If the very idea that you have anger issues pisses you off ... then that’s okay. You’re not alone. Addiction and anger are intricately connected. Often we find that people with substance abuse issues have a good deal of unaddressed anger.
“They tried to make me go to rehab, I said No, No, No.” So begins Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab”, the best-known ode to addiction treatment. The song is an excellent example of an individual who is not ready to go to treatment. But if you’re a bit farther along than that -- if you’re strongly considering the possibility of seeking inpatient support -- then this post is for you. Here are our top four signs that it’s time to go to rehab.
Here’s the good news: addiction is treatable. Here’s the bad news: not all addiction treatments are equally beneficial. Some treatment modalities are measurably more effective than others. Mental health and addiction treatment professionals often use the term “modality.” In plain English, it really just means a program’s method or approach. When you’re exploring program possibilities, you can simply ask, “What type of treatment do you offer at your program? What’s your approach?”
If you’ve been researching addiction treatment options, then you probably already know that 12 Step-based care is the prevailing model in the industry today. According to American Addiction Centers, approximately 74% of United States treatment centers are 12 Step based, leaving 26% Non 12 Step. While there are a growing number of alternatives available, for many 12 Step based rehabs are still most convenient and cost-effective. So, why might you look elsewhere?
One of the most popular and prevailing myths about addiction is that it’s simply a failure of willpower. Spouses, friends, and family members plead with their loved ones, “Why can’t you just stop using?” Yet the individual with an addiction doesn’t have a good answer, though they’ve asked themselves that same question a hundred times. Our answer to the question, “Why can’t this person stop using?” is, “Because they haven’t addressed and healed the underlying core issues fueling their drug use.” Those underlying core issues -- which include loss, hopelessness, and trauma -- also manifest as mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and self loathing.
When someone is struggling with addiction and mental health concerns, often we hear well-meaning people make statements such as, “You just need to stop using and love yourself instead,” or, “What you need to do is to forgive and let go of your harsh judgments.” And the person who is having a hard time thinks, Well, that would be nice, but how do I DO that? What are the practical steps? No one ever taught me this stuff!