If you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, the last thing that might be on your mind is getting treatment. You, like many other addicts and alcoholics, are likely more consumed in your active addiction (seeking out your substances of choice, going to all ends to obtain these substances, and of course, using the substances) than anything else in your life. Your family, your job, and your physical health might currently be on the backburner while you spiral deeper and deeper into addiction.
No one ever begins experimenting with drugs and/or alcohol with the intent of becoming an addict or an alcoholic. With a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors, however, developing an addiction can be easier than one might think. Whether you started using to fit in at parties or to self-medicate painful emotions, when an addiction becomes unmanageable, then it is time to hang it up and reach out for help.
One of the main characteristics of someone who is an addict or an alcoholic is denial (and no, we don’t mean the river in Egypt). You likely feel that you can control how you use or when you use. You probably think that you can stop whenever you want to. You might even think that you do not have any signs or symptoms of an addiction at all and that everyone around you is crazy. This is extremely common for those who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, as well as their loved ones. The longer that the entire family unit (addict or alcoholic included) lives under a veil of denial, the closer everyone gets to disaster and tragedy.
Six Signs You Need Residential Rehab
At some point, either you or your family might come to the realization that some intervention in your addiction needs to occur. You might think that you just need to detox off drugs and that’s it, or that you can go talk to a therapist from time to time to make it better. However, that is usually not the way in which an addict or alcoholic gets sober. In most cases, addicts and alcoholics need more focused, professional treatment, such as residential rehab.
While every addict and alcoholic is different, there are some common signs that you need residential rehab.
You keep trying to quit but you can’t
You have tried before, possibly even many times, to stop using. You might have had success for a while until you started using it again. For many people, this cycle of back-and-forth drug and alcohol abuse often signifies that there is more to the issue than just using on and off. If these behaviors match yours, attending residential rehab can be hugely beneficial for you. Not only will you learn how to cope with your cravings and compulsions to use, but you will also be able to address the underlying causes for why you keep going back to your active addiction.
You have other mental health issues
Approximately 50% of addicts and alcoholics have one or more mental illnesses in conjunction with their addictions. It is very common for people who abuse drugs and/or alcohol to suffer from conditions like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and more. If you have a mental health condition and have an addiction, going to a residential rehab gives you the opportunity to receive treatment for both conditions at the same time. Studies show that when addiction and mental illnesses are treated simultaneously, patients are more likely to achieve sobriety and remain in recovery.
You live in a negative environment
When you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, one of the consequences of this disease is that you might not be able to stay with loved ones because of your behaviors. You might make the poor choice of living with others who abuse, or even worse, you might find yourself homeless. Residential rehab can provide you with a safe and non-threatening place to stay while you work on your recovery. This kind of treatment setting can also keep you from giving up and using again.
You need medical assistance while detoxing
Most residential treatment centers offer detoxification services for those who are physically dependent on drugs and/or alcohol. When you stop your use of your substances of choice, you can experience extremely upsetting withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be harmful and potentially deadly. Medical detox is often necessary if you are withdrawing from alcohol or benzodiazepines, as the symptoms that occur after the use of these substances can cause death. While in a residential rehab, you can get the medical help that you need in order to get through this tough time, and then continue on with further psychiatric care.
You are addicted to more than one substance
Being addicted to two or more substances can make your condition extremely complex. The only thing that can help unravel that complexity is time, which you get plenty of while in residential rehab. Also, you will not be distracted by other outside events while in residential rehab, making it easier for you to focus on your addictions and what steps you need to take in order to remain sober.
Your behaviors have become erratic
Being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol can cause you to behave in erratic ways. For example, you might be aggressive or impulsive. You may make poor decisions, such as driving while under the influence. If you are unable to control your behaviors and are putting both yourself and others in harm’s way, then a residential treatment program can be beneficial for you. Not only will you have a safe place to stay, but you can work with professionals who can help you address these behaviors on a regular basis.
Residential rehab is an excellent choice for treatment, as it connects you to medical and psychiatric professionals, provides you with a non-threatening environment, and allows you to work on the challenges you are facing. There are countless reasons why individuals need residential rehab outside of those previously mentioned, however, if you are currently experiencing any of the signs above, it is time to take that first step and get help.
We understand that addiction is painful, confusing, angering, and depressing. We know how you are feeling, and we know that we can empathize with your situation. By reaching out to us today, we can connect with you in a way that helps you begin your own journey towards recovery. We will be there to support and guide you every step of the way.
Do not wait any longer. Call us right now to find out how we can help you say goodbye to your active addiction and hello to a life of recovery. We can help you.