10 reasons rehab is so beneficial for fighting addiction.

Rehab isn’t usually depicted accurately in the media. Many myths surround what addiction centers are really like, in part, thanks to sensationalized news about celebrities and myopic films like 28 Days. Contrary to what pop culture would have you think, rehab is not just for the rich and famous, nor is it an expensive vacation resort where people serve their time idly fighting withdrawal. On the other hand it’s not a terrifying jail full of criminals, either. Rehab is exactly what its name implies: a place where regular people receive rehabilitative treatment for substance abuse and other types of addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, there are a few reasons you might want to consider rehab.

  1. Your recovery is on your terms. No one will make you do anything you don’t willingly agree to in rehab. You also won’t be expected to follow a cookie-cutter treatment plan. Together with the rehabilitation staff you will set up a personalized regimen that will address your individual needs.
  2. You get round-the-clock professional support. Once you’ve set up your plan, your support team will be available 24/7 to make sure you stay on track. They are equipped with medical and psychological expertise and are happy to help you anytime, so don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you need.
  3. You don’t have to go cold-turkey. Many people worry they will have to swear off drugs or alcohol the second they check into rehab. This isn’t always the case. You’ll likely be gradually weaned off your addiction so as not to cause any shock to your system or trigger intense withdrawal.
  4. You can receive outpatient treatment if you prefer. If checking into a physical facility isn’t possible, you can usually opt to have treatment done at home instead. It might be more difficult and take longer for you to get well again, but you’ll still receive a high level of care.
  5. You’re encouraged to develop a healthy routine. Your treatment plan is designed to help you get better, and part of that includes developing healthy habits for your overall well-being. Adding structure to your life, such as set times for eating, sleeping, and recreation, will help you leave the habits of your addiction in the past.
  6. Your support team can help during your weak moments. You’ll be in the good hands of doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, and other experts throughout your stay. Your friends and family may be supportive, but these professionals have an obligation to ensure your health and safety at all times and will do everything in their training to help you beat your addiction.
  7. You get guilt-free self care. Sometimes people feel guilty for putting themselves first, thinking it’s selfish to indulge in self care. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s important to nurture your body, mind, and soul, and rehab gives you the opportunity to regenerate and restore yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be there for others.
  8. You improve more than just your mental health. Recovery goes beyond breaking free of addiction. Your treatment plan will likely include proper nutrition and exercise, both of which will help you recover and stay well even after treatment has ended.
  9. You won’t have to feel alone. Rehab is a collaborative effort between not just you and your care team, but also you and your fellow patients. There will probably be many chances to meet other people who are working through similar challenges, whether it’s in group therapy, on organized day trips, or during yoga classes. These social connections can be a great source of encouragement and support both during and after rehab.
  10. You’re much more likely to recover. Rehab is a safe, stable, and supportive environment with the sole purpose of helping people get better. If you’re very disciplined and can eliminate all triggers and distractions you may find success on your own, but nothing can compare to the level of professional attention and care you’ll receive at a facility that specializes in addiction.

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Originally published at LifeSpeak.