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Trapped by Addiction – Afraid of Treatment

With so many non-12 step options why avoid addiction treatment?

With the availability of good treatment options, including non-twelve step programs and holistic drug treatment programs, why do so many people with alcohol and drug addiction refuse treatment? There are many reasons why, but most reasons are based on fear.

Most people with drug and alcohol addiction have tried to stop using more than once. When they stop using they begin to have both physical and emotional withdrawal. The physical symptoms vary according to the substance being used. Physical withdrawal can include things like severe muscle aches, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, and the list goes on and on.

It is our human tendency to avoid discomfort. Someone with alcohol and drug addiction has learned that the quickest way to avoid the discomfort of withdrawal is by using their substance again. Temporarily the discomfort goes away until the next time withdrawal kicks in. They fear that when they begin treatment and don’t have access to their substance that they won’t be able to deal with it. Many also, mistakenly, believe that the drug treatment center has never dealt with anyone whose addictions are as severe as their own.

Medical Detoxification can be comfortable.

Medical detoxification is the very first step of the treatment process, and with a qualified, caring and compassionate medical team supervising the correct protocol for the substance, or substances of choice, the physical discomfort of withdrawal can be much less severe than imagined. Symptoms are treated to keep the person as comfortable as possible during the detoxification process. Many people who have completed medical detox say that it was much easier than they expected.

Addiction is nothing to be ashamed of.

A second fear surrounding inpatient treatment is the fear of being treated disrespectfully or shamed for their addiction. Some people have gone into drug treatment programs where they were treated badly and so they are afraid to try again. THRIVE® is a holistic, non-twelve step program based on the understanding that people have health inside, are not broken, and that they deserve to be treated with respect. Our entire staff is trained to treat guests with dignity and respect.

The ultimate goal is freedom!

Another fear that many people have is that they will be giving up their freedom for several weeks as they go through the drug or alcohol treatment program. What freedom? Addiction takes away personal freedom and causes people to become slaves to their substance of choice. All decisions of life must be made around where, and how, to get the next fix or the next drink. Time spent in treatment is such a small part of a person’s overall lifespan and can give them back their freedom and release them from the slavery of addiction.

The results are priceless.

A fourth major concern is the expense. A common argument is “I can’t afford it”. How do you put a value on your life? Is the cost of treatment worth saving your life? How much does a new car cost? And the value goes down when you drive it off the car lot and it continues to decrease. An investment in treatment is an investment that can appreciate with every healthy, substance free year you live and share with those you love.

Time for everyone to heal.

A fifth concern is the reluctance to be away from children, family or significant others. Some people are fearful that their relationships will deteriorate if they are away from those they love. The truth is that most times the addiction is already destroying the relationship. Sobriety can be a great foundation on which to rebuild relationships. It is hard for parents to be away from children, but what better gift can a person offer their children than the return home of a healthy non-addicted parent.

Overcoming the fears of treatment and committing to taking that step, can be the best decision you make. If you or a loved one are battling addiction or chronic relapse and looking for a facility that can help make a difference? Contact us at Gulf Breeze Recovery or call (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about our program that has helped so many people overcome their addiction and embrace life. We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE®. 

With so many non-12 step options why avoid addiction treatment?

With the availability of good treatment options, including non-twelve step programs and holistic drug treatment programs, why do so many people with alcohol and drug addiction refuse treatment? There are many reasons why, but most reasons are based on fear.

Most people with drug and alcohol addiction have tried to stop using more than once. When they stop using they begin to have both physical and emotional withdrawal. The physical symptoms vary according to the substance being used. Physical withdrawal can include things like severe muscle aches, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, and the list goes on and on.

It is our human tendency to avoid discomfort. Someone with alcohol and drug addiction has learned that the quickest way to avoid the discomfort of withdrawal is by using their substance again. Temporarily the discomfort goes away until the next time withdrawal kicks in. They fear that when they begin treatment and don’t have access to their substance that they won’t be able to deal with it. Many also, mistakenly, believe that the drug treatment center has never dealt with anyone whose addictions are as severe as their own.

Medical Detoxification can be comfortable.

Medical detoxification is the very first step of the treatment process, and with a qualified, caring and compassionate medical team supervising the correct protocol for the substance, or substances of choice, the physical discomfort of withdrawal can be much less severe than imagined. Symptoms are treated to keep the person as comfortable as possible during the detoxification process. Many people who have completed medical detox say that it was much easier than they expected.

Addiction is nothing to be ashamed of.

A second fear surrounding inpatient treatment is the fear of being treated disrespectfully or shamed for their addiction. Some people have gone into drug treatment programs where they were treated badly and so they are afraid to try again. THRIVE® is a holistic, non-twelve step program based on the understanding that people have health inside, are not broken, and that they deserve to be treated with respect. Our entire staff is trained to treat guests with dignity and respect.

The ultimate goal is freedom!

Another fear that many people have is that they will be giving up their freedom for several weeks as they go through the drug or alcohol treatment program. What freedom? Addiction takes away personal freedom and causes people to become slaves to their substance of choice. All decisions of life must be made around where, and how, to get the next fix or the next drink. Time spent in treatment is such a small part of a person’s overall lifespan and can give them back their freedom and release them from the slavery of addiction.

The results are priceless.

A fourth major concern is the expense. A common argument is “I can’t afford it”. How do you put a value on your life? Is the cost of treatment worth saving your life? How much does a new car cost? And the value goes down when you drive it off the car lot and it continues to decrease. An investment in treatment is an investment that can appreciate with every healthy, substance free year you live and share with those you love.

Time for everyone to heal.

A fifth concern is the reluctance to be away from children, family or significant others. Some people are fearful that their relationships will deteriorate if they are away from those they love. The truth is that most times the addiction is already destroying the relationship. Sobriety can be a great foundation on which to rebuild relationships. It is hard for parents to be away from children, but what better gift can a person offer their children than the return home of a healthy non-addicted parent.

Overcoming the fears of treatment and committing to taking that step, can be the best decision you make. If you or a loved one are battling addiction or chronic relapse and looking for a facility that can help make a difference? Contact us at Gulf Breeze Recovery or call (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about our program that has helped so many people overcome their addiction and embrace life. We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE®. 

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