With all of the reasons that anyone can create to avoid going to the doctor, it’s not hard to imagine that some of the same avoiding and skirting can apply to rehab. The rumors that circulate through communities of drug users that ridicule and make an enemy out of rehab have an effect on people who need to heal.

Some, though, are able to pull past these less-appetizing details to seek help for their addiction. Having plenty of support as you work through your addiction is imperative, but it’s even more important to believe in yourself, and in your ability to come out of addiction. Choosing rehab doesn’t mean you’ve failed, or that you’re weak. It means that it’s time for a change, and there are plenty of options for everything that you might need while you’re healing. A rehab facility will have people on-staff and available to give you the care that you need, and ensure that your stay is both restful, and productive.

If it’s not you that’s having a difficult time finding a reason to go to rehab, there are options. First, try reaching out to an interventionist – their job is to create a comfortable, warm environment in which an addicted person and their family confront the addicted person about the hurt they’re causing their family.

Here are some of the excuses that you may use or hear being used to avoid entering rehab.

Doesn’t Work

rehab excusesFew other things can be said to a person considering rehab that are more impactful than, ‘It doesn’t work.’ People living with addiction understand that rehab exists, but getting them in can be made more difficult when they don’t feel that the step of attending rehab is worth their time and energy. What’s worse, people living with addiction themselves know people who’ve attended rehab, and returned to their old habits within weeks of completing treatment.

The thing about rehab is that rehab does work, but requires commitment on the part of the former user, and may require more than one stay. This, for may people, is daunting: not only can rehab be extremely expensive if you do not have health insurance, but there is also a question of the quality of care. Facilities that are less expensive will have fewer resources, and this makes things difficult not only for patients who are in desperate need of quality care, but also on rehab center staff. Without the guarantee of successfully completing treatment at the end of a program, the chances are dismal for an addicted person.

You’ll Relapse Anyway

This is an argument that can come from yourself, or from someone close to you who is living with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Let’s be perfectly clear, first: depending on how you respond to treatment, and of course, how you fare after completing a program, it is possible that you may need to return to an inpatient, or residential treatment program. You will see multiple trips to rehab most often by those who are living with addiction to highly potent street drugs, like heroin, an opioid whose addiction is extremely difficult to break, and like meth, a synthetic stimulant whose overdoses cause brain damage.

Alcohol, too, is a drug that will often send a person to rehab multiple times. While it is true that the possibility of relapse is high, quality treatment that includes holistic practices and lifelong therapy can drastically reduce the possibility that you will fall back into your dangerous old habits. Remember also that there is no cure for addiction – but there is treatment that can continue throughout your life that will also help you to keep your life healthy. On top of that, any therapist can tell you that assuming that you will fail is damaging to your self-esteem, and getting through rehab can be difficult enough.

Too Expensive

There is no way around it – drug and alcohol rehabilitation is an expensive medical and mental health service. Some programs are more expensive than others, absolutely, but the good news is that insurance makes everything a great deal cheaper. If your private insurance doesn’t cover the cost of rehabilitation, state or federal programs may be able to assist you. Even the people who work at rehabilitation facilities that can assist you with finding ways to pay for your treatment, but remember that it is feasible that you won’t have to go into debt while trying to get yourself back on track. Receiving quality care is the best way to get your journey to lifelong sobriety off to a running start!

Every insurance doesn’t cover every treatment program, but the reduced cost of some outpatient programs may entice your insurance to continue to assist. These programs, however, should not come before, or in lieu of inpatient treatment programs – they are for strong reinforcement of the tools you receive during inpatient treatment.

No Freedom

While you’re required to stay at the facility for any inpatient treatment program, outpatient programs require that you stay somewhere else. Even at an inpatient treatment facility, it’s not prison, despite the way some may feel about staying in a facility. Today’s inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs are particularly focused on providing the best possible experience to every patient. Therapies specific to Adderall, Meth, and other highly-addictive drugs, are offered at various facilities, giving you the opportunity to get the kind of focused relief that you need. One of the greatest advantages to inpatient programs, no matter how claustrophobic they may seem, is the time spent with people. During rehab, everyone has different challenges, but everyone is brought together by the common thread of recovery. Rarely can a rehabilitation clinic physically force you to stay, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

In truth, rehab is its own freedom. You’ll be free of the cloud of drugs, and have another chance to find a great path to the rest of your life. You will still have difficult times, and managing drug cravings can make things even harder. As strong support system is an irreplaceable and quintessential part of fighting addiction.

Talk to Someone Who’s Been There. Talk to Someone Who Can Help. Scottsdale Recovery Center holds the highest accreditation (Joint Commission) and is Arizona’s premier rehab facility since 2007. Call 888-663-7847.

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