By Sandy Baker
Making a Decision
Is it time to enter residential drug treatment? Making the decision to enter into treatment is one of the most challenging you’ll make in your lifetime. It requires stepping away from family and friends to focus on yourself and your future. It also means looking inward to understand why addiction has taken hold and how you can work through it.
Life is busy. You may have children, a job, school, or numerous other things to do each day. You may not feel like you can just step away. Yet there are many reasons to do so today. At our drug and alcohol treatment program in Lubbock, Texas, we are here to talk to you about your concerns. What are the benefits of drug and alcohol treatment?
#1: The Stress of 2020 Makes it Even Harder to Stop Using on Your Own
2020 has been a very stressful year for most people. That stress pushes you further into drug and alcohol use. It makes it difficult for you to stop using. The more you use, the more dependence builds. That leads to the inability to stop using on your own even if you want to. By getting help now, you can finish the year on the right foot.
#2: You’ll Learn to Manage Your Mental Health
Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other mental health disorders worsen with drug use. It can seem impossible to know what’s worse: the anxiety you wake up with each day or the incredible cravings to use again. In inpatient treatment, your therapists work with you on managing both mental health and addiction. You’ll feel empowered to approach difficult times in healthy ways.
#3: Social Distancing May Make It Easier
Some people are unable to go to work right now. They may be unable to go to school or see friends and family. If you are isolated now, why not take a step into treatment? When you do, you’ll find there are people to talk to each day. You’ll build new relationships. You may even find yourself feeling less alone than you did before. Most importantly, you’ll use this time to get the help you need.
#4: You’ll Have 24-Hour Support
One of the fears many people have about getting treatment for drug addiction is withdrawal. It can be painful and heart-wrenching, though there are medications available to make it a bit easier to manage. While you are here, you do not have to worry about being alone to face cravings on your own. You’ll have medical and therapeutic support.
#5: You’ll Find the Right Therapy for You
During treatment, you will work one-on-one with your counselor. These sessions can help you learn how to better manage negative thoughts. They can also help you deal with past trauma, triggers, and stress. You’ll learn how to identify areas you struggle with daily and to build confidence in learning how to manage them.
At the same time, you’ll experience group therapy sessions and a variety of holistic treatment options to improve your mind, body, and spirit. Some people find it helps to talk about their life with peers who are going through what they are. Often, these become relationships you can maintain for years to come if you want to. As you experience our holistic treatments, you may discover an activity you enjoy and that you can continue doing after treatment.
#6: You’ll Be Engaged in Activity Most of the Day
The Ranch at Dove Tree is not a hospital-like setting. There are places to sit down and talk to new friends. There are activities to participate in and responsibilities to maintain. At the same time, you’ll be busy with various treatments throughout the day. You’ll be able to embrace activities that you enjoy while also working on the hard stuff.
Because so much is available to you right here, you can work on all of your needs at one time. The access to exceptional care can make all of the difference.
#7: Now Is Your Time
There are many other benefits of residential treatment. The most important one is getting the help you need to save your life. If you continue to use drugs or alcohol, health complications will arise. You will likely damage or lose relationships with family and friends. As soon as you stop using, all of these risks start to fade.
For men and women dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, residential treatment is the best way to heal. This fall may be the perfect time to simply step away from the pain of life and enter a place of healing and recovery. Our team is here when you are ready.