Do I Need to Go to Rehab?

By Adam Cook, contributor.

Whether or not you need inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation services for your drug or alcohol addiction is not an easy question to answer. Everyone is different, and there are plenty of people who are able to overcome their addiction without professional help. But for some people struggling with addiction, rehab may be a necessary step.

This article won’t try to answer definitively if you should consider rehab. That’s something that you need to decide through personal exploration, conversations with friends and family, and consultations with your doctor. What it will do is provide some basic questions to think about when making your decision on how to steer your own path the recovery.

Is my addiction serious enough to warrant rehab?

Once again, this question is very subjective. It’s impossible to make blanket guidelines for who does and does not need rehab services, but there are some questions that you can ask yourself that can help you gauge how serious your, or your loved one’s, addiction has become.

– Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use substances? If so, it may be more likely that a rehab facility is needed.

– Is your substance abuse putting you in trouble with the law?

– Have your interpersonal relationships struggled due to your substance abuse?

– Have you tried to quit drinking/using before and failed?

– Do you want to quit but are unsure how to go about it, and do you feel helpless?

These basic questions are based on a classic questionnaire that many groups like Alcoholics Anonymous use to determine whether someone truly has a problem.  If you answered yes to the above questions, your substance addiction may be classified as more serious.

If you choose rehab services, do you need inpatient care?

Inpatient rehab involves checking into a facility and staying there 24/7. Recently more outpatient options have opened up, where people go to a facility for a few hours a few times a week or so but do not stay overnight. Inpatient or residential programs are the most intensive substance addiction programs you can find, and it’s important to weigh your options and decide if it is truly right for you and your situation.

Another thing to consider is whether or not your home life is conducive to recovery. If you have a solid support structure in place, maybe outpatient is the way to go.

Do I have to go to rehab to succeed?

Absolutely not. Plenty of addicts find the strength to overcome their addictions through a variety of non-professional means. Group meetings, meditation, prayer, new hobbies, and social support are all ways to tackle addiction at home. Even if you go to rehab, you won’t be “cured”. That’s why they call it recovery, not a cure. No matter what, everyone on the path will have to do the majority of it without professional help. It doesn’t mean that you’re alone, it simply means that the fight to stay sober comes from within.

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