Maybe you’ve known for a while that you have an addiction to something. If you know deep down that you can’t get sober on your own, now is the time to do something about it.
An addiction can be very devastating. It can ruin lives and family relationships. Some people that are addicts are very easy to pick out, as they are the ones that can’t keep up their regular life because drugs have taken over. Other people, however, can almost elegantly balance a full life of work, family, and drugs. Both kinds of people need help, and they need help soon.
Reason for Not Wanting to Get Help: Shame
The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that 20.8 million people in our country are not getting the treatment they need for drugs or alcohol. There are many reasons why someone puts off getting help for an addiction. One of the main reasons is embarrassment over their problem, and the fact that they don’t want to let their family down. But what the addict fails to see, however, is how much a drug or alcohol problem really affects a family. Abuse, neglect, and emotional pain are all characteristics of a family with an addiction. Most families agree that they suffer much more with an addiction than they would if the person would get treatment.
Reason for Not Wanting to Get Help: Fear and Isolation
Some addicts are afraid they will feel isolated if they get help, and are unsure of what lies ahead. But someone that enters treatment does not do it alone. Relationships form between patients and staff, and support groups build lifelong bonds. Many treatment centers now realize the importance of family involvement, and family therapy is commonplace today. And treatment does not necessarily mean detox or an inpatient stay. There are many people that can recover with outpatient treatment and counseling.
Reason for Not Wanting to Get Help: Financial Burden
Another excuse that might be given for not getting help is the cost. New steps are being taken in the field of health care and insurance, so that many plans will now cover substance abuse treatment. Government programs will also cover many patients’ treatment. Even if the patient has to pay for their treatment, drugs themselves aren’t cheap. Enduring the financial burden of a drug habit or alcoholism is taxing on any family, not to mention loss of work, loss of productivity, health problems, and the toll on society.
An addiction certainly affects all those involved. It may be hard to give in and admit that a problem is too big to handle alone. But it is so important to get help. Today. Those people that put off getting help today will likely talk themselves one last day of drugs, or one more week of drinking, but these often turn into weeks, months, and years longer of the addiction. Don’t let an addiction continue to control a life any longer.