If you're reading this article, let me be the first to congratulate you. Sure, it may sound like an empty cliché, but coming to grips with your drug or alcohol problem is the first step to getting better. Once you recognize and accept that addiction is a disease and tackle that little shoulder-devil commonly known as denial, the beautiful, true, rational you wakes up-in no time, you'll be well on your way down the bright road of recovery .
For many bravely working through their disease, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers provide the perfect setting for the first days of sobriety. In life, trials are often more easily faced when surrounded by others going through the same thing. Rehabilitation campuses are safe environments where everyone is in the same boat. When you wake up each morning and interact with dozens of people working through the same feelings and fears, it's a comforting, encouraging reminder that you're not alone.
Like any disease, addiction is best treated by qualified health professionals. At a rehab facility, you'll have access to a highly trained team of doctors that will help ease you through both the physical and mental anguish associated with detoxing and learning how to live soberly. Also, when you start your sober life with the help of doctor's and professionals, the probability of continued success, even after you leave rehab, is greatly increased.
A product of drug and alcohol addiction is irrational behavior, which often leads to damaged relationships. If you were well, you'd never dream of lying to and stealing from the ones you love. When you commit to a rehab program, you'll be taught to find the courage to ask for forgiveness. In many instances, rehabs facilitate family and friend days that help make reconnecting with loved ones even easier. Moreover, some facilities also provide programs for the families of patients to help them better understand what you're going through.
There was a reason the public was angry with James Frey when it was revealed that his memoir of addiction, A Million Little Pieces, was found out to be untruthful. It's because everybody understands the difficulty of addiction; more than that, everybody respects a person who can admit a problem and summon the courage to seek help. Folks were peeved with Frey because what he did was disrespectful to those who have worked hard to make it through addiction; and his deception didn't pay proper respect to the noble act of seeking rehabilitation. In other words, when you make the responsible choice to get help and are honest about your struggles, people will respect you for it.
Don't be discouraged because all you seem to hear about is celebrity rehab facilities that cost thousands of dollars a day. There are many, many affordable rehab centers across the country. Furthermore, tons of programs exist that provide financial aid for drug and alcohol rehabilitation costs. Remember, there's never any shame associated with getting help. Good luck on your road to recovery, you're worth it.