they have voiced their concern, it’s most likely not without merit. Because they care about you, they have probably tried to rationalize your behavior and convince themselves you’re ok. Don’t dismiss their claims without considering if there’s any truth to what they’re saying.

If they bring up your addiction, it means they are concerned about your well-being. It could be they’re concerned for your safety, your job security, or your relationship with them. It can be hard to hear what they’re saying, especially if you don’t agree with their assessment. But if someone you trust is sharing their worries with you, then it deserves time to ask yourself, should I go to rehab? There are things they may be seeing or experiencing that you simply do not.

What are reasons you wouldn’t want to go to a rehab center? Are there other alternative for treatment with regards to your drug or alcohol use? Being in denial or going on the defensive are common responses when anyone asks you about a potential problem, but it doesn’t mean rehab can’t be a solution.

Your Doctor Says It’s Damaging Your Health

Addiction wears down your body. It affects your heart and brain, which are operators of your body. You may notice physical changes as a result of your addiction, such as a major weight loss, dark circles under your eyes, sagging skin, bloodshot eyes, and a number of other appearance changes. However, drug addiction also changes the makeup of your body when it learns to “work” with drugs in your system. Your body adapts to it in a way where when you are without, there are severe withdrawal symptoms.

These may include nausea, vomiting, tremors, migraines, and other physical reactions that leave you feeling ill. This all affects your body and puts you at risk for stroke or other adverse heart conditions. Addiction also puts you at risk for overdose, which can lead to being in a coma or death.

If you are still seeing a doctor for other things and they bring up your health as a result of your addiction, it’s an indicator it’s time to go to rehab. Know that there is help available to you.

You’ve Been Let Go from Your Job

People who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction often can hide it from their friends, family, and even co-workers, but only temporarily. Eventually addiction catches up with you and for those you encounter everyday. They will notice your change in behavior and appearance. Even if they don’t outwardly say something, their suspicions are likely there.

The one person who will notice is your boss. If you are constantly calling in sick or your work has been lacking, you’ll supervisor will see that as cause for concern. Addiction can put your job in jeopardy and also prevent you from career opportunities in the future. Speak with your human resources manager if your company allows an extended leave of absence. Find out what options you have to stay with your company should you go to a rehabilitation center and complete treatment.

You’ve Lost Contact with Important Relationships

Take note of the people who you were once close to who don’t speak to anymore because of your drug or alcohol use. Have you gotten into fights with family members, lost friends, or faced failed relationships as a result of your addiction? Think about where your most recent conflicts have stemmed from with the important people in your life. Is your addiction a common theme?

If it is, you have options to treat it and repair those relationships. The way you act under the influence of drugs may not be clear to you, but as someone on the receiving end, you can behave in ways they don’t recognize or don’t feel safe being around can be a sign you need rehab.

It’s tough not to feel the support and love of family or friends, which may further lead to problems with addiction. You don’t have to continue the cycle. You can seek help to get your life back and track and fill it with people who want the best for you and will lift you up.

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You’ve Tried to Quit on Your Own Without Success

This is one of the main reasons you should go to a rehab center. The fact that you want to quit is a big, first step. It’s not recommended to anyone to try to go through detox or treatment alone. It is far easier to relapse without the support of others and there are often too many other extenuating circumstances that are affecting your ability to quit.

You may have tried to refrain from drug use for a few hours or a couple of days before the withdrawal symptoms set in. These are intense and deserve the attention of a medical professional in a rehab facility to help you monitor the effects and help you through them to prevent relapse from occurring.

Detox itself takes several days and after that part of recovery is through, you’ll benefit from guidance to continue your path to sobriety by learning about addiction, how to transition to a life without drugs, and how to cope with temptation in the future.

If you can identify with any of these reasons, it may be a sign you should go to a rehabilitation center. It’s at least worth the consideration to figure out if that’s the best solution for you. The good news is there are alternatives to full, inpatient rehab care. There are outpatient facilities available, if you are not ready for inpatient treatment.

Inpatient Care: Is It for You?

Once you decide you do need help with your addiction and that you should go to rehab, the next choice is where to receive care. Many choose the option of inpatient care, which means you are a temporary resident of a monitored facility to go through recovery with the help and medical care of professionals.

The different stages followed here can help guide you to your sobriety with built-in tools to help you succeed in the long run. First, during detox treatment, you have the support of others to help you ease off drugs or alcohol in a way that’s healthiest for your body. Although the goal is to rid your body of the toxins altogether, if your body is used to functioning with them, going “cold turkey” can be a shock to your body and cause unpredictable side effects that are best monitored by medical staff.

Seeking detox under the care of a rehab facility helps with relapse prevention as well. Since you won’t have drugs or alcohol readily available to you, it helps keep the process moving forward. Relapse does happen but it doesn’t mean rehab has failed. You may be choosing rehab for the first time or you may have returned due to relapse, and that’s what the treatment is here for. To help create a more positive path for you, always going forward, never back.

Another important component of inpatient care is life planning. Addiction has a way of taking hold of your life to a point where nothing else matters. When that’s no longer present, how will you transition back to a life of sobriety? When addiction is something you’ve become used to, a change can feel harsh without the right preparation or expectations in place. Inpatient care helps you to engage in activities that don’t involve alcohol or drugs. There are coping tools to handle future temptations or triggering events. A rehab facility’s staff will give you ideas on how to busy the mind and keep active without being detrimental to your health.

Through counseling and group therapy, you’ll also start to identify where your addiction stems from. Each person experiences it in a different way. It could’ve started under the influence of friends. It could be to handle the stress of your job. Addiction occurs for any number of reasons but it’s important to understand what those reasons are so you can change that about your life. As long as the catalyst is still there, so will the urge to use.

Maintaining Sobriety

So you’ve decided you rehab is the best option for you. You have accepted the different stages you must go through, but maybe you’re wondering what happens afterwards – when you’re back in the real world and in a newly sober life. We can help connect you to sober living programs that will fit what you’re looking for. This can help with the transition.

Outpatient care, AA or NA meetings are also good sources of care post-rehab where you still have opportunities to connect with what’s been helpful to you as you go through rehab. Sometimes it’s just knowing someone else has stood where you stand, and has become stronger for it, that can be the motivating factor to continue with your sobriety.

Accept the help and support that is available to you to ensure your sobriety is for the long-term. Going to rehab is an important decision, but it’s not an environment you’ll be part of forever. The ultimate goal is to take charge of your sobriety and understand how to make your new lifestyle work for you.

Talk Through Your Options

Even after the questions and weighing of options, you still may not be sure if rehab is the right step for you. That’s what we’re here for, to help you through your concerns and questions. Not everyone goes through the same course of treatment. Maybe rehab isn’t the solution for you right now, but you still want to hear about your options or seek help in other ways.

If you are someone who is researching places and options for your loved one struggling with addiction, we can help with that, as well. The amount of information can be overwhelming and we want you to understand what’s available and how it will help. For example, you may think your loved one needs rehab, while they do not. How do you approach this conversation? How do you know for sure whether they need to enter treatment or not? We can help discuss those matters as they arise.

At the end of the day, getting help is about acknowledging how addiction is affecting your life and what part rehab would play to improve your situation both for the sake of your health and your future livelihood. Our specialists are more than happy to help help and will find a rehab program suitable for you. Give Above It All’s rehab center a call today, we care and are here to help.

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