Last updated: 05/6/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Without rehab, it can be extremely difficult to put an end to your substance abuse and the issues associated with it. Therefore, seeking treatment is often the best decision for a safe and effective recovery.
The Effectiveness of Rehab
It is incredibly difficult to quit using drugs completely on your own. What’s more, even having a supportive group of family and friends, though very helpful for recovery, isn’t usually enough on its own to help someone stop abusing drugs and make a change for the better (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Attending a rehab program is often extremely necessary for recovery, especially from a full-blown addiction.
Rehab is actually a very effective treatment for addiction, and while the disease itself is chronic and, therefore, likely to lead to relapse, going through a professional treatment program can actually minimize the likelihood of relapse. According to the NIDA, research has shown that individuals who “get into and remain in treatment” are able to
- Stop using drugs
- Decrease their criminal activity
- Improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning
Rehab is extremely helpful to those who otherwise would not have been able to stop using drugs on their own and those who are suffering from additional issues. It is important to understand what addiction is and why, without rehab, it can be almost impossible to stop. Addiction is a disease that changes the way the brain works, which is why the effectiveness of rehab is so crucial to recovery.
Am I an Addict?
You may still be wondering if you truly need rehab. If you are an addict, this is the safest and most effective way for you to ensure a strong recovery. But how do you know if you are truly an addict? Talking to your doctor can help you get a medical opinion, but there are a number of signs of addiction that you can recognize yourself.
- You are constantly thinking about using, even when you aren’t currently doing so.
- You make excuses for yourself to use drugs, even when you know that you shouldn’t.
- You use or drink when you are alone.
- The activities that once interested and excited you no longer do.
- You neglect your responsibilities in order to use more.
- Your loved ones have expressed concern for your health and the extent of your drug abuse.
- When you cannot use drugs, you experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
- Your tolerance for the substance or substances you use has increased considerably, causing you to take higher and higher doses of the drug.
- Your life has been affected negatively in more than one way by your substance abuse.
- You have been arrested, gotten in trouble with the law, etc.
- You have been reprimanded at work, fired, etc.
- Your grades have been slipping, you have been expelled, etc.
- You have experienced financial problems.
- You have lost a relationship that was very important to you.
- You do not feel that you will be able to stop on your own, even though you may want to.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, there is a strong chance you are struggling with a full-blown addiction. As a result, rehab may be necessary for your safe recovery. Especially if you do not feel you will be able to stop using drugs without some sort of help, it is time to seek professional care.
Do I Really Need Rehab?
If you are an addict, you will likely need rehab in order to make a change and stop abusing drugs. In many cases, more than one rehab program might be necessary for your long-term health. But rehab comes in different forms and should be catered to your specific needs at the time of treatment. According to the NIDA, “Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time.”
Rehab can be the deciding factor in whether or not you are able to safely and successfully recover from addiction. Because the disease itself causes so many changes in the brain and body, you will likely need intensive treatment in order to reestablish the life you want.