Addiction recovery can often be a very difficult subject to discuss. There is a stigma attached to addiction. It makes it difficult for people to get the help they need when they need it. It’s important in that much of the stigma that surrounds addiction is based on false truths. The following guide walks you through a few of the most common misconceptions associated with addiction recovery.
Addiction Recovery is Only for the Wealthy
Many people assume the addiction recovery is extremely expensive. They think that there is no way for them to be able to get the treatment they need unless they have thousands of dollars at their disposal. This is not the case at all. Some insurance companies cover addiction treatment. They only require their clients to only have to pay a copay when they go in for treatment. Some addiction treatment facilities offer scholarship programs for those who cannot afford to pay for the services that are offered. This means that anyone can get help for drug addiction, regardless of their financial situation.
Addiction Recovery Must be Court Ordered
Many people do not realize that they can voluntarily enroll themselves into a treatment program when they’re addicted to drugs. It is a common misconception that the only way someone can get into a treatment facility is if they are court-ordered to get help for their addiction. Fortunately, anyone can enroll themselves in a drug treatment program whenever they choose. It is important to know that there are limited spots available at each treatment facility so the sooner you can enroll yourself the better.
Addiction Recovery Only Treats Addictions to Illegal Substances
Some people think that addiction programs only cater to people who are addicted to illegal substances will. They assume that if they are addicted to something that is legal such as alcohol or prescription medications that they will not be accepted into the program. Treatment programs cater to all forms of addiction. They can help you with an addiction to legal substances, illegal substances, sex, and even gambling. Someone that has a problem with addiction can easily transfer their addiction from one substance or thing to another if they do not get the proper help for their addiction.
Addiction Recovery Requires a Lengthy Stay
People with busy lives are often afraid to try addiction treatment because they think that they have to enroll in a long-term program. There are actually many different forms of addiction treatment available. Inpatient treatment requires you to stay at the treatment facility for an extended period of time. The length of time that you stay at the facility will vary based on the severity of your addiction and how well you adapt to the program. Outpatient treatment allows you to still live your daily life while getting help with your addiction. When you go to a treatment facility, you’ll learn about all of the options that are available and the staff can help you assess which option is the best for you.
Someone Can Only go to an Addiction Treatment Facility Once
A common misconception associated with addiction treatment is that once someone goes to a treatment program, they completely overcome their addiction and never have to worry about it again. That is not the case at all. It is very common for people in recovery to relapse and have to go in for treatment again. It is important to take the time to make sure that you are really committed to a treatment program before enrolling in one though. You do not want to waste your time or the staff’s time. If you do relapse, do not beat yourself up. Simply enroll yourself into a treatment program in focus on your sobriety again.
Before Going to a Treatment Program, You Have to be Clean
Some people think that they have to detox from drugs before they go into a treatment facility. This is not the case or recommended that all. When you detox in the treatment facility, your health is monitored by professionals and you are given medications to make the detox process easier. Treatment facilities are designed to help you get the drugs out of your system and then break your mental and physical addiction to them.
Detoxing at home can actually be dangerous. When your body craves the drugs that you are addicted to, there is a good chance that eventually you will give in to the temptation into the drugs again. When you do drugs after not doing them for so long, there is a good chance that you could overdose.
Addiction Recovery Treatment Ensures Sobriety
People in active addiction often think that once they get out of the treatment facility, they will be sober for the rest of their lives. Addiction treatment is not a magic program that permanently erases addiction from your life. Once you suffer from addiction, you always have the chance of relapsing. You have to make a conscious effort to stay sober. This means that you need to know what your triggers are and how to avoid them. This means not surrounding yourself with people who use drugs or drink on a regular basis or putting yourself in compromising situations that could lead to you using.
Addiction recovery treatment is designed to help people better their lives by recovering from addiction. There are treatment facilities located all around the world. It’s a good idea to find one that is located near your family so that you can visit with them when you get further into treatment if you choose in inpatient treatment option. You also want to find a local facility for outpatient treatment services. Once you finish with an inpatient program, you need to be able to seek counseling on a regular basis and may want to go to group meetings to have accountability and someone to talk to about the things that are going on your life. This can make sticking to sobriety easier and provide you with a safe outlet to tackle temptation when it arises.
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