For people struggling with addiction, the choice to seek professional help doesn’t come easily. There are many factors that play in their minds and hold them back from taking such a positive life changing step:
• By the time somebody considers receiving help for their problem, it is likely that they have been abusing substances for a considerable amount of time. They may even have grown up around substance abuse. Either way, they will be used to living with their substance. The thought of living without it, even though they know it is harming them, could be terrifying to an addict.
• Failure is another reason for addicts to shy away from detox centres. Some may have turned to drugs and alcohol after feeling as though they have failed in other aspects of life. They may believe that not trying in the first instance is better than trying and failing.
• They may not want to deal with reality. Many substance abusers take drugs and alcohol in order to distance themselves from the reality of the world. They might shirk responsibility or want to forget some painful memory. Saying no to the drugs and the alcohol means having to look at problems head on again. For those who are especially unable to cope with life, this is the single most important reason for them not to go to rehab.
Rehab uses different methods and treatment programs to help individuals not only get clean, but to deal with their worries and teach them independence. This way, when patients leave the program, they will have the tools to live a normal life without feeling the need to go back to drugs and alcohol.
Severe cases of substance abuse will normally require people to stay at a detox centre for a length of time (anywhere from a month upwards). Then there are programs which allow patients to call in to the centres for certain therapy sessions and to be administered medication a few times a week. Some patients may attend the clinic full time, spending all day doing activities, therapy sessions, workshops and everything else rehab entails, but sleeping their own homes rather than at the clinic.