There are many ways to get clean, ranging from recovery meetings such as 12 step meetings or SMART recovery meetings, to counseling, getting help from your local church, going to rehab or a combination of some or all of these.
There are benefits to all of these ways to getting clean, however booking yourself into an inpatient drug treatment center will give you a huge advantage and will help to ensure your lasting recovery in a way that all the other options won’t quite measure up to.
While I have seen lots of people get clean and find recovery through recovery meetings I myself had to go to rehab before I could get clean. I believe that the benefits that an addiction treatment center offer are huge and should not be overlooked.
I know that booking yourself into a treatment center can be very scary, the feeling of loss of control and the shame can be overwhelming. The cost of addiction treatment can be massive and if you don’t have medical insurance it can be quite daunting. However when you look at the fact that you are literally looking at a life and death situation it puts it more into perspective doesn’t it?
Many people think that getting clean means simply coming off the drugs and staying off of them but it is not that simple. There are so many other things that need to be addressed.
You will be living and sleeping in a safe environment. There are no drug dealers or drugs available which makes it so much easier to stay clean. While you are free to book yourself out of an addiction treatment center you are not free to just walk out the door at any time. If you want to leave you will need to discuss it with a staff member before they will let you leave, this means that they have a chance of discouraging you from leaving and using.
You are physically safe, but you are also in a safe place to start to share your deepest and darkest secrets and shame. It is a safe place to get truly vulnerable and start your journey of healing and recovery.
Surrounded By Like Minded People
All the other patients in the rehab are also wanting the same thing, which means that you will be able to relate to others and get support. The shame is lessened by being around other people that have been through the same things that you have.
You will make friends that you can stay connected with when you leave rehab and this is vital – you need a new group of friends that are in recovery so that you can all support each other. You cannot go back to your old habits and using friends when you leave treatment, this will just land you back in the same place you were in.
In addition to making new friends very often the counselors and staff are also recovering addicts. When I was in treatment every single staff member except one were addicts that had chosen to go into the field of addiction to help others. This gives the people that are helping you great insight your problem and empathy for what you are going through.
There Are No Distractions
While you may be worried about going into rehab because you will have to take time off work, or perhaps you don’t want to be away from your family – being completely distraction free from the outside world so you can focus on your recovery will help you immensely.
It took a long time for you to get to the low point of your addiction and getting clean and getting your mental health back on track is essential to your long term recovery.
Being in a rehab means that all day every day you are focusing on your primary purpose of being clean and healing. Your mental, physical and spiritual health needs this.
Your Family And Relationships
You are well away from the unhealthy relationships in your life. The people that entice you to use with them won’t be present. If you are in a codependent or abusive relationship you will have some time to get clarity on how things really are and to make some changes from the safety of the rehab. Chances are that many of your relationships are toxic and are keeping you sick.
You need to learn how to have healthy relationships with the people in your life and you may need to end some relationships in order to stay safe.
Very often you will have joint counseling sessions with the important people in your life while you are in treatment and start to repair these relationships with the help of your counselor.
Most treatment centers also offer family programs for your family to learn more about addiction and how to better support you. Usually it is not just the addict that is sick, but the entire family that is stuck in bad patterns that keep the addict sick.
Detox In Safety
If you need to detox it may be a simple process of staying off the drugs for a period of time for the drugs to be clean from your system, however there are some cases where you may need medical assistance to detox. Being in a drug treatment center means that you are surrounded by professionals to help you through this process safely.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
If you have a dual diagnosis it means that you are an addict that also has a mental illness. Dual diagnosis is very common and it is important that you get treated for your mental illness at the same time as you are treated for your addiction. Your mental illness can affect your recovery from addiction and the other way around.
Being in a drug treatment center means that any mental health issues will be addressed at the same time as your addiction which is what you need.
While in an addiction treatment center all aspects of your health are looked at. While using you caused physical damage to your body, such as cocaine damage to your nose. You will be checked by a medical professional if it is needed to asses the damage to your body.
In addition to this chances are that you never looked after yourself properly. It is very common for addicts to not eat properly, not exercise and not to take care of their personal hygiene.
When you are in rehab you are required to make your personal hygiene a priority. Nutritious meals are prepared and given to you at the right times and you will be required to take part in regular exercise.
Being in an addiction treatment center, like the Canadian Health Recovery Centre, will help you to learn new and healthy habits that will aid your recovery.
I know from personal experience that going to an inpatient drug treatment center is a scary experience but once you overcome your fear it can become a life changing experience. I am now close on 9 years clean from drugs and alcohol and I strongly believe in these reasons to go to rehab.