It would be a wonderful thing if everyone who needed drug treatment sought it out as soon as they realized they had a problem. If this was the case, many people would avoid years of pain and many lives would be saved that have been needlessly lost, but unfortunately, countless people every year do not seek treatment for their drug or alcohol problem and their addictions continue to grow unimpeded.
The reasons for this are as numerous and varied as addicts themselves: from fear of ridicule, financial concerns, anxiety centered around giving up substance use, fear of losing friends, and the list goes on. All of these concerns are very real to the person seeking treatment and because of this, choosing to seek help for a drug or alcohol problem can be one of the most difficult decisions of a person’s life. It sometimes involves leaving their home state for an extended period of time, leaving their job or even ending a relationship and at a time when a person’s life is spiraling out of control, the thought of losing these measures of stability can be too much to handle.
Yet, making the choice to go to drug treatment can also be the most important decision that a person makes and while stepping out into the unknown is often times anxiety provoking in terms of getting sober, it is the best choice that a person can make. I don’t think there has ever been a single person who stopped abusing heroin, worked the Steps, saw a dramatic change in their life, and said, ‘you know I really wish I wouldn’t have done this.’ The reason is because the choice to go to drug treatment and live a sober life is infinitely better than living a life of bondage in the throes of addiction.
But the challenges facing an addict, and the anxiety produced by the process of recovery do not end with the decision to go to treatment and a recent study this month in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment looked at barriers for transition from drug treatment, back into the community. This is an important aspect in terms of addict’s trepidation with going to treatment, because as much as we tell those newly sober to stay in the moment, they are aware that they will have to eventually return back to the real world and they are aware that leaving treatment means a new set of challenges for them.
Since at Evolutions Treatment Center we are concerned with educating people in a manner that gives them all of the information and tools they need in order to have a successful recovery, let’s take a look at 5 common reasons that addicts are reluctant to go to treatment and some of the barriers standing in their way of a successful transition back into everyday life.
5 Reasons Why Addicts Are Reluctant to go to Drug Treatment
This is a very real reason that many people do not attend treatment. Even if they do have insurance, insurers will sometimes not cover all of the stay or not cover the correct level of care. So if you are reluctant to attend treatment because of financial concerns, don’t write the possibility off just yet and reach out to a treatment center or your insurance company and see what options you have. There are also many publicly funded programs throughout the country that can help you with your addiction at no cost to you if you qualify.
Fear of Losing Friends
The most important thing to remember here is that many of the people you used with will not be in your life after you get sober. This might sound harsh but it is the truth, because after getting sober, you and the people you got high with will not have much in common anymore. The process of letting go of old friends will not be as difficult as you think because you will meet many new friends once you get sober.
Fear Of Withdrawals
Many people continue to use simply so they do not have to experience the terror that is withdrawal symptoms. Going through a detox process can help with this and many detoxes have the staff and facility necessary to make this process as comfortable as it possibly can be.
They Do Not Know What To Expect
Fear of the unknown is probably the biggest reason that people do not go to treatment and like the saying goes, better the devil you know than the one you don’t know. If given the choice between the known pain of addiction and the unknown feelings of sobriety, many people will choose the former, but once you overcome this fear and take a step out into the unknown, you will find it is nowhere near as bad as you once thought.
They Can’t Imagine Their Life Without Drugs Or Alcohol
This is a difficult one for most people and the only thing I can really say is give it a try. When using, you were surrounded by people who used, so it appeared that everyone in the world did the same thing. This, however, is not the case and there are millions, maybe even billions of people who do not drink or use drugs at all. A life of sobriety is not boring or lacking fun either, so if that is your concern, don’t worry.
Once a person makes the decision to go to treatment, they often times find that what they feared was not real and that their life is beginning to change for the better, but in order to round out the treatment process, they must then successfully integrate back into the community and be able to sustain their recovery.
The study mentioned above found that some of the largest hurdles that people face when going back into the community after treatment is finding stability, in terms of a job, housing, or other financially related things. This is often times in relation to people who move to a new city for treatment and so many treatment centers work with people, by creating a discharge plan that includes having housing lined up beforehand and even allowing them to go on job search while they are still in treatment.
Another hurdle that people face with getting out of treatment is creating a sober network for themselves. If they are staying in their hometown they may feel a draw back to their old friends and without the introduction of a new and sober support group, they could fall back into old habits rather easily. Many times, treatment centers have small communities surrounding them with sober individuals who attended there and so this hurdle is easily overcome if the treatment center you attend has a good alumni network.
The important thing in all of this is that you seek help for your drug addiction. Do not let fear keep you from the life you have always wanted. You do not need to fight this disease alone and any and all concerns that you have can be addressed as you move through the process of recovery. So call the professionals at Evolutions Treatment Center today, at 1-866-771-7091. We are standing by to help you finally overcome your addiction.