Going to a residential – or day – rehab center can be the best thing for someone suffering from any form of addiction. Trying to help themselves can be a hugely difficult thing to do, and friends and family, although they mean well, don’t have the experience and expertise to offer the best of care. There is no shame in checking into a rehab center; in fact, it is a brave and important step in getting your life back on track and becoming healthy once more. What can a rehab center help with?
Drug addiction is probably the first thing that you think of when you imagine what rehab can help with. Drug addiction, or substance abuse, isn’t just about illegal ‘street’ drugs; it can be about prescription drugs too. This is why the word ‘abuse’ is useful to remember. Anything that shouldn’t be in your body, anything that is doing more harm than good, is abuse on your body. The problem is, whereas at the beginning these drugs will have the effect of giving someone a high (making them feel great), over time their tolerance to those drugs will grow, so it will take more and more to make them feel good. In these circumstances, overdoses are a severe problem.
One of the major problems regarding drug addiction is that it is virtually impossible to simply stop through ‘cold turkey’. If the patient does that, they can suffer terribly with withdrawal symptoms including physical pain and mental health issues. This is why it is always best to attend JCAHO accredited rehab facilities for the very best help.
Alcohol addiction is a big problem in our society. Unlike with drugs, people see no problem with drinking alcohol – it is, in fact, lauded as a great way to have fun and enjoy yourself. The positive sides are always extolled, and the negative sides are brushed away. This leads to people having serious issues with alcohol addiction. Alcoholism can start as having a drink with friends, and end with needing to have a drink as soon as you wake up – and throughout the day. In fact, for those suffering from severe alcoholism, they are unable to make it through the day without constantly drinking alcohol. This has a hugely detrimental effect on the rest of their lives, and on their family and friends. A rehab center can help get that addiction under control and remove it entirely with the right care.
Behavioral addictions – also known as non-chemical addictions – can be anything from gambling to shopping, to sex and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. These are all addictions in some form, and they can all be addressed at a good rehab center. Although they may not all lead to direct physical problems, they can all have a severely negative effect on the mental health of a patient, and this can lead to problems such as self-harm, and even suicide. Therefore, it is important to control and prevent these addictions as early as possible.