For many who are concerned that they are becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol, the idea of participating in a detox and rehab program may be off-putting. If you’re worried about participating in 12 step meetings or having to deal with group counseling, you may avoid taking a step that is critical to your well-being and your future.
What if I don’t want to go to a traditional rehab facility? The world of addiction detox and rehab has actually expanded a great deal. If your family is not supportive of your rehab goals, or if they are actually involved in active addiction, you may well be safer entering a program that doesn’t include them. There are many different programs that can allow you to focus on a safe detox, healthy rehab choices, and a life that is free of the cravings and pressures of addiction.
Finding a Program That Works for You
As you seek a program that works for your needs, make sure that your focus is on finding a treatment process that includes both a monitored detox and a healthy rehab. The rehab may be inpatient or outpatient, but your detox must be supervised by medical professionals.
Detox can be dangerous, even with supervision, but on your own it can be fatal. Once you have gotten through detox, you will likely be both mentally and physically fragile. This fragility will increase your risk of a relapse. While you may have wiped out the physical need for drugs and alcohol, your mental cravings will likely remain in place. Full healing will take time.
For many struggling with addiction, the religious component of the traditional 12 step program may be off-putting. If you grew up in a home that was scarred by addiction, you may have also had to suffer religious restrictions that resulted in a form of psychological abuse. Once you’ve completed detox, understanding the damage done by these religious restrictions may actually be a part of your counseling and therapies.
The secular options for supportive group rehab are growing. It is entirely possible for you to find and build a community of connections that don’t place any faith-based restrictions on your healing. Do be aware that family members who have gained a great deal of comfort from their religions may be unable or unwilling to support you in this process. While you can wish them well and possibly even celebrate their joy in their faith, stand fast to your commitments to live a better life without the pressure of religious restrictions.
Consider Joining an Online Community
If your review of support meetings for those struggling with addiction are showing you only 12 step options, held in churches, it may be time to look online. There are several groups that meet remotely to support one another in
- managing cravings and avoiding isolation
- focusing on healthy choices in every aspect of life
- living in balance
As you visit these groups, make sure that you are also carefully considering your personal viewpoints on addiction. The concept of choice can be challenging if your cravings are severe. In such cases, it may be a good idea to find out if there are medications that can block the receptors that are pushing your physical cravings.
For example, those addicted to opiates may get some relief from prescription doses of medications that literally block those receptors. In the event that you are able to get some relief from this pressure, consider seeking out private therapy that can allow you to dig deeper into your feelings about addiction and your own self-worth. For anyone raised in a neglectful household, it can be incredibly difficult to ask for help.
If you don’t believe that you are worthy of care, you may think it is your lot to struggle on alone. Addiction is an incredibly complicated condition that acts on your body, brain and mind. You deserve care that takes your comfort into consideration. If a traditional rehab doesn’t suit your needs, there are other options. Ready to get started? Call us today at 844-639-8371.