It is no gimmick that people who suffer from addiction are far more likely to recover if they go to rehab. This is a truth. Detoxifying from abuse of drugs or alcohol without professional help is almost impossible.
Breaking the spell of gambling, sex addiction, or compulsive overeating is equally hard. The temptation to overspend or exercise too much can be so compelling that, even if you are committed to change, the initial days after quitting are too much to handle with just friends there to keep an eye on you or, worse still, on your own.
Recovering from an addiction is like breaking out of a prison, but it is a prison of your own making. To fully recover, all the walls have to come down too. That is what takes the longest: destroying your inner cell.
Freedom starts with detoxification if you are a substance abuser. Even if your addiction is not to a substance, you have to quit. No one takes part in rehab while she is still abusing a substance like food, gambling, or booze.
Detoxify Your Mind and Body
Detox is the word for a clinically supervised withdrawal. Your objective is to learn to stop and to get over the initial panic and/or pain this will cause. Even if you are not chemically reliant on a vice, it becomes part of your routine; your way of coping. Taking it away causes anxiety.
Professionals know the signs of serious medical distress which occur so often when someone detoxifies from a drug. Imagine going through this in your bedroom at home. The thought is chilling.
Rehab is for anyone who feels his life is out of control. An anorexic individual is unable to start eating without worrying she will put on weight, which is exactly what she needs. What stops her from seeing her body realistically? A porn addict needs to understand what he is looking for in the exploitation of the human body, male or female. Unless his friends are psychotherapists and counselors, they are not qualified to answer these questions.
Questions like these are posed every day at a rehab center. Therapists have helped to answer similar queries frequently; so many times they often know the answer before much is said. A few comments are all they need to understand what is going on.
But the client needs to understand too, and his clinicians are guiding him to the answer. They cannot heal him. He is responsible for his recovery. They facilitate opportunities for learning and progress. Friends might unintentionally enable the addict.
One of a psychiatrist’s most useful functions is diagnosing mental diseases, some of which are chemical, others of which are experiential. In other words, a person with PTSD might not suffer from an imbalance. An individual with bipolar, however, cannot control her symptoms without medication.
Diagnosing is the first step to gaining control. Now you know your enemy and it comes from the inside. All the time you made excuses or placed fault where it did not belong, what you were really doing was overlooking the fact that recovery was in your own hands. Today you start treating bipolar with medication and therapies involving groups of other bipolar individuals and, later, with family.
Behind many disorders and addictions (some would argue almost all) there is an emotional problem.
Say you were caught in possession of marijuana and you did not want to pay the full legal penalty for this offense. Your lawyer might work out a bargain with the judge who, seeing that this is your first court appearance, decides rehab might be better than a suspended sentence. Together you decide to opt for rehab.
This is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. You have a job to do as the addict in question and you will be monitored for signs that you are following the program, not drifting back to substance abuse. Random drug tests will catch you out, but program administrators are not gleeful at the prospect. They want you to succeed for your good and the good of their community.
Who knows when the next impaired driver is going to hit a child outside of school? This kind of incident destroys many lives, including that of the guilty party. Sobriety is a much better direction to take.
Numerous drug rehab centers cater to DUI/DWI and criminal justice clients. Some of them are there solely for adolescent criminal offenders. Members of the legal justice system know this is the best chance of getting more drug offenders off of the streets, saving lives and money.
Getting Back to Family
Families form an important element in your recovery from any addiction. They are hurt by what you have been doing on some level. Many forms of addiction lead individuals to take money, behave unethically, to be irritated or disengaged from children, parents, spouses, and friends.
Family members carry around anger about the pain you have caused. They also wonder if they are to blame. Did they do something or fail to protect you when you were small? If they had said something differently or stopped you from hanging out with certain people, would you have been healthier?
And there is fear:
- What if my daughter keeps starving herself?
- How can I stop her from making herself vomit, and if I do not, will she die?
- Did a wife’s husband choose gambling or porn in preference to her because he does not love her?
- Is their relationship over?
It is hard to intervene lovingly in such instances. Counselors have seen many individuals lose their way because a parent or spouse first did. Co-dependents are facing stress and uncertainty which is causing their own disordered eating, drinking, drug using, or other behaviors. Therapists teach them to be resilient.