When to Consider Rehab for Addiction

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When to Consider Rehab for Addiction

"And I just can't keep living this way
So Starting today
I'm breaking out of this cage
I'm standing up, I'ma face my demons
I'm manning up, I'ma hold my ground
I've has enough, now I'm so fed up
time to put my life back together right now (now)
It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me
Admittedly, I probably did it subliminally
For you, so I could come back a brand new me..."

-Not Afraid, Lyrics - Eminem

Introduction

The moment of truth and reckoning and reckoning about an individual’s addiction to alcohol or substances can take many months or years after the person’s first encounter with their drug of choice. The moment is writ large with clarity, shock, and new awareness, most typically after an epic event. Users and their loved ones report their moment of awakening, their epiphany, after incidents such as major health scares, near-fatal overdoses, blackouts, and memory loss, auto incidents harming self or others, despicable behavior that hurts or harms others, departure of loved ones unwilling to embroil themselves in the nightmare of addiction, getting expelled at school or fired at work, and getting arrested for criminal activities including drug dealing.

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The cycle of addiction precipitated by initial use predictably leads the user to incremental increases in the consumption of substances. The gradual increase in substance ingestion cultivates tolerance, create dependence, and ultimately explodes into a full-blown addiction. It happens slowly and then suddenly. Eventually, the cumulative toll on every aspect of the user’s life, on everything he or she touches, and on everyone in his sphere including loved ones, assumes a quality of normalcy over time.

But after an epic event, the severity of the addiction and the gravity of the situation finally comes into sharp relief and focus. Hitting rock bottom shatters the normalcy of addiction for users and their loved ones. The saving grace is that hitting rock bottom is usually the first step to recovering from addiction. 

Devouring Disease

Addiction affects every aspect and area of a person’s life. It devours everything that stands in its way and takes no prisoners. Physical and mental health is inevitably endangered by continual and extended substance abuse. Self-harm while intoxicated, and overdoses endanger physical and mental equilibrium. Addiction often damages or and overdoses endanger physical and mental equilibrium. Addiction often damages or destroys people’s relationships with their loved ones, extended family, and friends; their performance at school or work; and impairs their ability to thrive and flourish as spouses, partners, parents, and as children with familial rights and responsibilities. 

In addition, risky behavior and interactions with criminals and engagement in criminal behavior such as drug dealing, theft, reckless endangerment of others while under the influence, and other illegal activities can create legal problems for the substance abuser. Infractions, felony misdemeanors, misdemeanors, and felonies are predictable highlights in the substance abuser’s case profile. Most poignantly, addiction has a human cost that wrecks users and their families emotionally, physically, and financially. Addiction truly is a family, communal, and societal disease.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

The Cycle of Addiction

Recognizing Addiction

Alcohol and substance abuse are powerful chronic disorders that can accelerate in severity and make it difficult for the user to control, manage, cut down, or stop their addiction through mere self-ill, discipline, and non-residential treatment modalities. Some signs to look for to gauge if you or loved one is ready for rehab. If your loved one is in the grip of addiction, educate yourself on addiction – that it is a disease and not a problem of discipline, delinquency, or moral deficiency. 

Are you Addicted?

When making a decision on residential drug addiction treatment or rehab, it is useful to gauge the severity of you or your loved one’s addiction, if a medical provider hasn’t already made an evaluation and recommended treatment.

See if any of the following applies to you or your loved one. Once check should serve as a caution. More than one confirms addiction that requires evaluation by a medical professional and treatment options.

Ready for Rehab?

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?
Then comes the moment when a person wrestling with an addiction (or their loved one) recognizes that he/she has hit rock bottom. For some, it’s the departure of a partner who can no longer tolerate life with an addict. For others, it’s witnessing the despair of a parent whose unconditional support and love for the user has worn thin.
And for others, it’s fear, shame, and self-loathing that result from losing a job, failing school, endangering their own or someone else’s life with their addiction, or from punishment by the legal system for criminality

10 Signs Your Ready for Rehab

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

One

You may find yourself longing to retrieve the life you had before addiction.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Two

You find yourself less opinionated, more humble, and more open to listening to those who are still rooting for you to overcome your addiction.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Three

You regret the relationships your addiction has cost you, and the ones you’ve damaged, and have a strong desire to make things right.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Four

Your addiction has wrecked your physical and mental health and you wish to return to full health.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Five

You’ve sabotaged your livelihood, career, or education and would like to reclaim them.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Six

Your addiction has led you to dangerous or criminal behavior.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Seven

You’ve seen your own future written in the faces of others in the throes of addiction and it has frightened you.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Eight

You recognize that one of the reasons you’ve remained in your addiction is because you’re afraid of the effects of withdrawal.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Nine

You realize you cannot do this alone and need professional help.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Ten

You desperately want to save your own life because the alternative is eventual death.

If you’re a person in the grip of addiction who’s facing any of the above scenarios, you’ve seen the handwriting on the wall writ large, that the life you’re living is unbearable and that you need to change it before you go under. These signs are a wakeup call, the jolt one needs to begin the journey to recovery. Rehab is the logical next step for those who have the necessary health insurance coverage or financial resources to submit to intensive residential treatment and recovery. 

Inside Rehab

Primary Care in Residential Rehab lasts from 28 to 30 days. Deemed as standard care and highly beneficial to those who suffer from addiction, most health insurance covers the cost of 28 to 30-day primary care addiction treatment programs as part of behavioral and mental health plans coverage.

The best residential treatment facilities offer seamless, integrated, wraparound, evidence-based addiction treatment. They offer a combination of medical and psychological services, removed from a client’s regular environment, coupled with skills-building, education, individual and group therapy, peer support, and networks of support to sustain sobriety and relapse prevention. In addition to the latest advances in addiction treatment and a literal cornucopia of treatment and healing modalities, the most important aspect of residential treatment is the community of others on the same journey to recovery. In rehab, one will find one’s tribe, people in every stage of addiction, looking to reclaim their lives.

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

No one’s story is ever original, or terrible, or shocking in rehab. Every story is the same—I used, I kept using, I lost myself, I want to reclaim myself. The stories are not just those of clients, but of many in the rehab community. It is a tribe with a single, binding narrative—addiction and recovery.

“I understood myself only after I destroyed myself.
And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know
who I really was.”

-Client in Recovery

Inside New Leaf Detox & Treatment

New Leaf Detox & Treatment offers the gold standard of care in rehab—residential detox and treatment. As best practice, it views the journey of addiction recovery and sobriety through a trauma-informed lens. New Leaf maintains that a holistic approach to recovery and sobriety can only be addressed through trauma-informed care. It’s entire clinical and support staff are trained in trauma-informed care.

Once an individual commits to, and invests, in his or her recovery, the team at New Leaf embraces the patient’s efforts and activates the goal of recovery and sobriety with trauma-informed sensitivity and care. A primary clinician at New Leaf engages with the patient and does a number of evaluations and screenings, trauma included. Directed by the primary clinician, the patient begins detox with or without medication-assisted treatment.  The levels of care offered at this industry-leading rehab are found here: https://nldetox.com/san-juan-capistrano-addiction-treatment/

In many cases, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the first element of the treatment plan offered by New Leaf Detox & Treatment.  It is a form of pharmacotherapy that serves as a harm reduction tool when used in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapies. MAT is effective at diminishing cravings, reducing high-risk behaviors associated with substance abuse, and creating stability for clients during transitional periods. 

When to Consider Rehab for Addiction?

Choose Rehab, Choose Life

The first step of Alcoholics Anonymous declares: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable.” Residential addiction treatment is a solid decision when you or your loved one is powerless over their addiction and that life has become unmanageable.

The philosophy of New Leaf Detox & Treatment is to equip clients with the knowledge, life skills, spiritual tool kit, and emotional support they need to produce a meaningful character transformation necessary for sustained long-term recovery. New Leaf’s team of professionals works diligently with clients to uncover, discover, and discard; to unearth the authentic self in each client, healing the underlying causes of addiction. 

With a client-focused philosophy that acknowledges and embraces the unique strengths, experiences, and needs that each person brings to the treatment process, New Leaf Detox and Treatment is uniquely prepared to provide the life-changing care that will empower men and women to overcome their chemical dependence and mental health issues and make the other changes that will support their successful pursuit of happier and healthier futures, free from the constraints of addiction.

The NLDT team is dedicated to clients’ full recovery view sobriety and recovery as a process of change and transformation. The name, New Leaf, is a metaphor for the change and transformation that begins for clients when they commit to walking through the center’s doors, and for the treatment staff’s commitment to helping clients turn over a new leaf.

Change is hard, that’s why we can’t do it alone and why it is vital that we have a foundation of hope.

― Russell Brand
Recovery - Freedom from our Addictions

Remaining drug-free during recovery is a daily proposition. It requires the individual to subscribe to, and harness, all the available tools and resources  to maintain sobriety. It is an exhausting period that requires daily mindfulness and vigilance. Every person in recovery is vulnerable to relapse which may elicit feelings of guilt, shame, and self-loathing, and sometimes, a deeper descent into using again. Depression, anxiety, mood swings, destructive thoughts, compulsion, obsession, isolation, loneliness, and the temptation to return to their addiction threaten sobriety at this time. To maintain sobriety, the person in recovery must continue to lean on the arsenal of tools he or she acquired during treatment, and the supportive sober living community.

If I can be an example of getting sober
Then I can be an example of starting over
We fell so hard
Now we gotta get back what we lost lost
I felt you'd go
But you were with me all along

― Macklemore, Starting Over

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