Addiction is a terrifying experience. Once you’re able to pull yourself through the denial stages and realize you have a problem and need to make a change, it is imperative that you find a rehab detox center and enter yourself in a recovery program. While you may feel that performing a home detox and managing your addiction yourself is the best option, you’re going to need the support: the greatest risk of detox (besides death or medical problems caused by severe withdrawal symptoms) is a relapse. Here are three reasons you should trust the professionals — and accept their help — when it comes to ending your addiction to alcohol or drugs.
- Safety: There are two stages of withdrawal, acute and post-acute. The first stage is short but can be extremely uncomfortable, and the second stage can last a year or more. Rather than trusting in your own will and intelligence to get you through a home detox, detox doctors will be able to
- Assess the severity of your addiction
- Potentially provide medication to wean you off your habit so your body doesn’t go into shock
- Monitor your health during and after treatment
- Support: Rehab programs do more than just get you to stop using drugs or alcohol — they equip you with the tools to continue the fight for the rest of your life. Never underestimate the value of an open ear and a shoulder to cry on as both can be instrumental in preventing a relapse when it’s all you want to do. Tackling a home detox and thinking your addiction is over just like that can make the subsequent thoughts (about giving up, just taking one pill/hit/drink, and bargaining) impossible to deal with. You don’t have to go it alone, and you shouldn’t have to.
Severing an addiction is hard enough even when you have all the support and money in the world; don’t add to the challenge by thinking you can master it alone. If you know you need to make a change in your life, contact a professional rehab detox center today.