There is not often a solid line that indicates when a person has gone from having a “good time” to having a drug addiction. It might start out as partying with friends or as a result of a traumatic experience. Drug addiction can happen to anyone. It can happen to lawyers, doctors, and teachers just as it can to a straight-A student, a homeless person, or a good friend.
Drugs are equal opportunity; they don’t care who you are, where you’ve been, or where you think you’re going. An addiction is just the same. Both have a way of taking you off your intended course careening into a ravine of dependency.
The first step to getting treatment for an addiction is to admit that you have one. It’s easy to make excuses and find ways to navigate around recovery. You may want to get help, too, but sometimes taking that initial action is harder than anyone realizes. It can be even more difficult to right yourself if you also suffer from a mental health condition.
Is Rehabilitation for You?
Who goes to rehab anyway? People from all walks of life who have trouble with addiction go to rehab. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you may want to consider it too:
- Has your substance abuse led you to make illegal or immoral choices?
- Has addiction damaged the relationships you have with those you love?
- Have friends or family shown concern for your drug use?
- Do you find it difficult to stop using, even though you want to?
- Have you neglected your main responsibilities (work, family, etc.) in lieu of your drug use?
Every day people ask themselves these same questions and experience the same desire to get clean. Having a Dual Diagnosis can be especially troublesome when trying to recover from substance abuse. A mental health condition can compound the already painful task of rehabilitation, but it doesn’t make recovery impossible.
Dual Diagnosis and Rehab
Interestingly, drug abuse and mental illness often go hand in hand. That’s because, essentially, addiction is a mental illness. Drug abuse affects our brain’s chemistry and, if strong enough, addiction can overcome our whole lives. Conquering both issues together can improve rehabilitation success and make life more manageable for the affected individual. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that over 8.9 million people have both addiction and mental illness issues. That’s more than 40 percent of adults over the age of 18. Of these millions of people suffering from a co-occurring disorder, only a fraction of that population receives the adequate care and treatment they need. That statistic is heartbreaking.
You may come up with reasons why drug rehabilitation isn’t right for you. You may use finances, family, or your job as a cause for waiting to enter rehab. You might think you can do it on your own. Whatever your reason for waiting on rehab, it’s essential to realize that drug abuse and mental illness are no small matters. Combined, they can create an intense downward spiral into addiction that can be deadly.
So, ask yourself again: Who goes to rehab? People like you. At The Oaks at La Paloma we know that this struggle is hard but we want to help make it easier. We have qualified and experienced staff on call to help with your substance abuse and mental health issues.