Drawing The Line: Making The Decision To Get Addiction Treatment

 In Drug and Alcohol Treatment

In 2017, 19.7 million Americans who were aged 12 years old and up were considered to be suffering from an addiction. Seeking treatment can be difficult. It isn’t always easy to face your demons let alone admit that you have them. While recovery is always possible, the first step is to accept that you need help. This article will discuss other factors that can help you decide that it is time to seek treatment.

Examine Relationships

One of the first things that you should do is examine your relationships. Perhaps you once had a strong relationship with your family. Perhaps your circle of friends has changed. Those relationships tend to suffer when addicted. For one, you likely chose to imbibe rather than to attend celebrations or casual hangouts. Maybe your friends or family even tried to call you out on your addiction. You cut them out of your life rather than listen to what they had to say. Those relationships can be mended after you seek addiction treatment.

For those who miss their family, their friends, and who are aware that their choices have hindered the growth of those relationships, then you are ready for treatment. It may be difficult to do, but you should reach out to those relationships and inform that you’re seeking drug treatment. You’ll need their support.

Examine Health

Drugs take a toll on the body after a time. Some have less of an impact at first than others. However, all injure the body. In fact, drugs can alter your brain chemistry. It hijacks certain parts of your brain to wire it so it’s dependent on the drug in order to feel happiness or pleasure. That’s what makes addiction so difficult to break. You’re at war with your own brain. However, the rest of your body takes a toll from drug use, too.

You may notice that your skin isn’t a healthy color. Perhaps it’s even easier to bruise or make bleed. You may find yourself coughing more often or unable to sleep. If you’re a long-time user, then you might even start seeing blood. At some point, you have to put your health first. That’s when the decision to undergo addiction treatment is vital. By doing so, you place your health as a priority in your life.

Choosing The Right Recovery Option

When examining rehab centers, you may find yourself saturated with places that can offer help. All of them likely offer different methods for drug treatment. Outpatient, inpatient, sober living, approaches with behavioral therapy, approaches with group therapy, approaches with nature therapy, there are so many options to choose from. Which is right for you?

It begins with understanding how deep into the addiction you are. Even those who have only used drugs for a few weeks could be severely addicted to the substance if it’s a hard drug. Whereas others who have used drugs for a long time but stuck to “lighter” drugs may not bee as severely addicted. It typically depends on the individual, their willpower, their health, and the drug that they used.

Inpatient rehab is a great option for those who need a lot of help and support through their recovery process. It provides them a safe place to go through withdrawal. It also allows them to undergo behavioral therapy. This kind of therapy is vital because it helps uncover the triggers that cause the need to use drugs in the first place. Once you’re aware of those, you can actively choose to avoid them or get rid of them in your life. This can make it easier to avoid the temptation to use drugs. It also helps introduce better and healthier habits to deal with stress and anxiety.

Once you have decided to get treatment, you need to choose the right facility for you. Your family and friends can even help you choose a location. However, the decision to go there has to be your own. Otherwise, you’re not healing for yourself. Part of the treatment process is to understand and accept that you are not going to be a victim of addiction any longer. Choosing addiction treatment for yourself places you in the right mindset.

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