During some stages of addiction, it can be very difficult for addicted individuals to be able to acknowledge that they have a problem. They may believe that their actions related to substance abuse doesn’t affect anyone else but them. They may feel as if the abuse is their own business and shouldn’t be discussed or shared with other people. Some may feel as if there is nothing wrong with the substance abuse or that since it is an occasional thing, it means it is less of a concern and does not need acknowledgment. These are elements where rehab would play an important role.
Some people don’t listen to the interventions and opinions of those around them, including their loved ones. They may feel that when a loved one says that they have an addiction problem or that they need to stop their substance abuse, it’s being said out of judgment or because that person ‘doesn’t understand them’ the way their substance abusing friends do. They may feel that the interventions are coming from a place where friends and family are saying so out of condemnation and not because they care about the individual. Addicted teens may feel that remarks or interventions come from parents because the parent is seeking to judge them and punish them. In this sense, hearing these same opinions from someone at a rehab program may be a wake up call because they will realize that they are ideals shared by other sources of authority and individuals who are more experienced with the subject.
Rehabilitation isn’t something that can be provided by a family member or a friend. These people can try their best to do interventions and tell the addicted individual that they have a severe addiction problem, but it doesn’t mean that it will get through to the addicted individual. It is not the same as being able to provide proven methods and treatments that will help to counteract the damage that addiction has done. No matter what a family member or loved one can say or do, it won’t provide the same level of help that going through a rehab program will. This is simply because rehab programs feature professionals who have been trained for years to know how to handle addiction and treat it on a personal level.
It can be difficult to get someone to acknowledge that they need rehab. Many people are in denial of their need for rehab until they go to their first group session. When they hear the stories and experiences of other people who are addicted and those stories strike a chord of familiarity, it causes them to think about their life and their actions. It may be the deciding factor where they realize that they need to make a chance. For that reason, it’s incredibly important to get addicted individuals involved in some form of rehab, even if it’s therapy, because it can provide them with the intervention they need that may eventually save their life.