The sooner you seek treatment, the less emotional and physical damage you’ll need to fix.
When an individual is struggling with drug addiction, he or she may be hesitant to enter a professional treatment program for a variety of different reasons. For example, the individual may be worried about the stigma associated with being enrolled in addiction treatment, or he or she may be unwilling to admit that help is really necessary.
In other cases, people struggling with addiction are hesitant to enter professional treatment because they are worried about the expenses or the time that must be invested in the treatment process. However, in general, it is beneficial for people struggling with addiction to enter treatment as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the condition to get worse.
Here are five reasons why 2018 is the best time to seek out treatment for addictions to drugs and alcohol.
- Drug addiction affects the addict’s life, as well as the lives of those around him or her, in countless ways.
Drug addiction has a significant impact on the life of the individual who struggles with the addiction, as well as his or her friends and family. As more time passes, these effects only continue to get worse. Some of the effects drug addiction may have on the user include:
- Physical effects – The person addicted to drugs often experiences physical symptoms and complications as a result of his or her drug use. Immediately after taking a drug, the individual may experience abnormal vital signs, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cognitive changes, loss of consciousness and more. As the individual continues to take the drug, he or she may develop chronic physical problems. Examples of chronic physical problems may develop after ongoing drug use include lung problems, heart problems, liver or kidney dysfunction and even an increased risk of certain types of serious illnesses.
- Psychological effects – In addition to the physical effects an individual struggling addiction experiences, there are also significant psychological effects. In many cases, the specifics of these effects will depend on the type of drug the individual chooses. For example, some drugs may cause the individual to lose the ability to enjoy activities that were once pleasurable. Continuing drug use may also lead to other problems, such as depression, anxiety, and irritability. Some people suffer permanent psychological damage because of chronic drug use.
- Impacts on employment – As an individual becomes more obsessed with finding and taking his or her drug of choice, he or she may be unable to focus on important tasks at work. In some cases, the individual may stop going to work altogether. Alternatively, the individual may go to work drunk or high, leading to a loss of the job. Regardless of the circumstances, drug use can make it difficult or impossible for the user to hold a job and earn a steady income.
- Financial issues – Drug abuse is an expensive habit. In addition, most users build up a tolerance to their drug of choice, which means they will need larger and larger dosages in order to get the same effect. Because of the strength of the addiction, drug addicts are willing to pay almost any price to obtain the substance they think they need. For many drug users, this leads to serious financial trouble. In the worst cases, people with severe drug addictions may even find themselves bankrupt and/or homeless.
- Risk of death – Most drugs can kill the user if he or she consumes too much. Each time the user takes the drug, he or she is at risk of overdose. Without prompt treatment, overdose leads to death. In the United States, people die from drug overdoses every day.
- Loss of relationships – Drug addiction causes personality changes and mood disturbances that can cause trouble in the individual’s relationships with others. As an individual’s addiction continues to affect his or her life, he or she may lose friends, family members and/or a significant other because of the condition.
In addition to the effects experienced directly by the person abusing drugs, drug addiction can also affect the people around the addict. For example, if the individual has children, they may suffer abuse or neglect because of the individual’s addiction. Friends and family members concerned for this individual may suffer anxiety, depression and other psychological consequences as well.
- Drug addiction is not going to get better on its own.
Many people struggling with addiction are resistant to entering treatment at drug or alcohol rehab centers because they mistakenly believe that the problem will go away on its own, or they believe that they can handle the addiction themselves. However, as time passes, drug addiction only gets worse, and few people are able to quit using the drug on their own once they have become addicted to it.
Unfortunately, this inaccurate belief leads a large number of people who need addiction treatment to avoid professional treatment programs at their own peril. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse Mental and Health Services Administration, as many as 90 percent of the people who need treatment for a drug addiction are not currently enrolled in a program. This leads to countless deaths and other negative consequences that could have been avoided if more people were willing to admit that they simply aren’t able to deal with this serious, pervasive issue on their own.
- Drug addiction treatment can be successful.
Some people have been hesitant to enter treatment for a drug addiction because they don’t believe the programs at drug or alcohol rehab centers can really help them to get sober and stay sober. However, a good quality addiction treatment program can help an individual successfully overcome his or her condition and live a better life. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 40 to 60 percent of people who complete a drug addiction treatment program will not relapse after the program is over. Even among those who do relapse, treatment is not considered to have failed. In many cases, these individuals will be able to return to sobriety and maintain it effectively with the right supportive services.
The success of a drug addiction treatment program depends on many different factors, but one of the most important factors contributing to success is the quality of the program itself. For this reason, it is important for individuals to research these programs carefully before they enroll.
- An individual can seek addiction treatment at any time.
Seeking recovery sooner rather than later is always best in order to minimize the damage the addiction causes. However, anyone struggling with addiction can seek out professional treatment in 2018, regardless of the severity of his or her condition. Whether an individual has developed an addiction recently or has been struggling with an addiction for decades, treatment can still be effective. The sooner the individual enters a treatment program, the sooner he or she will be able to return to a healthy, better quality life. Thus, 2018 is the perfect time to finally make the call and begin an effective program.
- Addiction treatment programs aren’t as expensive as most individuals believe.
All addiction treatment programs have a cost. However, most people struggling with this issue will be able to afford the treatment they need. A variety of options are available to meet the needs of different clients. Some of the ways to pay for addiction treatment include:
- Medical insurance – In some cases, health insurance policies will cover some of the cost of addiction treatment programs. To determine whether this is a viable payment option, individuals considering addiction treatment should contact their insurer to verify benefits. If benefits are available, the individual can look for a treatment center that accepts this type of insurance.
- Out-of-pocket payments – Some people are able to pay for their addiction treatment programs out-of-pocket. In such cases, the individual covers his or her expenses with cash or check. Out-of-pocket payments may cover the whole cost of treatment at drug and alcohol treatment centers, or they may be used to cover the portion of the cost of treatment that isn’t covered by a health insurance policy.
- Credit – In some cases, it may be necessary to pay for the cost of treatment at drug and alcohol treatment centers with credit. Although this may not be the ideal option, the cost of a drug addiction is usually much higher than the cost of interest associated with using credit to cover addiction treatment expenses. As with an out-of-pocket payment, credit can be used to cover the entire treatment program fee or simply the portion that isn’t covered by a medical insurance policy.
- Payment plans – For some people, paying the entire amount owed upfront isn’t feasible. Fortunately, many addiction treatment centers offer payment plans to make the process of paying for treatment less taxing. People who are considering a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program should ask about the availability of payment plans in advance. If a payment plan is available, the individual should ask about the qualification requirements, if any.
Finding the Right Treatment Program
Above are just a few of the reasons why people who are struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol should consider entering treatment during 2018. However, before an individual can begin an addiction treatment program, he or she must first find the right rehab center. A large number of options are available, making it difficult for potential clients to make a choice. To find the best rehab center, clients should consider:
- The structure of the program. – Drug rehab programs fall into two main categories: inpatient and outpatient. While an inpatient program requires the client to remain on-site at all times, an outpatient program allows the client to return to his or her own home between treatment sessions. Each of these program structures offers different advantages that make them suitable for different types of clients.
- The cost of the program. – For most potential clients, the cost of the program will be an important consideration. Although choosing a program simply because it is the cheapest is not recommended, clients will still need to inquire about the cost and the payment options to make sure that they will be able to afford the drug rehab program.
- The staff-to-client ratio. – The staff-to-client ratio is the ratio of program staff members to clients enrolled in the program at any given time. In general, a program with fewer clients per staff member will provide each client with a greater amount of individualized attention, which may lead to better outcomes.
- The drug addiction treatment approaches used. – A variety of different drug addiction treatment approaches may be used at a rehab treatment center. Common examples include holistic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. In many cases, drug rehab centers employ a combination of these treatment approaches in their programs. Clients should inquire about the treatment approach used before selecting a specific recovery treatment center.
- The program’s success rate. – Different addiction treatment centers will have different rates of success and relapse. In general, it is better to select a program that has a higher success rate and a lower rate of relapse.
- The supplemental services provided – Drug rehab centers often provide supplemental services outside of the rehabilitation programs themselves. For example, a recovery treatment center may offer supportive services to the friends and family members of the individual undergoing treatment. In addition, many drug and alcohol rehab centers offer aftercare services to help clients maintain their sobriety after they leave the program. Inquiring about the existence of these services is encouraged.
Although the issues above are some of the most important to consider, clients searching for the right rehab program should also consider the program’s location, visitation policies, reputation and wait times to begin treatment.