Guest Recovery Article By Author, Alyssa Craig ~ The Pros & Cons of Going to Rehab

Hello Recovery Friends and Welcome New Friends,

I have another guest article by way of a good friend of mine, Aaron Emerson. The author is Alyssa Craig, who is also a writer/author who shares her recovery over at Heroes in Recover:

She was kind enough to share another article with all of us, and not only is it a talked about topic, but there are many Pros & Cons about getting treatment for addiction through rehab services. Her is what Alyssa has to say about this topic. And I thank her for sharing more of her recovery and experiences with us all as well.

The Pros & Cons of Going to Rehab by Author, Alyssa Craig

If you or a loved one are thinking about beginning the addiction recovery process, you have likely looked into entering a rehabilitation program. Before you make this important decision, make sure you get the facts. You should consider the many pros of going to rehab, as well as the cons in order to better educate yourself and enter the situation with the best information possible.

Pros of Going to Rehab

Support : One of the great assets available to those in addiction recovery rehabilitation centers is the amount of support they receive. From therapy sessions (both individual and group), peer support (connecting with those in similar situations), and occasionally even acupuncture, yoga, and meditation (depending on the center). In addition, at the right facility there will be medical professionals on staff 24/7 to ensure not only safety, but also good health along the way. This is a level of support that cannot be matched in the outside world.

Personalized Treatment Plans : Upon entering a rehab center, the individual will have the opportunity to sit down with staff and develop a personalized treatment plan to follow through the course of rehabilitation. This transparency gives a peace of mind, as well as a level of control in the situation.

Removal from Negative Influences
: Some of the triggers of relapse or unsuccessful recovery attempts are the people and places that influenced the poor behavior in the first place. Attending rehab gives the individual the opportunity to remove themselves from those influences and make their own decisions, free from the pressure and involvement of others.

Structure : Schedules are laid out each day, nutrition is monitored for optimal health (as addicts tend to be malnourished or lack essential vitamins and minerals), and these help the individual to experience order in what may have previously been a chaotic situation.

 : While in the treatment center, individuals are also taught more about their addiction and learn about general and personal triggers. They are then taught tools they can use to combat these triggers and how to apply them throughout their lives. As mentioned here , a lack of self-confidence is one of the obstacles to a healthy recovery and the tools taught will be helpful in developing the self esteem needed.

Transitional Plans : Upon completion of their time at the rehab center, individuals will then have a chance to develop a plan on how they will be able transition back into their regular lives and continue to see success in recovery.

After Care Services : After a person has left a rehab center, they continue to receive support. This may take the form of continuing education or even group therapy sessions where they can continue to receive peer support.

Cons of Going to Rehab

Struggles of Detoxification Process : Many people continue to use substances because they are afraid of withdrawal. It is true that withdrawal is incredibly uncomfortable and causes unpleasant symptoms that will need to be experienced before recovery can be possible. However, this is why a 24/7 medical staff is important, as they can help alleviate some of the symptoms, as well as ensure that withdrawal and detox are completed safely.

Removal of Privileges: In entering rehab, an individual agrees to give up some of their freedoms for a time. There is no contact allowed with the outside world in many centers and a person may not get to pick and choose which parts of rehab they participate in. However, this is done to provide structure and makes it possible for the individual to actually progress in recovery.

Giving Up Previous Associations: Entering rehab means that other things will have to be given up. This may mean people they used to associate with, it may be employment that is unsupportive of the time needed to go through the rehabilitation process, or a number of other things. However, these sacrifices are all necessary for a successful recovery.

Unrealistic Expectations: Some people find themselves facing feelings of disappointment or even failure if the rehab process is harder for them than they originally expected. It is important to go in with realistic expectations and realize setbacks are a natural part of life, especially in addiction recovery.

Though there are some parts of entering rehab that will be difficult and even unpleasant, the positives far outweigh any negatives. Additionally, any cons a person may consider are likely already addressed as part of the rehab program, with solutions and comforts already in place. If attending a rehab center will help you, or the person you love, get free from a destructive addiction and learn how to build a new, healthy life for you and your family, it is more than worth the costs.

(Article Courtesy of Author, Alyssa Craig.)

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