Do I Need Rehab? 8 Indications You Might Need Professional Help

Last Updated: Jan 17th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

If you or somebody love is struggling with addiction, rehab can be the difference between life or death. Rehab allows people to heal not only their addiction but also their inner wounds as well. There is tremendous power in taking that first step towards recovery

There are many warning signs that one can look out for when deciding whether or not rehab is the right choice. Recognizing the signs and taking early action is key in overcoming addiction. Whether it’s your loved one struggling with addiction, keep your eye out for the following signs: dependency, withdrawal symptoms, negative consequences, tolerance, concerned friends, failed attempts to quit, co-occurring disorder, secrecy.

Dependency

Do you depend on a substance, such as alcohol, to get you through the day? Do you often find yourself wondering when you’ll be able to use a certain substance? One of the biggest warning signs to look out for is a dependency on the substance. When somebody becomes dependent on his substance their day-to-day lives Will become centered around their use.

You may find yourself not being able to get to the day without using it. Although this dependency may only seem only physical, it is a sign that your body has now grown a chemical dependency on it. Another sign of dependence is withdrawal symptoms. 

If you stop using the substance for a certain amount of time, you may notice physical symptoms such as fatigue and headaches. These physical symptoms can become dangerous if not acknowledged and treated. Stopping cold turkey can even have fatal consequences. If you find yourself wondering whether or not you should attend rehab, these physical symptoms are a major sign you should seek help. 

Withdrawal Symptoms: Continued

Physical signs aren’t the only symptoms you should look out for. Irritability, depressive behavior, and aggression are some of the mental withdrawal symptoms one can experience. It is important to understand that each person’s symptoms vary based on their circumstances and addiction. 

One may have extreme cases of withdrawal, while others have more subtle signs. These withdrawal symptoms occur when the person is not using the substance. It’s your body’s natural way of responding when it becomes accustomed to the substance. 

We encourage you to give us a call or send us a message if you have any questions about withdrawal symptoms. 

Negative Consequences

Dealing with negative consequences because of addiction is another warning sign that you may need rehab. If substance abuse is starting to affect your life, seek help. These negative consequences can include the loss of a job or damaged relationships.

You may find that your life has negatively changed since you’ve become addicted. It is important to be honest with yourself and think about where substance abuse has led you. Another major warning sign is if you’ve had any kind of legal consequences because of the substance abuse. 

When assessing your life it’s easy to fall into the trap of shaming yourself. However, please understand that everyone makes mistakes and goes through their own set of obstacles. No matter what stage you’re in, it’s possible to get better. Seeking help by attending rehab is a sign of strength and a step in a positive direction.

Tolerance

Tolerance is another sign that it’s time to consider rehab. You may notice that you need increased amounts of the substance to achieve the same high. This tolerance occurs when your body becomes used to the drug and needs more to feel the same effects. Although it may seem harmless at first, this can be one of the most dangerous signs. 

Constantly taking more to feel that same high can lead to a fatal overdose. For example, heroin is a depressant that can slow your heart rate drastically. An increased heart and pulse rate can lead to a coma or even death. No drug is worth losing your life over. Rehab can make the difference between an overdose and a chance to start fresh.

Friends Expressing Concern

If your loved ones have noticed significant changes in how you behave, then it’s time to take a step back. Often those close to us can notice things that we don’t. Your friends and family may have already expressed their concern regarding your substance abuse.

It’s important to understand that your loved ones want what’s best for you and are trying to help. We can sometimes get into the habit of convincing ourselves that we’re okay even when we’re not. We want to emphasize that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. It means that you’re brave and feel like you’re ready to turn your life around. 

It’s easy to find yourself in a mental debate wondering if you should go to rehab. When the people around you are expressing concern and have noticed patterns in your behavior, then rehab may be something to look into.

Tried to Quit on Your Own With No Success

If you’ve tried to quit on your own and keep falling back into the habit of addiction, rehab can help. Addiction is a serious disease that often consists of more than one relapse. It’s a process that requires patience and effort. One of the many benefits of rehab is that it provides a safe space and supportive community for recovery. 

It is also an environment that is free of triggers that can make one fall back into substance abuse. It is not uncommon for addicts to use drugs with other addicts. You may find yourself stuck in the community you no longer want to be a part of. Have you ever heard the saying, “You are who you surround yourself with”? 

This is especially applicable in a situation like this. Attending rehab allows you to free yourself from a toxic environment. Rehab offers stability and a structured program that is solely centered around your goal of long-term sobriety. The structured program helps to provide you tools for a sober and healthy life. The structured programs consist of medical care, as well as therapy and support groups to target mental health concerns.

You Have a Mental Health Condition 

Co-occurring disorders affect about 8.9 million people nationwide. For those struggling with addiction, this can also mean suffering from mental health disorders. For example, you may have had depression and then started using alcohol to treat it. 

For some, these mental health disorders can develop over time and through continued substance abuse. Mental health disorders can be anything from PTSD to general anxiety disorder, to bipolar disorder. We put a strong emphasis on treating the person as a whole, not just their addiction. 

There are often many emotional and mental underlying routes as to why someone is addicted. This is why it’s so important to treat the person as a whole. If you find yourself struggling with a mental health disorder, rehab can help treat you from the inside out. Ignoring the symptoms of a mental health disorder will only make them worse over time.

You Hide the Addiction From Others

As mentioned above, one of the most important steps to recovery is being honest with yourself. Addicts may find themselves hiding drugs or paraphernalia from those around them. For example, an alcoholic may hide bottles throughout the house. Concealing addiction makes it more dangerous for not only yourself but those around you too.

Once again we urge you not to feel ashamed. We understand that it’s never easy admitting that you have a problem or taking those first steps in recovery. However, rehab Will make you come to terms with the truth and take the necessary steps to get better.

Treatment at Our Facility

At 1st Step Behavioral Health, we combine calming holistic therapies under medical supervision to create a safe and serene atmosphere. We treat all kinds of substance abuse from alcoholism, to cocaine and heroin addiction. We also provide detox services to rid your body of toxins accumulated through substance abuse. 

We offer key components to treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, relapse prevention, and motivational interviewing. However, we also offer much more than just your standard levels of treatment. For example, our facility offers massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, and many other benefits. 

We also offer different levels of care depending on the severity of the addiction. This ranges from residential treatment (also known as inpatient treatment) to a more flexible program such as outpatient treatment. No matter what stage of addiction you’re in, we have a treatment program for you.

Call Us Today

Our trained medical staff will make sure to properly supervise you and provide the treatment you need. From support groups to the comfort of our facility, we offer many amenities for a high-quality treatment program.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Call 1st Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 or contact us here for more information about available programs.

 

References:

https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/data-behavioral-health

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>