Rehab for addiction is a choice, a decision to put one’s health and life first over an addiction. This does not make it any easier of a choice, however, as substance abuse is difficult to break away from and some people may be in denial about the need for treatment. A casual drinker who is in control of what, when and how much to drink may not need rehab. However, there are signs to look for when making a decision about treatment.
Who Should Go
A person who requires drugs or alcohol to get through each day is a good candidate for rehab. Physical and psychological dependence on a substance means an individual is desiring more of a drug and simply cannot function without using it. Some of the warning signs include:
- Drug cravings
- Use of drugs in spite of negative consequences
- Drug use becomes out of control
- Preoccupation with obtaining and using drug
When an individual’s brain and body desire a drug, physical dependence has occurred. If a drug is stopped, withdrawal symptoms will start until more of the drug is introduced. The only way to break away from physical dependence on a drug is to experience withdrawal and detoxification until drugs have left the system. There may also be psychological dependence as well as repercussions from drug use which need attending to, requiring counseling and therapy to help break the cycle and prevent relapse.
Going to Rehab
Substance abuse has many risks associated which wreak havoc on a person’s health, life and overall well-being. Some candidates for treatment may face legal problem associated with drug use, experience mood swings or violent behavior and suffer from a decreased work or school performance. Health problems may arise and continue to worsen while a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol. These are signals a person is ready for treatment, but the choice is ultimately up to the individual. A person cannot be forced and often denial keeps an individual from getting the necessary help.
The goal of treatment is to help people live drug-free and healthy lives. An initial intake assessment will be conducted including interviews, medical exams and other workup to provide the best treatment possible. Treatment itself includes psychological counseling, group therapy, disbursement of medication where needed to cope with withdrawal and working through old habits associated with addiction to break free and learn how to manage life without drugs.
Overcoming addiction is possible with the help of loved ones who want the best for an individual. Reconciliation with family and friends can happen as a result and long lasting bridges can be rebuilt which were once broken by addiction. The decision to attend rehab should not be taken lightly, rather it should be a focused, intentional act built on a desire to seek help, get better and kick the habit for good.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, Last Resort can help. Trained counselors and therapists are available to help answer questions. Call today at (512) 750-6750 for more information.