Something we hear quite often is, "I've tried rehab before, and it didn't work. Why should I try again." If you struggle with addiction, the road to recovery is a lifelong process. That's why it's important to stay proactive. You should never look at rehab as the destination. It's one step along the journey that offers a second chance to many who struggle with addiction.
If you've already gone through rehab and have relapsed, you probably have experienced many emotions — anger, regret, shame, hopelessness. You may even blame the rehabilitation program for failing you. But rehab isn't a quick fix. These treatment programs teach healthy ways to cope with addiction and show you how you can exist without drugs or alcohol as part of your life.
Even if rehab didn't work the first time around, every moment you're alive is a new chance. You may find that you learn something new this time that will give you the strength to turn your life around. Here are some reasons you should consider giving rehab another chance.
It doesn't matter how many times you've attempted rehab — you never know what the future holds. This time around could be when you stay sober for good. Trying for sobriety is exhausting, but it's worth it knowing that, in the end, you will have a happier and fuller life free from addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Despite what many believe, addiction is a disease that affects your mind and body. As time goes on and you can't break free, it only gets worse. Rehab is an opportunity to make positive changes that will give you a chance to live a long and healthy life. All that drug and alcohol addiction does is put you in danger of innumerable health risks.
When you're in the midst of drug or alcohol addiction, you could feel all alone, like no one understands how you feel. Attending rehab allows you to meet others who have walked the same road and professionals who know what you are going through. As you attend group sessions and get to know people, you will realize that you are not alone. There are others who can help you break the chains of addiction.
Addiction doesn't come out of nowhere. It usually stems from past hurts and triggers that pushed you over the edge. At rehab, you will get the opportunity to confront these so you can find healthy ways to cope. You will also have the opportunity to meet the real you — the person who isn't defined by drug or alcohol addiction.
Some people in the midst of addiction feel that there is nothing good or beautiful about their life. They even believe the lie that they're not worthy of help. Addiction actively attacks your self-worth until you don't recognize anything about yourself except guilt and shame. But rehab programs actively seek to restore your self-esteem until you realize that you deserve the best possible life.
An effective detox is the best first step to recovery. If you're ready to give rehab another chance, come to Diamond House Detox first, a medically monitored detoxification center in Northern California. We will be there to assist you as your body purges drugs and alcohol out of your system. We can even help you find a rehab facility near you. It's okay to ask for help and to want to try again. You deserve relief, so contact us today.
Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on September 7th, 2018.