I realize the thought of entering drug rehab is a daunting one. I know you are scared. I need you to trust me when I tell you it is the greatest gift you can give yourself and the people you love. I need you to trust me when I tell you it is the only option you have if you truly want to live a happy, healthy life, or simply want to live period. Whether your flavor of the day is cocaine, crack, alcohol or a combination of the three, the medical professionals in any of the hundreds of treatment centers across the country WILL help you defeat your addiction. I have my convictions and recommend these centers for drug treatment for many reasons, all of which I can sum up in two words: treatment approaches.
1. Drug Rehab Detoxification Process
The most grueling, and most important aspect on the road to recovery is the release of the demons from your body. If you were to attempt detoxifying on your own, I guarantee you would be reaching for the first needle or pipe you could find in less than 24 hours, blowing your chances of recovery out of the water. You experience emotional withdrawal symptoms such as depression, anxiety, mood swings and suicidal thoughts. Physically you vomit, suffer from chills, cramps, muscle aches and sleeplessness. When you have the courage to check into a treatment center, the medical staff monitors you 24 hours during this arduous time, easing these symptoms with medication until the process ends. I guarantee you won’t regret this decision.
2. Personalized Treatment Plan
The story behind your addiction is as unique as your fingerprint. The staff your chosen treatment facility realizes this, assessing you and your situation before preparing a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs. Their goal is to see you succeed, not only during your stay with them, but once you leave the center as well. Although there are so many drug rehabs available to choose from, I love that no two are the same. I have yet to see a “Stepford Wives” type treatment facility.
3. Therapy In A Drug Rehab
Call it therapy, call it counseling, I am a strong advocate of both; a major reason I highly recommend you seek assistance for your addiction from a treatment center. Drug addiction plays games with your mind while destroying your life. It does not take long for it to distort your perception of reality. In the process, your reality begins to fall apart and you no longer know what to believe. Treatment centers offer many types of therapy to assist you with finding yourself and your reality again. Your counselor aids you in changing your negative ways of thinking, allowing you to see that yes, there are positives in your life. You begin setting goals and receive rewards when you reach these goals. What does this do for you? Increases your self-esteem, something you have not had, something you thought only the drugs could give you. So yes, I’m not only a proponent of counseling offered in drug rehab treatment centers, I know it is the only means you have of recovering from your addiction.
4. Restoring Your Family
Your stay in a treatment facility is not just for you, it is for your family, too. It is no secret that drug addiction tears families apart. Your stay in the facility is a way of restoring what is broken. At some point your family is invited to come in for counseling as well. Perhaps you they were in denial of your addiction, did not know how to cope or chose to believe that you could quit if you truly loved them. During counseling they will learn how to support you during your recovery process, and any underlying family issues that may have contributed to your drug use in the past are addressed to prevent relapse once you go home. This is a major benefit you would not have had if you did not enter the treatment center.
5. Drug Rehab Preparation Plan
You cannot stay at the rehab center forever, but alas, the staff you have come to consider as family will not leave you hanging. They bid you adieu with a treatment plan for you to follow once you arrive home, and locate a Narcotics Anonymous group for you in your area. They want you to succeed and remain drug free, therefore, they give you the tools you need for this.
I cannot stress enough the importance a drug rehab plays in the role of an addict’s life. The support, knowledge and therapy you receive while under the compassionate care of the staff is the only chance you have to break the ties that bind you. The benefits outweigh the–oh wait, there are no drawbacks. Good luck during your stay, and I wish you a healthy and speedy recovery.