If you have been suffering from addiction for a long time and have finally decided to get help, you may have been referred to an inpatient rehabilitation centre. This is often the case for those with the most severe addictions as this will give them the best chance of success. However, it is normal for those facing inpatient treatment to be worried or afraid of what lies ahead.
If you are one of these individuals, then you may be scared to be away from your family or you may feel that you are about to be locked up. These feelings are completely normal but you need to remember that, unless you face these fears, your addiction will get worse and could cause serious health problems. The truth is that rehab is often a life or death situation.
Danger of Not Going to Rehab
Continuing to drink because you are scared of rehab is very dangerous. Alcohol addiction is a serious medical condition that could very well lead to death if untreated. Going to rehab will give you the chance to get your life back on track. At the end of the day, if you do not go, you are putting yourself in danger and causing unnecessary anxiety to your loved ones.
You may be worried about your job if you are going to be in alcohol rehab for a certain length of time, or that you will have to spend your savings on the treatment. However, what will any of that matter if you develop a serious illness because of your drinking – or worse if you die because of it. These things are meaningless if you are not well enough to have to worry about them.
How to Prepare for Rehab
Once you have come to terms with the fact that rehab really is your only option, you can make it easier on yourself by preparing beforehand.
- Remember that fear is normal. If you were going into hospital for an operation, you would no doubt be scared of that. You are not alone in worrying about rehab – almost everyone who is entering for the first time will be scared, as they just do not know what it is like.
- Before entering the rehab facility, speak to a counsellor or advisor about your fears. Let them know exactly what it is that you are afraid of. It may be that you are scared of the process or scared that you are going to die. Whatever it is, a counsellor or advisor will be able to calm your fears before you begin your treatment.
- Find out as much as you can about the clinic before you enter. There will be plenty of information online and most clinics will have expert advisors on hand to talk you through the process before your rehabilitation begins. You may be allowed to get a tour of the clinic beforehand so that you know what to expect.
Make the Commitment
Many addicts fear rehabilitation and, despite the fact that they have agreed to go, will not give it their full attention. They are scared that they will fail in their attempts to get sober and would rather not put any effort in than try hard and fail.
If you want to get the most from your rehabilitation programme, you must be prepared to fully commit to it. Do everything you can to ensure you succeed and you may be on the road to a new sober life before you know it. If you are ready to make the change, you will be surprised at how good you will feel when you do succeed.