To find true recovery from addiction, we must break down the barriers that keep people from seeking help in in their struggle. We have to get rid of the stigma that goes along with addiction and rehabilitation. If a person needs to get off drugs, they should be able to attend a rehab facility just as they would go to a hospital to get help for any other physical condition. Do not be afraid to ask for help to rid yourself of addiction and the turmoil and struggles that go along with it.
Get Past the Fear and Get Off Drugs
For many people that are having a problem with drugs or alcohol, overcoming that addiction to get off drugs can be the most difficult thing they will ever go through in their lifetime. First, there is the need to understand and admit that they have an addiction and that they need help. Then, they must dig deep to uncover and address the underlying causes of that dependency. There is also learning how to resist the urges and avoiding any triggers of relapse in their continued long-term sobriety. Without a doubt, the path to recovery from addiction and to get off drugs has many obstacles that must be overcome.
One of the first, and biggest, obstacles to get past is fear. For some, it could be a fear of change, because they are used to the way things have been for so long and are unsure of how to go about living life without using drugs or drinking. Others, particularly those who are in the public eye or hold positions of responsibility, might be afraid of a stigma that could affect their image, even though recovery from addiction is nothing to be ashamed of. Yet, many more people deal with a different kind of fear when it comes to getting clean and sober – fear of withdrawal symptoms.
To be certain, withdrawal can be extremely frightening. When a person is so reliant on certain substances to be in their system at all times, to the point where they are physically dependent, withdrawal symptoms are almost always a major factor in continuing on the deadly path of addiction. These symptoms, depending on the substance and amount used and the length of addiction, can vary from mild discomfort and sleeplessness to severe pain and nausea. In the most extreme of cases, withdrawal can potentially be life-threatening.
“For me, I couldn’t handle withdrawals,” says Cary H., one of the patients at a rehab center. “If you are withdrawing, don’t try to do it alone. Come to a facility where they can help you out.” One of the most helpful things that a facility can offer patients is medically supervised detox. This is where nursing staff and certified withdrawal technicians can assist the patient through even the most uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. While the effects of withdrawal can never be avoided entirely, the caring and compassionate staff in a detox clinic does everything that they can to help ease any discomfort.
A Behavioral Interventionist says she has seen many different patients through her work at a recovery center, each with their own struggles and their own concerns. “I know a lot of people will try on their own,” she observes. “There’s different aspects of recovery. There’s the mental aspect, the physical, and the spiritual aspect. If you take away one and you don’t nurture the others it’s not very successful. From my perspective, I think you have to have a healthy balance of all three. The best way to nurture those three aspects is to have the help of a facility with well-trained staff.”
Finding a Program that Works for You
Another factor that can make many people who are struggling with addiction afraid to seek help is the fear of failure. A lot of the patients in a treatment center have been through other recovery programs or facilities before coming to us. They often feel like nothing is ever going to help, and that they will always be stuck in the vicious cycle of addiction.
“Rehab centers that I’ve been to have all been 12-Step programs,” Cary says. “In developing recovery program, they found that there is more than one effective method to overcoming addiction. Every patient that we see is a unique individual, and each one will respond differently to any particular method of treatment.
The program is designed to be adaptable to the needs of any individual who comes to us seeking help in overcoming addiction. “They don’t just offer a ‘cookie-cutter’ approach, where every client does the same exact thing,” Bianca explains. “They have AA/NA; they have Native American; they have ACC, which is Applied Communications Course; they have SMART Recovery. So there’s variety.”
Additionally, many of them don’t force patients to conform to any 30-, 60-, or 90- day timeframe. They can work through the process at their own pace, taking as much time as they need to explore all of the options that we offer to find a treatment method that will work best for them.
“ACC has taught me how to be comfortable with myself,” Cary continues, “and confront situations that I’ve run from my entire life. Instead of running from my problems, they’ve taught me how to confront them – deal with it instead of using drugs to cover it up.” With the ability to explore different avenues of rehabilitation, Cary was able to find a treatment method that will be most effective and beneficial for his situation and his needs.
At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we believe that we have found a better way to help people get off drugs and be clean and sober. More than that, we feel that we can recommend a program that will help them find the tools that help them maintain long-term sobriety. They find a sense of hope and optimism for a brighter future in recovery.