Substance addiction is the failure to be able to control ones actions due to the overwhelming need to self-medicate. There are various reasons that a person might begin to abuse drugs and alcohol. They could have suffered abuse, or been involved in a traumatic event that they find hard to cope with. Leaning on drugs and alcohol could have been a coping mechanism for the person at the time, but as the abuse progresses, day to day life without the substance of choice can become too much for the addict to cope with.
Why go to rehab
Rehabilitation centres exist to help addicts overcome their addictions and learn healthier coping mechanisms to deal with the challenges that life has thrown at them in the past as well as problems that may arise in the future. Help is given in a variety of ways including:
• Psychotherapy to establish the root of the problem and how a person came to lean on their substances.
• Workshops for healthy coping mechanisms to deal with some of the traits associated with addicts. For example, many addicts find it difficult to see things proportionally. A simple mistake or accident can lead them to feel as though they are losing control which can cause further frustration, anger and eventually a need to self-medicate again. Programs such as anger management may be offered in rehab so that people can learn to see the significance of a situation as it really is and manage their feelings appropriately without acting out or reaching for the drugs.
• Chores are implemented whilst staying in rehab. This gives each person the ability to look after themselves as they would do in the outside world. The act of carrying out chores gives a sense of responsibility.
Rehab deals with all aspects of addiction; physical, mental and emotional. Detoxing the body of harmful substances is only one step along the path of rehabilitation. The idea is to give people a sense that there is a very real place for them in the outside world that doesn’t involve alcohol or drugs. Those who go to rehab will have been made aware somehow that their life was empty and that they needed to change. Unfortunately, they might not have the tools or the knowhow to do this alone. With the help of professionals and peers at the rehab centre, addicts have a real chance of turning their lives around.