Somebody who suffers from substance addiction will have no control over what they are doing. Their need for the drug or alcohol will take over their lives and absolutely every action that they take will be to get the next high. When somebody’s life is taken over to this extent, they can become barely recognisable to family and friends. Somebody who is addicted to a drug or alcohol will need it constantly. They may find it hard to find money to supply their habit eventually and could ask loved ones for help. Of course, they won’t say what the money is really for but eventually, as the addict’s condition worsens, the truth is found out. This kind of situation is often repeated many times for an addict until eventually, people that they have known for years will begin to distrust them.
When an addict is left to fend for themselves, they can quite often suffer a huge breakdown. They may turn to avenues to support their habit that they are not proud of. There comes a point when they will realise how far their life has departed from the life that they actually want. This realisation can lead to an addict seeking help in the form of rehab.
What is Rehab?
Rehab is the rehabilitation of people who are abusing their bodies with substances such as drugs and alcohol. At one stage, the stigma attached to such facilities was enough to keep rehab centres fairly well hidden from the rest of society. Nowadays, it seems there are news stories everywhere about celebrities ‘going on holiday’ to rehab all the time. The rehab centres that the rich and famous attend seem to be like 5-star hotels. Then there are films of rehabilitation clinics that are clinical and prison-like. The reality is that each facility is different from the next and the appearances range from one of the examples to the other.
One of the main reasons for why people dealing with substance abuse in Montgomeryshire may be reluctance about choosing drug and alcohol rehab is that they are worried about the stigma involved. While these concerns are understandable they usually do not justify avoiding this treatment. Some of the reasons for why people should not allow such concerns to prevent them from getting such help would include:
• The individual may feel that they have been hiding their addiction problems for other people, but this is often not the reality. It is more likely that people are aware that something is wrong, but they just do not want to get involved. This means that when the person chooses to enter rehab it is unlikely to come as that much of a surprise.
• If the individual remains addicted to alcohol or drugs it will mean that they are in a downward spiral and things will get worse over time. It is important to keep this in mind because the addiction is far more likely to ruin the person’s reputation than any time they spend in a detox centre.
• When people enter rehab most people will view this as a positive move. They will see that the person is taking concrete steps to fix their life.
• If people are really bothered about the stigma of being in a rehab they can choose a private facility. In some places it will be possible to for the individual to enter anonymously using a different name. The individual can tell friends that they are going away on holidays, and they will not even be telling any untruths because there are facilities in exotic locations.