It is no secret that drugs and alcohol cause destruction in one’s life. If you are in the grips of addiction there are many aspects of your life that are falling about and have deteriorated to a degree where daily life is severely impacted. Your health is deteriorating, your relationships with friends and family are falling apart, you might be facing legal issues and your finances are going down the drain. Your situation will get worse if you don’t get help. Getting treatment at a drug and alcohol rehab center can turn your life around and get you back to living a healthy life.
Think You Can Do it Yourself?
Before you can go into rehab to get the help, guidance, and support that you need, there are some steps that you need to take in order to make the process more fulfilling and will give you the best chance for long-term recovery.
Admitting That You Have a Problem
The first and most important step is admitting that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Once you have come to the realization that you can’t handle your substance abuse issues on your own and need help from professionals can be a frightening, but life-changing experience. After you have committed to getting clean and sober, the next step is to find a drug treatment that will best fit your needs. This can be difficult for many reasons, but finding the courage to take that step will be the best thing for you to do.
The process of finding a rehab facility that best fits your needs and issues can be a daunting task. There are so many rehab programs out there, it can be overwhelming. If you don’t have a clear idea of where to go, it’s best to call a drug and alcohol helpline first. The staff at these hotlines may collect general information about you and your situation. Some of the questions they may ask would include the following:
- What type of substances are you using/abusing?
- How long and how often have you been abusing the substances?
- Have you received treatment before?
- What is your current living and employment situation?
- Are there any medical issues?
With the information that the helpline gathers, they find the best rehab facility for you. You may also try contacting doctors, addiction specialists, addiction therapists and other mental health professionals. Additionally, you can also access the websites of nationally recognized treatment centers such as Hazelden, Caron and Palm Beach Institute.
Going to Rehab?
Telling Family and Friends
It is important to let your loved ones know that you will be going away to rehab. Be sure to let them know the details, such as the name of the drug and alcohol rehab facility, the location of the facility, how long you are going to be away among other things. Telling family and friends will also help you in case you get cold feet and, additionally, your support system can help you with the logistics of getting to the drug treatment center.
For the Family
You may be a few hours away from getting on a plane, train or in a car that will take you to rehab. Your addiction may trick you into thinking that you can have just one more high before going. This last hurrah before rehab can keep you from getting the help you need and that “one last fling” you have may result in an overdose and you may die before you go to treatment.
Starting a New Chapter
The decision to break the cycle of insanity that addiction results in is life-changing. You need the courage to make a change and enter a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. With the support and encouragement from those family members and friends who support you, you can begin anew and free from the grips of addiction and embrace a healthier recovery-based life.
Find Healing at the Palm Beach Institute
If you or a loved one is ready to stop using drugs & alcohol and is ready to take the next step, contact The Palm Beach Institute today at 1-855-534-3574. Our qualified staff is here to help you through all the phases of drug & alcohol treatment including detox, inpatient treatment and aftercare. Our program provides you with the tools you need to start a new sober life and achieve ongoing recovery for years to come.