If you’re having problems with a substance, it might be time to take action and get the help you need. That’s easier said than done though. Here’s how to approach drug rehabilitation if you’re thinking about it.
Establishing That You’re Addicted
Before you can go any further, you’ll need to face up to your problems and fully evaluate your situation. It takes some people longer than others to fully realize that they have an addiction problem. If you’re no longer in control of your habit, then it’s safe to say that you’re addicted.
If you’re starting to steal, lie to people and find yourself short of money as a result of your habit, you have a problem that needs facing up to. And if your problem is with prescription medication, you might notice that you’re hiding how many you’re taking.
What to Do Next?
So, what do you do next once you’ve established that you have an addiction. The first logical step is to talk to a doctor about your problems. Then, they’ll refer you to a rehabilitation facility if they think it’s necessary. Alternatively, you could go directly to a rehabilitation facility if you don’t want to talk to a doctor.
If you do want to go directly into rehab, there are plenty of facilities to choose from. Health care providers like Bria Health Services offer rehabilitation for addicts, or you could use a specialist addiction center. It all depends on what you’re looking for from your rehab experience.
What Does Rehabilitation Involve?
There are many different forms of rehabilitation. And which one you use will depend on the nature of your addiction and the plan of action that is decided on by healthcare professionals. Your experience will be individual to you and will be tailored to your specific needs. But there are two main types of treatment that are used.
The first is talking therapy. This is when you discuss your addiction openly and try to discover why it is you became addicted in the first place. This kind of treatment is great for finding and treating underlying problems and has a lot of supporters. It’s seen as being less of a quick fix and more of a long-term treatment for addicts. You will probably have one to one therapy as well as group therapy where you work with fellow addicts. And talking therapy might be used alongside other treatments too.
The second is substitute prescribing. This means the drug you’re addicted to will be replaced with a less dangerous alternative drug to help you become clean. For example, heroin addicts will have the drug replaced with methadone. This is most common with addictions involving opiates. This treatment aims to get you off the drug slowly without suffering withdrawal. There is a chance that you could get addicted to the substitute drug though.
There is no fool-proof way of treating an addiction, but rehabilitation is the best option open to you. Going cold turkey and trying to quit alone is not a good idea and could damage your health even more.