Going to Rehab can be Scary

Making the decision to enter rehab for a drug or alcohol addiction can feel overwhelming, especially for a person who has no prior experience with residential drug and alcohol treatment. Keep in mind that although entering treatment may be scary, it can be the doorway to a healthier life free of substance abuse and addiction.

Excuses, Excuses

It’s normal to feel nervous and uncertain about entering treatment, and it may be tempting to change your mind at the last minute. However, it’s important to admit that your current path isn’t working. All those excuses can keep you trapped in denial.

Be Honest with Yourself

You may decide you can manage the problem on your own, and that you really don’t need treatment at all. If you’re honest with yourself, you probably know that if you could stop (and stay stopped), you would have done so by now.

Afraid to Stop

Even though you know your life isn’t working the way you want, the thought of giving up drugs and alcohol can be intimidating -- like saying goodbye to an old friend. It’s true that stopping is frightening, but this fear can keep you stuck in your addiction. Stopping gets easier as the substance leaves your system and you regain clarity and focus. Counselors will help you through the process.

The Environment

You may be concerned that rehab is like a prison with a rigid atmosphere and a set of hard and fast rules. Every rehab is different. Most have certain guidelines that clients are expected to follow, and there are some that may take a somewhat rigid, confrontative approach. However, most rehabs are warm, welcoming places that work hard to create a comfortable, home-like atmosphere.

Missing Friends and Family

It’s true that you’ll be gone awhile and you’ll miss your family and friends, and they will miss you. Keep in mind that time usually passes quickly and a little homesickness is a small price to pay for healthier, renewed relationships. Most rehabs allow you to remain in contact with your loved ones, and many include family visits. Often, family therapy is an important part of treatment, although it isn’t necessarily a requirement.

Gathering Information

Knowing what to expect will ease your concerns about rehab. It’s important to realize that all people are different and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Talk to staff and alumni and ask as many questions as you want. Discuss your worries about detox, treatment, accommodations, schedules, meals, family visits or anything that concerns you. However, don’t turn your queries into a fault-finding mission in an attempt to convince yourself treatment won’t work, or to talk yourself out of treatment. Stay honest.

When Rehab isn’t Working

It’s okay to say, “This isn’t working for me,” but it isn’t okay to simply give up on treatment or drop out of rehab. You may think you can manage the problem now that you’re sober, but this is not a solution. If you’ve given treatment provider a fair try and it’s not a good fit, don’t give up. Rather, find other ways of treatment or support. A good rehab will facilitate the process and support you in your search for alternative solutions.

Highly Individualized Treatment

Most treatment approaches, including rehabs that rely on 12-Step Institutional treatment or self-help groups have success rates in the single digits. This low success rate isn’t because the treatment approaches are inherently bad, but because it’s difficult for an addicted individual to predict what will work best.

At Paracelsus, we rely on an undogmatic approach, creating a highly individualized treatment using a vast toolbox of therapeutic approaches, including medical and complementary treatment. Treatment is specifically tailored for each individual. Our goal is that nobody needs to suffer during withdrawal, we attend to body, mind, spirit and soul as well the family, the social environment and any other area of life which has been compromised by the addiction.

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