Finding the Right Program for Substance Abuse
The biggest myth about drug and alcohol rehabilitation is that treatment doesn’t work.
Believing that may be one reason that finding the right treatment program seems so
Another myth told is that substance abuse is just a matter of choice. The truth is
that drug addiction and alcohol addiction are long-lasting diseases. They can be treated
as successfully as many other long-lasting diseases like high blood pressure, asthma,
How do you know if you need treatment?
You may have had a choice when you first started using drugs or alcohol. But, after
a while, these drugs actually change the structure and functioning of your brain.
Once you are addicted, the urge to use the substance you are addicted to becomes so
powerful that you may continue using it without thinking about what could happen.
You need to ask for help if you continue to use drugs or alcohol even after developing
problems with your health, your job or education, or your relationships. Another warning
sign is your need for more drugs or alcohol to get the same pleasant feeling as when
you first started using them.
Finding the right treatment program
Treatment isn’t the same for everyone. Your program choice may be affected by:
Where to go for help
The first step is admitting that you have a problem and that you need help. The next
is accepting that treatment takes time. Short-term, one-time treatments hardly ever
work. The best treatment programs offer many services over a period of time. In many
programs, these services include education and support for your family. Studies show
that anything less than 90 days is not long enough.
Here are resources that you can use to take the next steps:
If you feel powerless over drugs or alcohol, remember that you are fighting a disease
and you need help. Treatment does work, but it is a lifelong process. Finding the
right treatment program can help you start to address your needs and to aim at the
medical, emotional, and social parts of your addiction.