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4 Harmful Myths About Rehab Centers

Although it may be something you thought wouldn’t happen to you, the truth is that anyone can find themselves struggling with addiction at any time. With the right help, you can overcome a habit, but the thought of rehab is scary for some people.
Further complicating the issue are several common rehab myths. These myths stop people from getting the help they need, but they don’t have to stop you if you learn to spot them for the lies they are.

Rehab is Only for the Wealthy or Famous

Celebrities do seem to spend a lot of time in rehab and sometimes even showcase their time thereby allowing camera crews to document their experience. It’s important to remember, however, that there is often nothing real at all about reality television. Rehab centers are medical facilities that have the professionals and the experience required to help people overcome addiction.
While they’re designed to be comfortable, they’re not the posh country clubs that celebrity rehab guests like to flaunt. Regular people go to rehab every day and, because addiction is a medical issue, they often get help paying for treatment through their medical insurance and other programs. You don’t need to be wealthy or famous to get help for your addiction.
The Recovery Village claims that “many substance abuse treatment centers are affordable, or even free, for some clients. Many communities offer free counseling or rehab drug treatment. These types of programs usually take place at outpatient drug rehab centers
.”

All Treatment Centers are the Same

If you’ve been to rehab before and struggled there, you may feel like giving up. People often assume that all treatment centers are the same or that they employ the same strategies, but nothing could be further from the truth. Some treatment centers focus on holistic approaches while others use traditional medicines and pharmaceuticals to help you detox more comfortably. Others tend to focus more on treatment, while others specifically focus on recovery.
Some programs focus on faith and religion while others take a more secular approach. You can even work with a specific doctor or therapist if you feel more connected to them than the others at the rehab center. Decide what you’re comfortable with and find a place that provides it.

I Haven’t Hit Rock Bottom Yet, So Treatment Won’t Work

You don’t need to hit rock bottom for the treatment to work. Rehab facilities stand ready to help you the moment you decide that you want assistance. You don’t have to wait until your addiction takes everything from you to get help. As Aaron Bortel puts it, “if you’re thinking [about doing] it, get in rehab right away.”
You can start the process of making things better at any time. You don’t even have to come to rehab because you want to. Treatment can work for you, even if you’re only going because your family or the legal system insisted.

Rehab Doesn’t Work

A lot of people relapse after going to rehab, so people assume that treatment doesn’t work. That’s not the case. For some, battling addiction is a lifelong process. They may do well for a while but then stumble. If so, their treatment team will regroup, address the issue and try to put a safety net in place.
Every person is different, so sometimes treatment requires a bit of trial and error. Don’t view someone else’s relapse as a sign that rehab doesn’t work at all or won’t work for you.

A rehab center is an excellent place for you to learn what drives your addiction and get some tools that can help you overcome it. Don’t let these common rehab myths stop you from getting the help you need to break free of addiction’s chains.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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