If you are in the process of considering your options about addiction treatment, you may feel a bit confused by what is available. The fact that there are now so many alternatives available is a good thing because it means there is almost certainly going to be something to suit your requirements. Below are just five options you may want to consider.
Will You Have Enough Resources to make it Through Early Recovery?
The amount of resources you are going to need to make it through early recovery will depend on a number of factors. If you have only been addicted for a relatively short time, you may be able to manage your recovery with only a small amount of support. Those who have been addicted for a few years though, or who fell into addiction at a young age, will usually benefit from spending some time in rehab. By entering a residential programme, you will have access to all the resources you need and you will have the tools you need to build a strong recovery.
How Much Support Do You Need?
It is common for people who are trying to break away from addiction to underestimate the amount of support they are going to need. This could mean that they soon become overwhelmed and end up relapsing back to addiction. It is better to have too much support than to have too little. A good option for support in recovery is the fellowship groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous – there are also more secular approaches including SMART Recovery.
How Will You Detox Safely?
If you have been addicted to any substance, you are likely going to experience noticeable withdrawal symptoms when you stop. The seriousness of these symptoms will depend on a number of factors including the substance you are giving up, the duration of your addiction, and the heaviness of the substance abuse. If you have been abusing drugs heavily for a long time, there may be a risk of serious withdrawal symptoms. In this case, the best option will be to have some type of supervised detox.
How Will You Stay Motivated?
The usual reason why people relapse after a period of being sober is they run out of motivation. The person may have been highly motivated at the start of their quit but somewhere along the way they run out of steam. This happens because we need to keep doing things in order to stay motivated. Giving up alcohol or drugs is just the first step, and it is vital that people continue to take further action in order to remain motivated. Joining a fellowship is one option for remaining committed to sobriety. Taking part in a rehab aftercare programme is an option as is arranging to see a therapist on a regular basis.
How Will You Build a Good Foundation for Your Recovery?
The success of your attempt to end addiction forever is often determined within the first few weeks of recovery. This is when you lay down the foundation on which everything else is going to be built – if your foundation is a bit shaky, it can affect what is going to happen later on. One of the best ways of ensuring the best possible foundation for your recovery is to enter rehab. This will give you some breathing space and enable you to pick up some tools and put the things in place that will allow you to build a great life going forward.