People make the decision to attend drug treatment for several different reasons, but anyone addicted to a drug has lost control of their lives. Some people seek to regain control. Others are seeking hope. Still others go to drug treatment because they are forced to, either by their life circumstances, family members or the courts. For most people, drug treatment is preferable to jail. Treatment should be sought with free will to be the most effective, but courts often force some people convicted of certain crimes to choose between jail and rehab. This is a controversial practice. It often fails because the person isn’t really ready to stop using their drug of choice.
Some women go to treatment because their children have become caught up in the Child Protective Services net due to parental drug use. This is a wake-up call for many women. When faced with the possible loss of their children, they find the courage to face their demons and seek drug rehab help. Sadly, this isn’t true in all cases. It’s true that some mothers, and fathers, have chosen drugs over their children.
When Drugs are Bigger Than You Are
At the end of the day, most people go to drug treatment because they know they have to. They have tried to quit on their own and failed many times over. It’s not just a matter of willpower. When used on a daily basis, drugs such as opioids and alcohol cause profound changes in the brain. The brain can no longer function without the presence of the drug of choice. Withdrawal symptoms are painful. In the case of alcohol, withdrawal without medical intervention can kill. While opioid withdrawal isn’t typically life-threatening, still, it’s painful and distressing enough to force someone to use the opioid drug again just to get relief.
It’s easier to withdraw in a treatment facility. For one thing, you know you can’t get your drug there. You don’t obsess on it as much. Medical withdrawal treatment will keep you pretty comfortable. Everyone is different, but the drugs used to ease withdrawal almost always eliminate the worst symptoms. Some people find near complete relief. An alcoholic who has tried to withdraw alone before may attend drug treatment out of fear of death. They know that a treatment facility is the safest way to withdraw.
This article is just an overview. Everyone has their own story and their own reasons for attending drug rehab. If you’re ready to change your story and seek help and hope at a drug treatment facility, call us at 800-737-7376. We’re here 24 hours a day. We are here to help you find the hope and new life you’re looking for. Don’t hesitate. We are waiting for your call.