Challenges with and addiction are often difficult to recognize as many may refuse to acknowledge the extent of the problem. When and individual reaches the point of acceptance treatment options sometimes appear confusing. A question often asked is “How do I know if I need rehab?” While there is more than one correct answer it may be beneficial to consider several factors when making a decision to enter treatment.
How Do I Know If I Need Rehab?
How Long Does Rehab Take?
The type of treatment program and length of time to successfully complete a program do not determine what’s best for an individual but will more accurately reflect what the individual needs from a treatment program. Participation in a recovery program is not intended as a punishment but an opportunity to dramatically improve a declining situation. Answers to the questions below will help to identify what level of care is most appropriate for the individual seeking treatment. Begin by considering one’s pattern of use including but not limited to:
Type of substance
Intent of use
Impact on relationships
Attempts to stop
Treatment episodes where attempts to remain sober have been unsuccessful.
The most desired level of care is that which is least restrictive. Receiving treatment in a format that is least disruptive of one’s ability to successfully live independently is ideal as this is ultimately where the individual will return. Rehabilitation is commonly referred to as rehab and usually refers to inpatient and or residential level of care. Prior to entering any level of treatment medical stability must be assured through consideration and management of withdrawal symptoms as many can be lethal.
Rehab or Residential Treatment is usually required to provide the structure needed to support sobriety when an individual has made unsuccessful attempts to stop, struggles to remain sober, and remains in a situation that prevents lasting change. At this point an individual’s life typically has become unmanageable and may have resulted in a loss of job, financial difficulties, relationship conflict, legal issues, and health concerns. Efforts to stop using are usually met with relapse, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and further damage self esteem.
The first few weeks of rehab may be confusing as one adjusts to emotions experienced without the influence of substances. Anxiety, irritability, and resistance are common but soon give way to acceptance, awareness, and hope. Acknowledgment today that one’s use of substances has become unmanageable and that another solution is possible creates an opportunity for a better tomorrow.
NSIGHT Psychology and Addiction is a Residential and Outpatient emotionally focused treatment program that emphasizes relationships to support lasting recovery.
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