Drug and alcohol abuse are present all around us. If you ask someone around you, there is a high chance that they or someone they know has been through or is struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs. With alcohol being a legal drink, available practically in any store for people over 21 and drugs, although illegal, accessible to people in every city and town, it is hard to imagine a world where people are not abusing these substances.
For people struggling with addictions to drugs or alcohol, their best options are drug and alcohol treatment programs. The positive side is that is now available pretty much in every town and city, and it is accessible to people who need it. Even so, there are a number of false reasons why people won’t join drug and alcohol rehab programs. Here are some myths and the reality about these centers:
- Rehab is for the weak. You might believe you are tough enough to brave a detox on your own, but the truth is that the deeper you go into drugs and alcohol, the harder it will be on your body and mind. This can have serious consequences that can even lead to death. Don’t play brave. Join a rehab program and get through the program with professional supervision to ensure your wellbeing.
- It will be hell. Detox and recovery are definitely hard processes and you will spend a very, very long time (even your whole lifetime) struggling not to go back to your poison of choice. Yes, getting clean is hard, but it is not impossible. A lot of people have done it and so can you. There are worse things in life and being an addict can lead you to those very things.
- You will be locked up. When you sign up for a recovery program, you will be required to follow certain guidelines that are in place to help you make things easier. Locking you up wouldn’t do anyone good; this should be a decision made by yourself and you should commit to it fully if you truly want to get your life back together.
- The recovery program is miraculous. No, it’s not. There is no magical solution to addictions. You will have the services and facilities you need to get better, but your progress will depend mostly on your attitude and your willingness to work towards your recovery.
- It will ruin your reputation. Let’s be honest here. The addiction has probably already stained it, so the best way to get that stain off, or at least hide it some is to get clean and prove to yourself and others that you are recovered and ready to work towards your new goals. Do this for yourself.
- It’s for addicts who are on the extreme. Rehab is for everyone. Addiction doesn’t seem like an addiction at first. Addicts don’t realize they depend on the drugs or alcohol until they are already in too deep, so if you are thinking you might have a problem, you probably do; and you need to get help ASAP.
- You are on your own. While on the program you will need to work several things on your own, but throughout the whole process, there will be a team of professionals overlooking your progress and offering their help. You will also get to a point where you will be able to work with peers who have been through similar situations.
- You have to stick to a specific general program. Every center offers different kinds of programs. You might be in a situation where you can join a certain program that you will be able to adapt to. You might have special needs where the best option will be a tailored program for you. Do some research and find out what options you have and what will work best for you.
- You will be cut off from the world. Certain programs require you to stop talking to outside people for a while in order to prevent relapses or negative emotional attachment, however, this is only a small part of the process and if you follow through and put the work, you will soon feel more connected than ever.
- You will be forced. The recovery process is your own to make and work as you please and your recovery process will depend on your attitude and the hard work you put into it. These programs are not about forcing you or prohibiting things. They are about helping you find your inner strength so you can get your life back.