Why You Should Consider the Advice to Go to Rehab

Why You Should Consider the Advice to Go to Rehab

Nobody wants to have a friend or family member suggest rehab for addiction, but it might be a good option for many reasons

If you are like many people, you would feel embarrassed and perhaps insulted or even angry to have a friend or family member suggest that you enter drug rehab for a substance use disorder. But there are some very important reasons to push past the initial emotions and consider rehab as a legitimate option.

The Truth Is…Drug Addiction Is a Chronic Illness

More often than not, individuals tend to view an addiction as a personal problem – closer to a bad habit, like biting fingernails – rather than as a disease. This is not an accurate view. Studies have consistently shown that addiction is actually a chronic illness. Both biological and behavioral components require attention during treatment and recovery from drug addiction.

Once users come to grips with addiction as an illness, accepting the fact that they need helpis easier, less painful and more forgiving. This clearer perspective allows a person to see how drug addiction is similar to some commonly recognized conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes, and less like fingernail biting and other bad habits.1

With this understood, it is much more reasonable – even expected – that such individuals would seek professional assistance to treat their condition. For the diabetic to refuse insulin and eat a sugar-laden diet would be seen by most people as irresponsible. Likewise, if people with high blood pressure said they just wanted to live life their own way – eating a high-cholesterol diet every day – most would think they were recklessly throwing caution to the wind, perhaps costing them their lives.

Seriously considering drug rehab treatment does not mean that the individual is a failure. Rather, contemplating such action shows commendable prudence and responsibility. It takes a humble and courageous heart to take the sensible course of action. It means doing the right thing at the right time, which, in this case, involves finding quality support and learning how best to battle this chronic disease.2

Loved Ones Can See You Better than You Can

In pulling away from the emotions that arise when someone suggests entering drug rehab, one thing should become more apparent: the person who suggested rehab is likely not acting out of anger but, rather, out of love and concern.

Regardless of whether the advice comes from a coworker, a spouse, a college buddy or a boss, rehab was probably suggested because it is obvious that help is needed. Such comments are rarely spoken without considerable thought beforehand. It is uncomfortable to share things of such gravity, and it is understood that a negative reaction may result. There are often relational consequences to such gritty candidness, so that possible cost had to be weighed. Yet words were spoken, with the hope that healing will be the eventual outcome.

Coming to grips with one’s own addiction is a challenging prospect; people typically find it very difficult to see themselves as accurately as others do. Trust your friends; they know you well and care deeply.3

Combating Drug Addiction Isn’t for Lone Rangers

Human nature steers us to believe that it is possible to fight addictions on our own. In reality, this is rarely successful. Since drug use can alter the chemistry of the brain over time, substance abusers are fighting their own brain when they try to muster the strength and mental clarity to break their addiction.

LSD rehab programs have trained specialists who understand the chemistry and psychology involved in addiction at a much deeper level than most people do. As a result, these experts are able to provide the right combination of support and accountability to push their patients toward healthier, happier choices.

Addiction can steal so much from a person’s life – friends, family, employment and even self-worth. The cost an individual must pay for an addiction to drugs is too high to be worth any perceived benefit. If you are finding yourself paying a high price for LSD addiction right now, it’s important for you to know that you are not alone.4

Help is available. Countless success stories and more than ten independent studies commend our integrated, evidence-based approach to treating drug addictions and mental health disorders. When you call our 24/7 toll-free line, a caring member of our team will attentively listen to you share what you are dealing with. Your concerns and questions will be addressed. Positive options will be offered according to your specific needs. Then it’s up to you. We hope you will find the courage to make the right decision. This is a critical crossroads in your life. Lean on someone you can trust. We care…one person at a time.

1 “DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Use and Addiction”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-use-addiction, (August 2016).

2“Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide/introduction, (January 2014).

3 “What to Do if Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has a Problem with Drugs”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-your-adult-friend-or-loved-one-has-problem-drugs, (January 2016).

4 “What to Do if You Have a Problem with Drugs”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-you-have-problem-drugs-adults, (January 2016).