Debunking The Most Popular Rehab Myths
Substance abuse of any type is an extremely common, yet deadly issue in America. In fact, more than 20 million Americans are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. However, it’s estimated that only 11 percent of those individuals receive substance abuse treatment. While addiction and alcoholism are both serious diseases that require medical treatment, it is plain to see that many individuals do not seek help. Unfortunately, many of these individuals continue using until their substance abuse takes a grave toll.
There are many variables that contribute to an individual’s unwillingness to attend alcohol or drug addiction treatment. Oftentimes, individuals hear biased opinions on addiction or alcoholism rehab, making them avoid treatment at all costs. Additionally, many people are turned off by the idea of inpatient programs, where patients reside on-campus. Whatever the case may be, avoiding attending an addiction rehab can produce life-threatening effects. As a result, our team at CWC Recovery has dedicated our efforts to debunk the most popular rehab myths in hopes that more addicts and alcoholics will ask for the help that they desperately need.
Myth #1: You Must Hit “Rock Bottom”
If you are a recovering addict or alcoholic, it is likely that you have heard the term “rock bottom” many times before. Hitting rock bottom is a term used in reference to an addict or alcoholic coming to their wits end emotionally or physically, in regards to their substance abuse. Oftentimes, rock bottom is described as experiencing a severe consequence such as getting arrested, overdosing on a substance, or getting divorced due to one’s addiction.
Many individuals have perpetuated the misconception that an addict or alcoholic must hit rock bottom before treatment or recovery will be possible. However, this is simply false. There are no requirements or prerequisites in regards to getting sober other than desiring a new and better way of life. That being said, an individual can get sober during any stage of their addiction. Additionally, addiction is a progressive disease. Therefore, waiting to get sober will only guarantee a more difficult road to sobriety. Early intervention is a surefire way to have a smooth-sailing journey in recovery.
Myth #2: Rehab is Unaffordable
One of the most popular myths about rehab involves the cost of treatment. While rehab is known to be expensive, there are options that make attending treatment affordable or even free! In fact, most rehab programs accept health insurance that will typically cover a large portion of all treatment costs. To explain further, The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover mental health and substance abuse services as “essential health benefits”.
For those without health insurance, some treatment centers offer additional payment options that are worth looking into. Additionally, if you are worried about the cost of rehab there are a few ways to avoid the more expensive facilities. For example, if finances are an issue you should always avoid treatment centers that claim to be “luxury”. These rehab programs primarily serve wealthy patients, including celebrities and large business figures. In addition, outpatient treatment programs are typically more affordable than inpatient rehab programs. This is because inpatient centers offer their patients a place to stay throughout their treatment journey. On the other hand, outpatient programs tend to be cheaper because the patients can live at home while commuting to therapy and treatment activities.
Myth #3: Rehab is Miserable and Painful
Oftentimes, individuals avoid rehab because they are worried about the withdrawal symptoms they could experience during the detoxification process. Withdrawal symptoms from any substance are painful and, in some cases, life-threatening. However, individuals who attend detox programs at a rehab center will be carefully monitored and treated for their withdrawal symptoms. Since doctors and nurses understand how difficult detox is, they focus their efforts on making the detoxification process as painless as possible.
In other words, attending a detox center would ensure that your withdrawal symptoms would be managed in a controlled and safe environment. Therefore, rehab is less miserable and painful than attempting to fight addiction on your own. To explain further, individuals detoxing off of opioids or alcohol are typically provided tapering medication. These medications work to lessen withdrawal symptoms and control drug or alcohol cravings. As a result, patients are able to focus on their recovery rather than uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal.
Myth #4: Rehab Will Cure Me Forever
While rehab is the best option for addicts and alcohols, it is not a cure. Addiction and alcoholism are both diseases that are not curable, however, they can be managed. Attending rehab allows individuals to safely recover under medical supervision while simultaneously learning vital coping mechanisms and relapse prevention tools. While learning these skills in rehab can allow for a better outcome, individuals must be vigilant in maintaining their recovery on a daily basis.
For example, it is recommended for recovering addicts and alcoholics to create a support network to hold them accountable. Additionally, they must continually develop their coping mechanisms in order to prevent themselves from returning to unhealthy mechanisms of coping such as using substances.
While recovery from substance abuse can be a long and difficult road, attending rehab makes it easier. If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, give us a call. At CWC Recovery, we prioritize our patients’ wants, needs, and safety. Recovery is possible for anyone through the utilization of proper tools, support, and dedication. Allow a rehab center near you to provide you with the support and help you need.
Medically Reviewed: May 14, 2020
Medical Reviewer | CWC Recovery Staff
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