There are thousands of people who need treatment for addiction (and other mental illnesses) but don’t because of a variety of reasons. Some of those reasons include:
- not enough time
- not enough money
- confidentiality concerns
- not knowing how to get treatment
- health insurance didn’t cover treatment
- fear of judgment
- fear of being committed
- belief that treatment wouldn’t help
- belief that treatment wasn’t necessary
For some people, these obstacles may exist in addition to the many fears they have. There may be a fear of the unknown, fear of being bored in recovery, fear of committing to something and not have the ability to stay with it, and the fear of being judged by others. There’s no question that getting sober requires courage, strength, and determination. It’s common for people to fear the detox process and then the withdrawal process that follows, which can be uncomfortable and even painful. There might be fears of what the addiction treatment includes and fears of not being able to handle it all.
Certainly, there’s a lot a person can fear when approaching addiction treatment. At the same time, there are large numbers of supportive people who can turn a fearful experience into a manageable one. When a person enters treatment, there is staff at the facility along with other service providers who can provide comfort and ease. Secondly, there are a large number of resources to call upon during your recovery. These include:
- attending a 12-step meeting
- the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- support groups
- community of others who are working on their recovery
- family and friends who care about you
Also, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a list of resources by location. In California, for example, you can access the following resources:
- the mental health services directory
- a list of Hispanic youth violence prevention services
- the State Resource Guide
- a list of state suicide prevention programs
- the substance abuse treatment facility locator
- state statistics on addiction and recovery
Although it might be an experience that full of fear at first, the fear won’t last long. Soon, you’ll find that you have a number of supports around you. Also, not all supports and resources will be handed to you. You may have to seek them out. You might have to advocate for yourself so that the experience of addiction treatment is what you want it to be. Once you’re going to treatment and getting the services you need, you might find that there are many reasons to get addiction treatment despite the many fears it can trigger, including:
- the support you’ll find once you’re in treatment
- the way you’ll feel once you’re past early recovery
- the way your family and friends will look at you when you’re sober
- the way you will perform better at work
- the way you’ll feel more clear minded
- the better you will feel physically
And you might find all sorts of others reasons to get treatment despite the fears you have at first. But you’ll never uncover these experiences unless you pick up the phone and call for help today.
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