Eliminating the Fear Factor from Rehab

Halloween is coming, but rehab doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, going away to rehab can be one of the best, most peace-filled decisions you’ll ever make. Take a look at some common fears about going to rehab, along with facts to help you overcome them.

Fear of Withdrawal

Withdrawal from drugs and alcohol is a painful process, with symptoms such as headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, and more. It’s no wonder that quitting seems scary and even impossible. But in a detox center, you will receive constant support and medical care throughout the process.

You may also benefit from a SMART Recovery program, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. This 4-point program is designed to help people from all walks of life—not just those who identify as spiritual or religious—recover from abusive and addictive behaviors.  The SMART programs encourages one-on-one informal conversations as a method to healing vs. 12 step-type group programs that may not work for everyone. 

Whatever your individual treatment plan, you can rest assured that you won’t have to endure withdrawal alone.

Fear of Leaving Your Loved Ones

Going away to rehab means leaving your family and friends behind for a while. You may worry how they will fare while you’re away, and how you’ll handle being without them. But going to rehab and getting clean will ultimately help you be a better spouse, parent, and friend. It’s an investment in yourself that will affect all your relationships. And in the meantime, you will discover that rehab is not a lonely place. You will be surrounded by caring staff as well as other addicts who know exactly what you’re going through.  

Fear of Financial Hardship

Even if you know you need to go to rehab, you may fear that you simply can’t afford it. But in reality, you can’t afford not to seek treatment. The good news is that many rehab centers accept insurance from major providers such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare, so your treatment may be covered. If you don’t have insurance, look for a rehab center that offers an affordable pricing structure and payment plans that fit your budget.

Fear of Failure

Sometimes we don’t want to try because we don’t want to fail. You may feel that you don’t have what it takes to make it through rehab. You may feel that you don’t have the strength or the willpower to stop using. But in rehab, you will quickly learn that you’re not alone in the struggle. The support of therapists as well as others in recovery will give you strength and courage as you walk the path toward healing together.

Don’t let fear hold you back from seeking treatment. A substance abuse treatment center can provide the support you need on your journey to recovery.

Overcome fear with facts: Call (888) 984-3284 to speak with our trained admissions counselors and ease your anxieties about going to rehab.


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