It is true that some people have been able to get clean and sober with only going to counseling, therapy, or IOP (intensive outpatient).
However, these are rare exceptions, and there are usually specific reasons why the person was able to get away with not going to inpatient rehab.
For example, they may have had very few triggers in their everyday routine. Or maybe they only got high or drunk by themselves, and no other peers or people had any influence on them whatsoever. In other words, they did not have to do much work in order to rearrange their life in order to support sobriety and recovery.
The vast majority of us, however, have plenty of daily triggers. In other words, our environment that are used to can become a trigger for us. Our routines and our day to day relationships can become a trigger for us to want to use.
As such, going to inpatient treatment can be the solution that you truly need in order to beat your addiction. Think of counseling, therapy, meetings, and IOP as forms of aftercarethose are things that you do after you go through a 28 day inpatient treatment stay. But those things cannot replace the huge boost that you get from being at an inpatient treatment center for 28 days.
If you want some hard data on this, just look at the numbers when it comes to remaining clean and sober for the first month. I know it seems like cheating, but if you happen to be at an inpatient rehab for the first 28 days, compared to people who are on the outside going to AA, or IOP, or counseling, or therapy sessions, who do you think has the better chance at remaining clean and sober for the first month? It is a slam dunkpeople who check into rehab, no matter how bad off they may have been, generally have no problem seeing it through while they are in rehab. It is fairly easy to make it through a 28 day program once you are there. The hard part, of course, is in convincing yourself to get there in the first place.
You can sort of prove this to yourself, that you actually do need inpatient treatment, by looking at your track record without treatment. How has that been working out for you, the avoiding of rehab? Probably not so well. And if you summon the courage to call a rehab and make an appointment, you will find that once you are at rehab it is fairly easy to see it through and accumulate your first month of sobriety.
Every time that I tried to argue that I did not need treatment, I was in denial. I was in denial because I was stuck in my addiction and I did not want to get clean and sober. I was afraid of sobriety. Therefore I was afraid of being in rehab. I was afraid that if I went to treatment that they would somehow brainwash me into becoming a robot. I was afraid that they had a magic wand that would make me not want to drink or take drugs. Because when I was still stuck in my addiction, I very much wanted to keep drinking and taking drugs. I wanted that more than anything, and I was terrified of facing a life in which I had no way to self medicate.
What happened is that eventually I ran out of excuses and I was completely miserable. What I mean when I say that I ran out of excuses is that I ran out of reasons to blame others for my misery. I had all the drugs and the booze that I wanted, and I finally figured out how to be alone with myself for a while, and yet I was still miserable. I thought that I wanted isolation and a limitless supply of alcohol and drugs, but when I achieved something resembling that, I found that I was still quite miserable.
And so I had to admit that I could not fix my own happiness.
My entire life, at the time, was completely revolving around drugs and alcohol. My apartment was set up for drinking and using drugs. My job was all about drinking and using drugs, mostly with my coworkers, 90 percent of which also used. This was not by accident. I had bounced around to jobs until I found my people, meaning a group of fellow drug and alcohol users.
So my entire life was really set up to support my drug and alcohol habit. And therefore it was surrounded by triggers.
For me to decide that I was suddenly going to stop all drinking and drug use, and maybe go to a few meetings each week or see a therapist was a laughable idea. There is no way that would have worked. I did not have a chance at real recovery in that environment without making some massive changes first.
So for me, the solution was painfully obviousI had to go to rehab. Not only that, but I had to go to rehab and then listen to what they told me to do. I had to stop trying to dictate the terms of my own life for a while, and instead let someone else dictate them. I had to listen when they recommended aftercare to me, and actually follow through with the aftercare instead of blowing it off like I had in the past.
I had been to rehab twice before this, and each time when they gave me an aftercare plan, I promptly ignored it. I simply did not have the resolve to follow through on recovery because I had not fully surrendered in the first place.
Here is a hint: If you are not willing to go to rehab, then you are not in a state of what I call total and complete surrender. You are still trying to be in control if you refuse rehab. Sure, you probably have a million and one excuses as to why you should NOT go to rehab for 28 days, and I am sure some of them make perfect sense to you.
Your excuses are wrong. If you continue to drink or abuse drugs and you suddenly die as a result of this, how silly will those excuses sound when they are putting you in the ground? I can assure you, those excuses are garbage when compared with the outcomes of addiction versus recovery.
With continued addiction, you eventually end up in jail, in an institution, or dead. On the way there, you get to stay miserable. Not too enticing, right?
With recovery, you make a leap of faith. You summon the courage to go through a crappy week of detoxification. You check into a 28 day rehab and, if you do the work and push yourself a bit, you will look back a few months from now and realize that you made the best decision OF YOUR LIFE.
Going to rehab was the best decision I ever made, period. Ever. Of my entire life.
And everyone who went to rehab and remained clean and sober will say the exact same thing. Best. Decision. Ever.
So the two outcomes could not be more night and day.
One, you stay stuck in addiction, you avoid going to rehab, and you continue on this negative spiral into chaos, misery, and depression. Eventually you end up in jail, an institution, or dead.
Or you go to rehab and turn your life around. You put in the effort and eventually you look back on this moment with tears of gratitude.
Life is a struggle either way. If you stay stuck in addiction, life is still a struggle, right? Addiction is hard. Life is hard.
I am not going to lieif you choose recovery, if you choose rehab, there will still be challenges. But the bonus is that your life starts getting really, really good after a few months. And that is something worth fighting for.
Go to rehab. Change your life. Enjoy your new world.
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