There is a devastating amount of people in the United States with drug and alcohol addiction, roughly 23 million. Only an estimated 10% of those people actually seeking and receiving help. This means out of the 23 million individuals struggling with drugs and alcohol, only 2 million of them seek out and receive the help they need. To elaborate on the issue further, it is estimated that more than 100 people die from a drug overdose, each day. If you or a loved one is considering addiction treatment don’t let your worries halt you from getting the help that’s available.
“I don’t think it’s that bad….”
Drug and alcohol abuse comes in many forms and can be done in many settings. For instance, are you or a loved one taking prescription medications improperly? Are you only engaging in “heavy” drinking or recreational drug use occasionally? Regardless of the situation, substance abuse can alter your perception of the situation. While things may not be “that bad,” history tends to show us that with continued drug and alcohol abuse things tend to get worse before they get better. There’s also a tremendous amount of health risks associated with long term substance abuse. If you’re contemplating whether you need addiction treatment, the best thing you can do is get an assessment from a professional.
“Substance abuse treatment will put life on hold…”
It is commonly said that anything worth having requires a form of sacrifice. However, in this instance, sacrificing a short amount of time to get treatment can create monumental lasting positive change in your life. There’s also a variety of drug and alcohol treatment options available nowadays that can cater to individuals who are still working or concerned about child care. All in all, it’s a worthy debate that ultimately your life will ‘remain on hold’ if you’re not seeking positive change. Why worry about putting life on hold when your life will perpetually be on hold while battling substance abuse? Try and do some positive thinking, imagine what living life clearly without being in active addiction will do for your physical, mental, and overall health.
“Either way, it is too expensive….”
One of the most common worries when contemplating treatment is financials. Many people find themselves accepting that they struggle with drug and alcohol substance abuse, but have trouble contemplating the perceived hurdle of funding their treatment. Please know that you are not alone in this battle, and there are different resources available to you. Luckily, today most insurance plans cover substance abuse treatment. Additionally, most substance abuse treatment centers, such as Footprints to Recovery, provide a variety of payment plans, financing options and affordable pricing structures. All in all, don’t let your financial worries get in the way of you receiving the help you need. Explore your options!
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“It won’t work…”
But, what if it does?! Drug and alcohol addiction can take on many forms and there are a variety of different treatment approaches and options. If you’ve gone through treatment before and felt it didn’t suit your needs, perhaps try a different model or approach. It’s not uncommon for individuals to have multiple treatment episodes, as relapse is a part of the process of change. It is also possible that during your previous experiences you weren’t open to change. If you’re hesitant that it won’t work, commit to a few days or week at a time. Many treatment programs are voluntary; if you feel you’re not getting what you need at that time you can switch programs or receive a referral to another provider. Lastly, many who have gone through addiction treatment find themselves years later remembering things they learned, even if it didn’t stick right away, it’s possible that down the line the coping skills and lessons will serve helpful. Overall, it’s most important to not lose hope there are endless opportunities to get the help you need.
The above-mentioned worries are only a few that individuals face when contemplating seeking addiction treatment. Like many changes that we contemplate, it can be helpful to identify the pros and cons, as well as gather all of the information we can to inform our decision. There are a plethora of sources that can assist any individual willing to take that first step. Here at Footprints to Recovery, we pride ourselves on being able to address any and all concerns you may have pre-treatment and through the entirety of your journey to recovery. If you’d like to speak with someone to explore your options reaches out today.
Author: Samantha Golding – Footprints to Recovery – Admissions Coordinator