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5 Myths About Addiction Treatment

An addiction counselor and patient in treatment break down the myths and truths of substance abuse rehab together at Destination Hope

The decision to take a step toward treatment for addiction is an important one in the right direction. However, there is a lot of stigma and false information spread about rehab and what the experience entails. The road to recovery is a series of ups and downs, but knowing you are in a direction toward a better self keeps you grounded in living the life you deserve. That being said, there are some myths to debunk and addiction treatment:

  1. You Must Hit Rock Bottom to Go to Rehab

People choose to go to rehab every single day at different points in their addiction. The beauty of addiction treatment is that it meets people where they are in their journey. You can participate in different levels of care including residential, intensive out-patient, partial hospitalization – the list goes on. Rehab is about you finding your best self to live your best life.

  1. You Have No Control Over Your Life in Rehab

As previously said, there are different levels of care in rehab. The point of rehab is not to take away control, but rather provide structure. This can consist of a daily routine in which you participate in activities that help identify the triggers of your addiction, face them, and find a way to manage and overcome them. The staff at your recovery center wants what is best for you, and the structure they put in place is there for you to progress on your road to recovery. Most importantly, at Destination Hope you will take part in the planning and the execution of your treatment plan.

  1. Relapse Means Rehab Failed

Relapse plays a significant role in a person’s road to recovery. Addiction is a relapsing illness; therefore, if you happen to relapse does not mean that you have failed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that between 40%-60% of people relapse at some point in their recovery journey. When you go through rehab, relapse prevention and management is part of the program to ensure that a person is aware of the possibility, try to prevent it  and manage the ramifications.

  1. People Are Forced into Rehab

While there are times where people received court ordered addiction or mental health treatment, many choose to seek rehab completely on their own. Either way, rehab requires participation from both the addicted individual as well as the people guiding them along the way. Ultimately, it is a personal decision to commit all of yourself to the recovery process and put trust in the process.

  1. Rehab Always Works

The bottom line about addiction is that it is a disease. Like many other chronic illnesses, they key to overcoming addiction is all about management. Rehab does not always work the first time – or even the second time – but the motivation and determination to take control of your life is what keeps a person moving in a positive direction.

Destination Hope is a leading drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment center determined to meet our clients where they are and provide them with personalized treatment that guides them forward on their road to recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, do not hesitate to reach out. Our team is ready to walk by your side and watch you achieve the happy and healthy life that you deserve.