It’s a question every person struggling with alcohol or drug addiction must confront: “Am I ready to go into treatment?” With this question comes a variety of more specific concerns: “Am I strong enough?” “ Can I afford it?” “What will happen to my family and my career if I go away for a month?” These are all perfectly valid questions and issues we must address prior to getting help. It’s important to remember, however, that without proper treatment for our substance abuse, they are likely to become irrelevant, however gradually. If drug and alcohol abuse is allowed to persist without intervention, there will come a point at which the need for treatment becomes the most immediate need in our lives.
It is true, however, that we are part of a society and that the world doesn’t simply stop because we have to take time our of our lives to get treatment for addiction. It’s perfectly normal to have these concerns, and there are things we can to do address them prior to entering a treatment program:
Choose Inpatient or Outpatient – You may not have to be as absent as you think during the treatment process. Outpatient care allows patients to get the help they need while maintaining their careers and their roles within their families. Many patients can get the help they need through outpatient treatment.
Appoint A Partner – The transition into treatment can be logistically difficult and downright overwhelming. Having a close loved one to help us with the process is fundamental to our success. They can help smooth things over at our jobs and help us find the right treatment program. It’s important to have someone we trust like a sibling or spouse take on this critically important role. We need to be able to rely on someone who is familiar with details of our everyday lives.
The question we should ask ourselves is not whether or not we’re ready for treatment; rather are we ready for a life of perpetual substance abuse. Relying on the people we love to help us with entry can make the process considerably easier.