Are You Ready For Rehab? Some Questions That May Help You Decide
You know you have a substance use problem. Maybe there was a legal intervention involving drugs. Maybe your family intervened and confronted you about a drinking problem. Or maybe you’re just tired of it all and you know you’ve lost control. You know you have a problem, now you’re asking yourself, “Am I ready for addiction rehab?”
The good news is that knowing you have a problem and admitting it is the first step towards recovery. And the success rate of staying sober is higher when someone checks his or herself into a rehab center as opposed to being forced into treatment. But there are phases in this process and that is okay – remember that.
One of the most important phases is the transition from awareness of the problem to actually knowing that action is needed. As you’re thinking about your situation and the implications that seeking treatment could have on your life, take a moment to ask yourself these questions:
- Does the thought of treatment give you hope?
- Are you ready to do the work treatment takes?
- Do you feel like you want to quit, but don’t know how?
- Do you want help, and not just because your friends or family think you do?
- Are you fully ready to deal with the trauma and pain from your past life?
- Are substances preventing you from accomplishing your goals in life?
- Is your health declining because of drug or alcohol use?
- Are you ready to be brutally honest with yourself, family, and others?
- Are you having a hard time emotionally without using drugs or alcohol?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be ready, or at least open, for addiction rehabilitation. But to know for sure, you need to talk to a treatment counselor. It may seem that your addiction has taken control of your life, but you are still in control and this doesn’t have to be your story.
Are You Honest With Yourself?
Being honest does not come easy, especially when being honest could have an incredible impact on the very near future. Self-deception can cloud the judgment of anyone. The truth about yourself is inescapable. You can run, but you can’t hide. That being said, everything that is true about you will always be true about you at its foundation. Not only that, but necessities also remain. If you need help, shouldn’t you get it no matter what?
Yes, treatment is scary; yes, there are a lot of unknowns, but if you allow yourself to be honest, there’s nothing more to fear than the truth of the matter. Once you’ve come to accept that truth, you can become fearless. Suddenly when one is able to accept themselves in the circumstance they’re surrounded by, what anybody else thinks won’t matter. At the end of the day, nobody knows anybody better than themselves.
In addition to all of this, it is also imperative to be honest with oneself because it allows them to recognize what they want. It can be difficult to distinguish between desires and necessities when struggling with an addiction. For example, someone experiencing withdrawal may find themselves wanting more of a substance, but at the end of the day it won’t work out well for them, which is why they need treatment.
In order to develop a desire to pursue sobriety, it is imperative to be real with where you’re at. Once someone is able to plant themselves firmly in the truth of who they are, they’ll grow leaps and bounds in their recovery.
In addition to all of this, being transparent with yourself also allows you to be honest with others. Lying to and convincing oneself of one thing while the truth is the exact opposite is the most difficult lie to tell. Once someone is free from that burden, everything else becomes that much more bearable.
What Happens When You’re Honest With Yourself?
Nobody has a successful relationship with anyone if they’re not being honest with one another. This is especially true if someone isn’t being honest with themselves, and that’s because if they’re hiding the truth from themselves, how are they supposed to give the truth to those they love?
The difference between those kinds of toxic behaviors in relationships and healthy relationships is that the healthy ones are founded upon transparency and understanding; when that is gutted from the root of the relationship, it no longer has any legs to stand on.
Once someone is honest with themselves they begin to feel free. This freedom leads to an environment of trust and understanding. This allows for the individuals in question to become more open with others that they care about. Not only that, but this also makes room for clarity. Lies and deception always muddy the waters of any good relationship.
Once one lie is found out, what’s to say anything else isn’t untrue? Being honest with yourself and others allows you to see that the truth is much more important than fleeting emotions. This brings people towards making wiser life decisions.
Becoming more transparent allows individuals to accept responsibility for things that they previously would not have. Accepting responsibility and doing one’s best to set goals moving forward is the right step to take towards a life of sobriety.
Are Substances Preventing you from Accomplishing Your Goals in Life?
Goal setting is an important part of every-day improvement and accomplishment. Being disciplined in this regard is difficult enough when sober; when substance abuse gets caught up in the mix, it becomes a lot more difficult to even find the motivation to think about setting goals. At that point, the mind is too focused on getting its next high.
No high will ever be as strong as the first. This is why it is imperative to understand the consequences of drug use because one hit could be all it takes to get hooked. Once someone achieves a high, dopamine shoots to the part of the brain that triggers the feeling of pleasure. Once this happens, the pleasure of love, accomplishment, and anything else in life will be overshadowed by the high someone has felt.
To some individuals, this won’t be a make or break decision. Chances are, goal setting is difficult for them. It actually is for most people. Setting goals and achieving them take a ton of energy and effort, but there are many advantages to doing so. For example, setting goals helps develop new, healthier behaviors. This way people can guide their own focus and capitalize on their positive energy.
Are You Having a Hard Time Emotionally Without Drugs and Alcohol?
When spending time without using drugs and alcohol, some symptoms of withdrawal may include depression and anxiety. This is completely normal but is also a sign that you may be suffering from substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol, when used, send chemical signals to the pleasure center of the brain, allowing individuals to feel happier or even at ease with their depressive or anxious state of mind.
Having a hard time emotionally without drugs and alcohol could mean you are addicted. In cases such as these, it is imperative that you look for help. There are different ways, healthier ways, that you can combat your depression and anxiety. These methods don’t involve coping with alcohol or drugs. Some include the following:
- Seeking professional help
- Medically assisted treatment
- Spending time outside
There is, however, only so much that some methods can do. The best way to combat these mental health disorders is to seek professional help in the form of medically assisted treatment. If depression and anxiety have come as a result of being without drugs and alcohol, or even if they were always there, to begin with, there are medications that can help those struggling.
Medically-assisted treatment (MAT) is a method of care in which the goal is to curb the symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal is a very difficult part of recovery and could potentially lead to relapse if not treated the right way. This is why medically-assisted recovery is so important. Professional health care providers are able to truly evaluate each individual’s circumstances in order that they treat them with the correct medicine.
This, in turn, allows for an individual to be weaned off of drugs and alcohol comfortably and successfully. Not only that, but it can simultaneously help them manage their depression, anxiety, or any other mental health disorder.
For those who are suffering from substance use disorder, recovery is never an easy process. If you or a loved one is battling addiction or a substance use disorder and you’re ready for treatment, get help now.
Make the life-saving decision to free yourself from the harmful and deadly effects of addiction and contact Daylight Recovery Services today. While there is no cure for addiction, treatment is available and there is hope in recovery. So when you are ready – do not be afraid to ask for help.