How to Be Open-Minded about Rehab, Even if You Don’t Choose to Go

How to Be Open-Minded about Rehab, Even if You Don’t Choose to Go

It may be helpful to keep an open mind about rehab, even if you aren’t yet ready to go

Addiction and recovery is a sensitive subject for many people. Due to the unfair social stigmas attached to treatment, and the psychological damage caused by the disease, many people find themselves experiencing highly emotional reactions to the very idea of getting help. If you believe you or a loved one in California may be struggling with substance abuse, it is definitely in your best interest to keep an open mind about addiction and treatment, even if you are not yet ready to go.

Understanding Addiction

One reason it is difficult to remain open minded about rehab is because addiction is such a sensitive subject. Many people see chemical dependence as a sign of weak character or foolish choices. When a person starts to consider that he or she might have a drug or alcohol problem, the following emotional objections and excuses tend to combat a willingness to get help:

  • I can stop when I want to stop
  • My substance abuse isn’t really that bad
  • I know I have a problem but I am strong enough to deal with it myself
  • I can’t afford the time it would take to enter rehab
  • Rehab is for basket cases
  • I drink too much, but I’m not mentally ill
  • Rehab is miserable, I’m not ready for that
  • All I need is a few days to get through the detox stage and I’ll be fine
  • I learned my lesson, I’m never getting high again

The frustrating irony about addiction is that it changes the way the brain works in an insidious way. By chemically altering the individual’s emotional and cognitive functions it prevents him from understanding the true nature of his situation, the pain he is causing to others, and the fact that he needs help. The disease itself makes it extremely difficult to accept the fact that your use of drugs or alcohol has gotten out of control. Like a parasite that blinds its victim to its very presence, addiction blinds you to what is really going on in your brain. The addicted mind will use every psychological tool at its disposal to keep the short-term pleasure of substance abuse coming.

The simple truth is that if you feel defensive or dismissive about the idea of rehab it might be because your disease is blinding you. Consider the following symptoms of addiction and ask yourself, as honestly as possible, if any of these apply to you:

  • Do you find it difficult or impossible to stop drinking once you start?
  • Do you automatically associate having a good time with drinking or using drugs?
  • Do you continue to use substances even as negative consequences mount?
  • Have you unsuccessfully tried to quit using substances in the past?
  • Is there a history of substance abuse or addiction in your family?

If you answered, “yes” to any of those questions please consider, at least for the moment, that you might have an addiction problem that is hurting you and those you love. The next question then, is what are you going to do about it?

What Happens in Rehab?

Many people resist the idea of rehab for the following basic reasons:

  • They don’t think they need it
  • They don’t think it will work
  • They don’t think they can afford it
  • They think it will be miserable

These beliefs are reinforced by the psychological power of addiction, but they are not true. First, you do need help. Very few people can overcome addiction on their own because of the power the disease has over their perception and cognition. Second, contemporary rehab programs do work. When you find the kind of comprehensive treatment offered by several of the most effective rehab programs available today, you can develop a thorough understanding of the disease and effective new coping skills for recognizing triggers and dealing with pain. As far as the expense of treatment, most insurance programs cover treatment costs. Our team can help you confirm your own coverage details. Finally, despite their depiction on film and television, modern treatment programs are often vibrant, comfortable, and relaxing places with excellent resources, good food, and stimulating programming.

Why Being Open-Minded Is so Difficult

It’s difficult to remain open-minded about rehab because it’s difficult to admit when we need help. If you are struggling to stay open to the possible value of rehab consider the following suggestions:

  • Talk to people who have benefitted from treatment
  • Visit an effective treatment program and see for yourself what it is like
  • Call our toll-free helpline for free, confidential, answers to any other questions you have about rehab

Being open minded does not mean you have to enter treatment. Making a call and having a conversation does not commit you to anything. But if an addiction-free future could be yours, would it be worth some effort? How would your life change if you no longer needed drugs or alcohol to get through the day? How would your family’s life change? Is that kind of healing worth a call?

24 Hour Addiction and Rehab Helpline

If you believe you or a loved one in California may be struggling with substance abuse and are not sure how to proceed, call our toll-free helpline today. There are never any strings attached and you can remain completely anonymous if you choose. If you are feeling an emotional resistance to calling, consider the possibility that your disease is affecting your thinking on this. You have nothing to lose. Call now.

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