By: Bethany Winkel
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What are You Afraid of? Getting Help for Addiction
Addiction is a disease that might be difficult to overcome, but it is impossible to recover from it if you don’t even try. Millions of Americans are currently living with an addiction and are not going to get the help they need to take control of it. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009 (9.3 percent of persons aged 12 or older). Of these, only 2.6 million—11.2 percent of those who needed treatment—received it at a specialty facility.
So what is keeping you from getting addiction help? Are you among those that are in denial, or those that have a million excuses as to why you can’t? Below are the most common excuses people have for not finding help for a drug or alcohol addiction.
Many people are not ready to admit that they have a problem. They feel that they still have control over their lives, that they can stop using whenever they want, and they aren’t going to let others tell them what to do or how to live their lives. Deep down, however, these people face fear and uncertainty about what treatment would do for them, and they use denial as a cover-up for these feelings.
One of the main reasons people say they cannot get help for a drug or alcohol addiction is the cost. They might not have insurance that will cover the cost. They might not have the means to pay for treatment that costs thousands of dollars. However, there are many other options to afford treatment. Medicare and Medicaid now cover much of the cost of addiction treatment, and there are other programs that are free or reduced. Most people find that the cost of treatment is small in comparison to the huge cost of addiction, when you add in the cost for the drugs themselves, health care costs, loss of productivity, and poor money choices.
Other people say they are afraid of what might happen if they admit to having a problem with drug addiction. They fear they might lose their job, that their family and friends will look down on them, and that even neighbors and acquaintances will talk badly about them. The good news is that the negative stigma of getting help for an addiction has begun to change in recent years. More people now understand that addiction is a disease, and that entering rehab is the best way to get one’s life back. It is much worse to continue in the addiction and try to hide it than to admit to it and actually do something about it.
Another reason many people don’t even try to get help for a drug or alcohol addiction is the fear of failure. They may have tried before and relapsed, or simply doubt they have what it takes to recover. They may feel they are beyond help. What these people don’t realize is that they will never know until they try. Relapse does happen, but it doesn’t mean the person can’t get right back up and try again. The important thing is to find a program that is right for the individual, one that is tailored to meet his or her specific needs. Long term care and support groups are also important in order to prevent relapse. Recovery is possible, even for those that feel they are the most hopeless addicts.
Finally, people are often afraid of the unknown. They don’t know if they can handle the physical rigors of detox, and they don’t know if they can be strong enough to withstand triggers to use. They don’t know what treatment entails, and are unsure of minor details like how long they will need to be away from home, how they will get to rehab, or how to enroll.
The way to get beyond these excuses is to research and find the answers to the questions. A simple call to the ATSI hotline at 1-855-299-9672 can answer many of these questions and help you understand your options for recovery.
If you have used any of the excuses above, or have any other fears about recovery, don’t let these obstacles stand in your way of getting help. The caring staff at ATSI is here for you, ready to answer any questions you have. Don’t wait any longer, call us at 1-855-299-9672 today.