Going to rehab for substance abuse has been greatly stigmatised in our society through cultural misconceptions and Hollywood interpretations. However, rehab can be life-changing for many people and provides the help they need to take control and start over.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse, it’s worth considering either in-patient or out-patient support services. Here are six reasons why going to rehab is worth it – and why the stigma is unfounded.
Creates separation and boundaries
Seeking treatment for substance abuse, like any form of mental health treatment, can be an ugly process. It requires that we tap into a deeper part of ourselves and explore the inner workings of our minds. Additionally, going through detoxification is hard on the body and mind. There are precarious times during the early days of treatment that often make people second guess their decision.
Going to a rehab center provides a safe place to go through the experience. At this time, it’s integral for people going through treatment to separate themselves from others who engage in the same activities or enable them (read more at www.brooksidetreatment.com). As this can be a truly personal journey, many people seeking treatment don’t feel comfortable with their family or friends being around. This need for security is natural and quite common, and rehab can provide it.
Provides a personalised support plan
While the overarching structure and programming at a rehab center may be standardized, patients still receive individualised care plans. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery, and reputable rehab centers are designed around that fact.
Attending a structured addiction treatment program can help the person get the help they need. This aspect of rehab can help improve success rates over time.
Addresses dnderlying issues and trauma
People rarely happen into substance abuse; there’s often an underlying cause for why someone becomes addicted. The unfortunate reality is that many people who experience trauma are more likely to become addicts. This trauma could be anything from an assault resulting in PTSD, to generational trauma that is passed down through families. Unfortunately, people with substance abuse issues are also more likely to experience trauma after they start using, creating a vicious cycle.
Seeking rehabilitative treatment will help the individual identify and address those underlying causes. Additionally, they’ll do the work to start processing what happened and develop coping skills that will help them move through life with healthier coping mechanisms.
Helps develop life skills and independence
Addiction and substance abuse tend to start when a person is young – typically during the late teens and early 20s. As substance abuse can become all-consuming, many rehab patients lack the basic life skills that they need to move forward after treatment.
Not learning those life skills and developing independence makes them more likely to revert to their previous behavior. Many rehab programs incorporate life skills and independence-building in their programming.
Provides access to knowledgeable staff
Attending rehab ensures the person seeking treatment is surrounded by skilled and knowledgeable staff. Rehab teams include psychiatrists, nurses, doctors, and other trained staff members who are there to ensure the safety and wellness of the individual.
Often covered by insurance
Finally, most major insurance providers offer coverage for rehab programs. This feature can help offset the costs associated with seeking treatment — a significant barrier to many individuals. Treatment centers will typically offer to screen your insurance before commitments are made to determine what’s covered, so you can make an informed decision.
There are many compelling reasons to seek professional addiction treatment at a rehab centre. With the right support and a safe space, you or your loved one will have a better chance at maintaining sobriety and enhancing your quality of life.
Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.