Should I Seek Treatment?
SHOULD I SEEK TREATMENT?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in the United States some 22.7 million people need treatment for substance abuse. But every year, less than 1% of those people receive the help they need. Those statistics are staggering when you consider the number of untreated citizens within our nation. Many people are unaware of the fact that someone doesn’t need to just be physically addicted to a substance to potentially admit to a rehab facility. Oftentimes, the disease of addiction doesn’t just manifest itself in physically. It manifests itself emotionally, financially, and spiritually as well. If someone were to examine their life and find that their addiction is having negative effects on it, then it would be a good time to take a closer look as to why.
Many people struggling with the disease of addiction are likely to argue that they do not need treatment. The addict contends that he or she will not go to treatment because to put it plainly, they do not want it. He or she will argue that they “truly enjoy” drinking and using drugs, and if they truly wanted to abstain from all mood-altering substances, that they could probably do that for themselves without any outside help. This argument is typically built on the foundation of one of the most common defense mechanisms: denial.
Remaining in denial interferes with an addict’s ability to overcome obstacles. Let us be clear here — the greater problem is not that the individual needs help, the key issue is that the individual is not convinced of this.
It’s a difficult thing for anyone to admit that they lack control over their own lives. However, if you or someone you know is caught in the grips of addiction, breaking through that barrier of denial is a crucial step towards getting better. Just keep in mind that once someone does, they are already well on the path to recovery.
If you are struggling with addiction, the fact of the matter is that not only has your brain been hijacked by any number of substances, but your body has become dependent on said substances, and you need help to become free from that dependence. You are not a bad person who has to go to treatment to become “good,” you are an ill person who might want to go to rehab to become well, and learn how to successfully maintain sobriety. This is a disease, and with the right guidance, you can arrest it.
Envision treatment as a diversion to your disease, a disruption to the pattern if you will, because essentially that is what you are doing—you are disrupting your pattern of substance abuse, so that you can learn how to live a clean and sober life, and continue to maintain that lifestyle.
Ask yourself a question in regards to treatment;
If nothing changes for you soon, is your life going to improve, or is it going to get worse? If you are truly honest with yourself, you already know the answer to that question.