The progression of addiction is insidious. It is often hidden to the individual but painfully evident to those around them. The defining characteristic of addiction is continued use despite escalating harm to the individual and their loved ones. If you are asking yourself questions like, “Is my addiction bad enough that I need rehab?”, it is worth considering some of the factors that may be contributing to these thoughts.
Understanding if You Really Need Rehab
Addiction distances a person from family, values, interests, and their true character. The “ease and comfort” once provided by using drugs or drinking alcohol devolves into a profound source of shame and powerlessness, compounded by the inexplicable return to continued use or abuse. Despite these realities, contemplating a life without drugs or alcohol is often inconceivable to the using person, illustrating the baffling nature of addiction.
There might have been an event or a point where you realized that you may need help, like an overdose or a blackout. However, for many users, there has not yet been an event that has caused them to believe they need treatment. Just because you have not hit a “rock bottom” point does not mean that you don’t need help, it just means that that point hasn’t happened yet. You do not have to hit your lowest point in order to stop using. Ask yourself the three questions below to help determine if you need rehab: