The Truth About Substance Abuse Programs: You Don’t Have to be Afraid

theridgebednotafraidIt’s doubtful that participating in a substance abuse program is high on anyone’s bucket list. Rehab’s not popularly known as an especially pleasant experience, and because of that, many addicts are wary of getting treatment there. They think rehab will be scary, unpleasant, or confining—however, nothing could be further from the truth. Rehab is full of people committed to helping addicts get healthy and regain control of their lives.


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    An addict might be suspicious of rehab for a number of reasons. Going to rehab means they have to own their addiction and admit that they have a problem. Some addicts don’t want to feel the stigma of addiction and would rather keep their disease a secret. Others think treatment providers will judge, shame, and berate them for developing a harmful addiction and force them to live in barren, hospital-like rooms. Of course, these fears are all based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of rehab and its employees.

    A treatment provider during a substance abuse program  has years of experience with addicts, and so they understand what a patient is going through, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Sometimes they are in recovery themselves so they can especially relate. They can understand an addict’s worries and fears, and offer support and genuine care. Since treatment providers’ top priority is the health and happiness of their patients, they will do everything they can to make rehab have an environment of empathy, compassion, and caring.

And because a patient’s cooperation is key to treatment’s success, some rehab centers, like The Ridge, have been designed to be as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

    Rehab is also emotionally freeing for a patient. Someone struggling with addiction feels powerless and not in control of their own life. Rehab reintroduces sobriety to the patients, handing them control of their lives for the first time in months or years. Patients are given the gift of freedom. They’re no longer compelled to spend their time and thought on acquiring more substance. This freedom brings new chances at happiness and health, and gives the patient hope for recovery and a better life.

Most importantly, rehab is a healing process. Being educated about addiction gives the patient perspective on their experiences. They learn it’s not entirely their fault, and that their self-pity is undeserved and unfair to themselves. The reintroduction of order, structure, and responsibility lets the patients feel they are rebuilding their lives into something respectable, legitimate, and healthy. The freedom of sobriety lets a patient discover who they really are, and behave according to their own wishes, free from the destructive compulsions of addiction. With all of these benefits, it’s no surprise that many people report coming out of substance abuse programs much more confident with themselves and feeling like overall better people.


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