Last updated: 05/6/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Recovery often takes a long time, but addiction treatment can actually get you on the fast track to a better life and a happier, safer you.
1. Minimizing Relapse Potential
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Relapse rates for addiction resemble those of other chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.” Because addiction is a chronic disease, it is almost impossible to completely rule out the potential for relapse, but when a person attends professional treatment, the likelihood of relapse decreases somewhat, allowing them to reach a place of stability faster.
A large number of individuals relapse during withdrawal alone because the symptoms they experience can be so uncomfortable or frightening that they return to their substance abuse as a result. Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly painful, stimulant symptoms can be psychologically unbearable, and both alcohol and CNS depressant withdrawal can be deadly. As such, many people return to using if they are not being treated with medications and other detox solutions during the process.
In addition, others may get through withdrawal but eventually return to their substance abuse because they have not learned how to modify their behavior for the better. Addiction treatment can help teach patients how to change their beliefs and actions to recognize times when they are vulnerable to relapse and then avoid it. When you attend treatment, you are much less likely to relapse, which will keep you from setting your recovery back.
2. Improving Your Self-Image
Many people who turn to substance abuse treatment struggle with their self-image and self-esteem. One of the reasons for this is the stigma that is placed on addiction and those who succumb to it, according to the NIDA. Unfortunately, those who continue to carry these issues of self-worth are more likely to struggle with their addictions over time than those who are able to regain their confidence and pride.
Rehab programs often focus on helping patients rebuild their self-respect. Much of the therapy surrounding addiction treatment is based on helping individuals change their attitudes about drug abuse and themselves. However, those who don’t seek this kind of treatment often carry these issues around longer, making it harder for them to build a strong recovery.
In addition, this can also include the treatment of co-occurring mental disorders like depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, etc. As stated by the NIDA, if a recovering addict is also suffering from one of these issues and it goes untreated, it is likely to derail their recovery and make them relapse. Treatment can help with all of these issues, giving you a more successful recovery, faster.
3. Improving Your Functionality at Work, Home, and Society
If you attend addiction treatment, you will be able to function better in the other areas of your life, including the professional, personal, and social. It has been proven that addiction treatment helps individuals create a better life for themselves in all these respects, rather than just putting a stop to substance abuse. And in many ways, this can also improve the speed of your recovery.
If your life is better in many ways, you will want to preserve these improvements. Therefore, you will be much less likely to return to drug abuse. And because your treatment program will likely offer different options for the other areas of your life, including
- Family therapy
- Vocational counseling
- Housing help
- Educational counseling
- HIV prevention and testing
you can start the see the improvements it is making in your life early on.
If you attempt to go through this process alone with no one helping you, it will often take much longer for you to recover and get your life back to the way you want it. With treatment, everything will happen faster because you will have healthcare professionals working with you every step of the way.