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Should I Seek Addiction Treatment?

December 21, 2020

If you are struggling with addiction, you may be hesitant to seek addiction treatment. The idea of seeking treatment can bring feelings of anxiety, and you may feel that you can overpower your addiction on your own.

If you feel some hesitation in seeking treatment, consider these reasons why you should seek addiction treatment.

There is no harm in trying the treatment.

If you are not sure that you want to begin your recovery journey now, there is nothing wrong with that. Try to view treatment therapies as the opportunity for you to learn about how your life would be without alcohol or drugs. With addiction treatment, you will be offered the tools and the support you need to begin recovery if you want to.

It is important to remember that there is nothing to lose in trying addiction treatment, but keep in mind patients often see the best results when they seek recovery on their own.

In some cases, addiction is deadly.

With addiction, you do not have total control of your ability to choose what is healthy for your body and mind. Unfortunately, addiction is a deadly disease that takes the lives of 200,000 people every year.

When you have an active addiction, you need help to fight the disease. When you seek recovery, you are making the best choice for your future and your family.

You are unable to stop even when you want to.

Many people with an active addiction think their future willpower will help them stop whenever they want, but that is not always the case. This way of thinking often prevents them from seeking treatment. Addiction works by impacting your brain’s chemistry and changing its reward system. When you do try to stop, your brain will work against you.

Addiction escalates over time.

The longer you abuse drugs or alcohol, the more it will change your brain’s chemistry, making it harder for you to succeed in treatment. Over time, you also build up a tolerance for alcohol and drugs, which means you will need to consume more to get the same effects. This can cause the symptoms of detox to become more severe.

Don’t wait for a catastrophic event to seek treatment.

In many cases, people suffering from addiction will wait until something devastating happens in their life to seek addiction treatment. You can seek recovery now, but in reality, recovery can work no matter when you choose to enter treatment. By seeking treatment now, you can avoid a variety of long-term effects on your life, such as:

  • Financial struggles – Drug addiction can come at a substantial cost and can lead to you losing our possessions or your job.
  • Physical impact – Every drug has long-term physical effects. While some can be more severe than others, they can all become worse, the longer the addiction goes on.
  • Social effects – When you have a drug addiction, you may act differently towards friends and family, and others than you would normally, particularly if you are trying to get a fix. In many cases, those suffering from addiction end up isolated from family and friends.

These addiction consequences only worsen as time passes, so it’s best to get addiction treatment now before things can escalate.

Addiction Treatment in the South Hills

If you or a loved one are seeking addiction treatment, South Hills Recovery Project offers compassionate, professional care. Our suboxone clinic is located in the South Hills, and our experienced staff is ready to help you with your recovery. Contact us today to learn more.

Dr. Clark
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