The Best Things About Rehabilitation You May Not Know

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Reluctance to go to rehab is widespread. Even in circumstances where you have acknowledged your addiction and know you need to seek treatment to forge a healthy path free from drugs or alcohol, the idea of drug or alcohol rehab remains unpleasant.

Reluctance to go to rehab is widespread. Even in circumstances where you have acknowledged your addiction and know you need to seek treatment to forge a healthy path free from drugs or alcohol, the idea of drug or alcohol rehab remains unpleasant. No matter how detrimental the impacts of addiction are to one’s physical, emotional, and social health, rehab still remains a decision of last resort.  This is evidenced by addiction-related statistics and addiction treatment data. It is estimated that more than twenty-one million Americans over the age of twelve struggle with a substance use disorder; however, less than ten percent will ever seek or receive treatment. This means ninety percent of people continue to use and avoid treatment for various reasons, not all of which are directly related to personal choice. Stigma, cost, and fear all contribute to millions of Americans choosing to forgo addiction treatment in hopes of defeating addiction without treatment support. 

Why you Should Choose Rehab

If you (or a loved one) have acknowledged you need help and are ready to seek treatment, it is possible you may also have reached the conclusion that you cannot do it on your own. It is also important to consider circumstances in which you should not detox without support. Specific substances, including opioids and alcohol, sometimes produce dangerous withdrawal symptoms. In these cases, and many others, choosing to “cold turkey” or “self-detox” can lead to medical emergencies and frequently leads to relapse. Seeking addiction treatment at a luxury addiction rehab like The Hills in Los Angeles is your best choice to begin your sobriety journey. While some concerns and fears often surround the decision to seek treatment, there are many benefits to rehab many do not consider. 

It is Likely Paid For

In 2008, the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) changed how people accessed addiction treatment. Today insurance coverage for addiction and mental health conditions is a required part of most insurance policies. So, whether you have private insurance, managed care, or even Medicare/Medicaid, you have essential benefits available to you to cover the costs of addiction treatment. Physical injuries or medical emergencies bring people to emergency rooms and doctors’ offices across the nation every minute. More often than not, these injuries are visible and obvious. The attention they require is without question, and therefore, people do not hesitate to seek medical help. Addiction is different. The impacts of long-term substance use on the body and mind are not (always) immediately obvious so, people do not view treatment as an urgent issue-but it is. 

Rehab Can Save Your Life

In 2019 nearly 71,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. An additional 95,000 people lost their lives to alcohol-related deaths. Death from drug or alcohol use does not necessarily require one to use for a long time. It is not uncommon for severe, life-threatening side-effects from drug use to occur with one dose. Also, detox and withdrawal from certain substances are not without risk. In these cases, severe withdrawal symptoms can occur that require immediate medical intervention to ensure your health and safety. At rehab, medical providers trained in medically assisted detox provide support and monitoring during the detox process, helping ensure your safety. 

Rehab Helps Your Finances

Yes, rehab can be costly, but ongoing drug use costs far more in dollars and lives lost. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug abuse in the United States (including illegal drugs, opioids, and tobacco) costs more than $740 billion annually. The 2020 census put the average population of the United States at just under 332 million people, with approximately 253  million people over the age of eighteen. This means each American adult is paying (in one form or another) just under $3,000 annually in social, medical, or legal costs related to drug use even if they have never touched a drop of alcohol, smoked a cigarette, or experimented with drugs. These numbers do not include the personal costs someone struggling with addiction pays to fund a drug or alcohol habit. Considering the above, yes, rehab can be costly. However, in the long-term, the out-of-pocket cost associated with drug and alcohol use outpaces the cost of rehab. 

Rehab Can and Does Save Relationships

Long-term addiction and the behaviors that often accompany struggles with alcohol or drug use tend to put a significant strain on personal and professional relationships. Substance use disorders are frequently responsible for lost marriages, employment, and a host of other personal and social relationship failures. Seeking rehab can help reverse these challenges. Addiction treatment programs like The Hills provide not only necessary addiction treatment for addicts but for their families and loved ones affected by addiction. Addiction is referred to as a family disease because it impacts not only the user but also their loved ones. Addiction often leads to distrust, dishonestly, and other behaviors detrimental to the family unit. Seeking treatment can help you understand how addictive behaviors and struggles with drugs or alcohol negatively and painfully touch the lives of those around you.

Rehab Provides New Social Outlets

A primary struggle many addicts face as they return home from treatment is isolation. Upon returning from treatment, the newly sober will often withdrawal from their former friends and social circles. Old friends and comrades tend to serve as reminders or triggers for a lifestyle they seek to leave behind. Unfortunately, the only way they feel they can avoid triggering events, locations, or people is to avoid socializing entirely.  Self-imposed isolation is not a healthy solution to relapse prevention; however, the community is. Rehab provides a sense of community and a solid peer support structure addicts in recovery can turn to when the going gets rough. During treatment and as part of aftercare programs, attending 12-step meetings and other community support groups promotes peer relationship development and introduces you to many “sober communities” events you can partake in.

Rehab Offers Safe, Supported Detox Services

Detoxing from drugs or alcohol can be scary, painful, and sometimes dangerous. Unfortunately, withdrawal symptoms are part of the detox process for everyone. Because of how drugs and alcohol change the structure and function of the brain, it will eventually crave substances to carry out essential functions like dopamine release. The release of dopamine, responsible for emotions such as happiness, joy, and natural pain management, is influenced by how drugs and alcohol attach to dopamine receptors in the brain. Over time, the effects of just one drink or just one dose of a particular drug are not sufficient to achieve desired results. If you are struggling with addiction, it is common to use more and drink more to achieve the same high you remember from the first time you tried drugs or alcohol. When you try to reduce or stop using, cravings and withdrawal symptoms occur as the brain demands your substance of choice. 

These cravings can be painful, overwhelming, and challenging to manage without medical supervision and assistance. When detox symptoms become overwhelming, it is not uncommon for someone trying detox on their own to turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate and seek relief from withdrawal symptoms. In the most severe withdrawal circumstances, symptoms include heart palpitations, seizures, and other life-threatening situations can occur. This is even more common when detoxing from substances such as alcohol and opioids. 

For these reasons, it is essential to seek detox in a location where medical supervision is available. The intensity and severity of the detox and withdrawal process vary significantly from person to person. You can expect to receive full medical and emotional support throughout the detox process at a supported detox program. Depending on your needs, you may receive medications to help reduce the intensity and severity of withdrawal symptoms. During a medically supervised detox program, you can expect to have your vitals (including heart rate, temperature, breathing, and blood pressure) monitored regularly. The goal of detox is to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual guidance throughout the earliest and most challenging stage of your sobriety journey. 

Rehab Addresses the Roots of Your Addiction

If you struggle with a substance use disorder, there is likely a physical or psychological cause that led you to turn to substances. Addiction is a disease characterized by instances of relapse and recovery. There is often an underlying reason why one continues to return to substances despite awareness of the negative consequences of use. Addiction rehab is not necessarily about the specific substance but about understanding and addressing the reasons why you turn to substances to cope. Potential underlying mental health issues that lead to chronic substance use and co-occurring physical conditions that may have initiated the use of prescription drugs all contribute to ongoing substance use disorders and addiction. Rehab at The Hills in Los Angeles provides a safe space to explore the roots of your addiction while learning new, healthy ways to cope with triggers. Through comprehensive therapy,  medical, and nutritional supports, your treatment team at The Hills can help you achieve sobriety and learn how to maintain long-term sobriety after your treatment program ends. 

Aside from the obvious benefit of attaining and learning how to maintain sobriety, there are many things about rehab that many people do not know. Repairing relationships, improving your mental and physical health, learning about addiction, and finding financial freedom from the cost of addiction is only a few of those positive reasons to go to rehab. Rehab is the beginning of a journey to freedom from addiction and the challenges and life-altering difficulties that arise from substance use. If you are ready to begin your sobriety journey, reach out to the admissions team at The Hills today to learn more about our luxury addiction treatment facility in Los Angeles. 

Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths.html 

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

https://archives.drugabuse.gov/trends-statistics/costs-substance-abuse#supplemental-references-for-economic-costs 

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