In recent years the media has followed celebrities checking in and out of rehabilitation centres as if they were the new ‘it’ holiday destination. Bad press has led to increased fears and misconceptions around rehab centres. Many families would not consider them an option for their loved ones when, in reality, they can offer the treatment they need. Hopefully the information below will clarify what rehabs do and how valuable their support can be towards a successful recovery from addiction.
Rehab is not a prison
Unless under a court order, no one is forced to stay within the walls of the rehabilitation centre once they are there. You are not sentencing your loved one under lockdown as punishment; there are no high security gates and bars on windows. Many facilities have a community-based environment, focusing on supporting the sufferer to overcome their addiction rather than pressuring them to. Neither are they a holiday resort, there is a lot of responsibility for the sufferer to challenge themselves and overcome their addiction while they are there. The patient must truly want to improve to be able to change but they are not alone in recovery.
Rehab is not the end of the road
Rehabilitation can be intimidating. It often involves leaving home, work and family to live at the centre and commit a lot of time and effort. For some it is an extreme last resort and only required when the sufferer is no longer able to function. It may seem excessive for those who think they may be able to recover on their own. It is not emphasized enough how difficult and futile managing an addiction can seem for an individual. If left unaided, an addiction can deteriorate and further consume someone’s life. The statistics cannot be ignored. The recovery rate in rehab is much higher and quicker than people tend to assume. Victims of addiction often cannot afford to delay rehab; it is a rational investment in the long run.
Rehab is not expensive
Addicts often suffer from deep-rooted psychological, emotional and physical effects in everyday life. Many addicts’ lives, relationships and careers have been shattered under the pressure of an addiction. In this light, what price can be put on the best treatment? After recovery, a higher self esteem and potential for ambition usually balance the financial effects of taking time away from work. The cost of being entered into a rehabilitation programme will be reimbursed as money is no longer wasted on alcohol, drugs or other substances.
Rehab does not brainwash
There are religion-specific rehabilitation centres but many are non-denominational. And, no, your loved one will not be encouraged to join a cult whilst in their vulnerable state. Sufferers have an unhealthy mental dependency on their addiction, have low self esteem and health issues. Recovery often involves the need to perceive their life in different ways and imagine a life without their addiction. This is not psychic-style “brainwashing” but a re-education, allowing a sufferer to effectively rebuild their lives.
Rehab is not a ‘one-stop’ cure
Rehabilitation centres do not perform a type of addiction exorcism. Addiction is a lifelong affliction that the sufferer will have to continually battle with. Aftercare provides support but the sufferer will have to fully rebuild and support their lives once they have left the centre. Rehab is merely the preparation for a very difficult process of recovery. Relapses are expected, this does not mean rehab or the sufferer has failed. Again, it is a gruelling process and the success of rehab is dependent on the member and the effort they are willing to make towards recuperation.
This is a guest contribution by Nick L. Nick has a wide range of interests, but is currently focused on heal based issues. More specifically, Nick is fascinated by addictions and the rehabilitation that combats them. For more information on rehab, click here.