Taking the first step to getting help for an addiction can be scary. However, if you do some research, and talk to the facility, it can help lessen those fears.
Why am I Scared to Go to Rehab?
Being scared to go to rehab is a normal occurrence in those who have recently decided to get help for their addiction. There are a few common fears we can discuss.
I Don’t Want to Go Through Withdrawal
Going through withdrawal will happen regardless of what substance has been used. The length, and severity of withdrawal and detox will vary depending on many factors.
- Length of use
- Type of substance(s) used
- Overall physical health
- Mental health
Detoxing in a medical facility can also lessen the uncomfortable feelings and physical symptoms of withdrawal. Being monitored 24/7 by medical professionals, who can assist with medication if needed, and intervene if there are any emergency situations is a safety net that can help to calm fears of withdrawal symptoms.
I Will Fail, or I Will Succeed
Fear of failure is probably the most common of them all when it comes to addiction recovery. What if you fail? After going through a treatment program, you will be able to create an aftercare plan. In this plan, you will have ways to get back on the path of recovery if you find you have stepped off.
Successful sobriety looks different for everyone, but the prospect of being sober for the rest of your life can be terrifying. Having an aftercare plan to walk through the “what ifs” can help ensure you have ways of enjoying life just as much, or more, than when you were using.
I’ll Never Be Happy Sober
Happiness is the key to life, right? Finding happiness in sober activities isn’t as hard as it sounds. Finding new hobbies that bring joy to your life is the real key. Learning what makes you tick is so important. Maybe try different types of art, or mindfulness activities like yoga to start your journey into “happy” sobriety. This can also help your recovery process.
I Will Look Bad
Worrying about what other people think of us is part of the human condition. But knowing that we are doing what is best for ourselves is even more important. If someone thinks you look bad for taking control of your life and health, then their opinion isn’t worth worrying about. Taking the road to recovery is a very personal choice. The only opinions that matter should be yours and your loved ones.
I Don’t Have the Time
Thinking about finding the time for getting help can be scary, also. Having to take a medical leave from work, or having to find someone to help with your children can be daunting. The good news is, there are laws protecting you from having to disclose the reason you need medical leave from your job.
There are also many treatment options to help with this intense fear. Between inpatient, intensive outpatient, and day programs, there are so many to choose from that can fit your schedule and needs.
I Don’t Have the Money
Addiction treatment can be very expensive. Most of the time, insurance covers parts or all of a treatment program. But if you don’t have insurance, many facilities like Agape Treatment Center, have payment options to help you afford treatment.
I’m Different Than Other Addicts
Everyone is different from each other. All addicts do have one thing in common, though. They are addicted to a substance and their life has gotten out of control. All addicts in treatment have another thing in common. They have chosen to get help. So, while you may be different in all the other ways, you have at least two things in common with the people you would be around in treatment.
How to Overcome the Fear of Going to Rehab
Overcoming fear is difficult. First, you have to find the root of the fear. To do that you need to dig deep. Try meditating on the question “what am I afraid of exactly”. From there you can journal any and all thoughts that pop into your head. With those words written down, you can then study them and pick apart each fear one by one.
If you are afraid of any of the above-mentioned things, just know you are not alone. Overcoming the fear of going to rehab is the very first step in making yourself go. It may even take you a few days after you check in for treatment to overcome your fears, and that’s okay, too!
There is No Cure for Addiction, But Recovery is Possible
Addiction is a chronic disease because there is no real cure. It is life-long but it can be managed to a point where someone is in recovery long-term. Recovery from addiction means you have gone through detox, and addiction treatment, and have been sober for an extended period of time.
Using many different modalities, many people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction have achieved long-term recovery. Even people who may have a dual diagnosis can be successful in recovery. Using an aftercare plan that includes a 12 step program, therapies, support groups, and “what if, then” models can help ensure long-term recovery.
Knowing Where to Start
Calling Agape Treatment Center is a great place to start if you are ready for or thinking about getting help for an addiction. We have admissions coordinators who are trained to answer any questions you may have. They can also help you to formulate a plan that can work for your time, and financial restrictions.
Agape Treatment Center isn’t like all the other facilities. We have a resort-like atmosphere, which makes treatment feel less clinical, and more like home.