If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, then you should strongly consider the option of going to residential drug rehab. There are a number of reasons why this is usually the best option for most people. Let’s take a look.
First of all, going to an inpatient treatment center is normally the safest route when it comes to detox. Depending on what drugs you are coming off of (and yes, alcohol is a drug), you might need a medically supervised detox just to be safe. Residential treatment will provide this for you.
Second of all, you are looking at checking into a facility for a couple of weeks when you go to rehab, so this does a couple of key things for you in terms of overcoming addiction. One thing it does is to simply isolate you away from the temptation of using the drugs or the alcohol. But another thing that it does is that it isolates you away from the environment in which you always used drugs. This is just as important and might be one of the strongest arguments for treatment of this type. Staying in rehab gives you the opportunity to avoid all of the things that normally trigger you to use drugs on a regular basis. So it is not just about getting away from the drugs for a moment. It is about getting away from the lifestyle too.
Now going to drug rehab is not much good if you just end up using drugs again when you leave. As such, the idea behind rehab is to teach you something. You have to learn something new about how to live your life without resorting to drug use as a coping mechanism. This requires therapy and obviously you will get some of that at a residential drug center. Normally you will get at least 2 kinds of therapy along with informative lectures, including both group therapy and some individual counseling with a therapist. Most residential drug rehabs use a 12 step based program as their foundation for recovery, and this is probably the best structure to go with because that is where the support is at after you leave treatment.
In other words, AA meetings are available everywhere in the world practically, so why not use them as a basis for ongoing support for addicts who leave rehab? It is a solid support structure that is already in place and really if you want to stay clean and sober then you should take advantage of it. In other words, go to meetings when you leave rehab and network with other recovering addicts. The strength and experience that you draw from doing so can help you make it through early recovery without relapsing.
If you are considering rehab then my best advice to you is to take the plunge and go in with the attitude that you are going to change your entire life. Nothing less than this will work anyway.