There are multiple reasons why people with addiction issues don’t consider entering rehab. While some of those reasons are personal others are rooted in myth. It is our hope that by dispelling the myths we will encourage those with chemical dependencies to seek help.
Entering Rehab Will Cost Your Job
According to the United States Department of Labor if someone uses the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to enter a rehab program their employment cannot be terminated. There are however exceptions. Visit the Department of Labor website for a complete understanding of how the FMLA applies to rehab.
An employer may offer Employee Assistance Programs or EAPs. Addiction to drug treatment may be covered under a company’s EAP. Those seeking treatment for addiction should talk to their employers’ human resources department to learn what options are available.
I Will Have To Pay Out of Pocket for Rehab
The Mayo Clinic reports that their drug treatment centers “works with hundreds of insurance companies”. For those who purchased health insurance under the Affordable Care Act rehab is covered because “substance abuse services are essential health benefits.” To be certain that your health insurance covers addiction treatment and the conditions of such coverage read your policy or contact your insurance company.
Lack of insurance should not be a deterrent to seeking addiction treatment. Look for a treatment facility that offers a payment plan or charges based on your income. Other options include traditional bank loans, medical loans or medical credit cards, and crowdfunding.
Rehab Is Only For Those Who Have Hit Rock Bottom
The concept of rock bottom is a myth. As long as you keep using drugs your life will remain in a downward spiral. You can and should seek treatment for addiction at any time. Ideally, people will enter rehab soon after recognizing they have the symptoms of addiction.
One indicator of addiction is a preoccupation with drugs. Another sign is the inability to socialize or have fun unless drugs are involved.
- Your drug use is adversely affecting your relationships.
- You rely on illicit drugs to cope with life’s stresses and setbacks.
- You’ve resorted to theft to pay for your habit.
- If drug use interferes with your job or schooling
If you have ever overdosed, been arrested for drug-related charges, or are frightened by the idea of being without your drug of choice it is time to look into a drug treatment center.
Rehab Is A Cure
You don’t cure addiction you learn to control it. Rehab is the first step in learning how to control your addiction. After you complete rehab private counseling, time in a half-way house, or joining a support group may be part of your aftercare/relapse prevention plan. Remember, addiction is a chronic disease, but managing your addiction will result in a better life.
During the recovery process, relapses are likely. A relapse is not a failure on the part of the recovery program or the addict. One cause of relapse is a deviation from the prescribed aftercare/relapse prevention plan.
So now you have the facts about rehab. If you need to enter a drug treatment center please start looking for one now.