3 Arguments in Favor of Rehab

It is common to face some resistance whether you want a loved one to go receive treatment or even if you are just debating going to rehab yourself. Whatever the details are of your situation, there will always be reasons that you may want to use for not going to rehab. The folowing are three arguments you may have—with others or even with yourself—about getting treatment:

The Timing Is Not Right to Go to Rehab

There are many different reasons for why you might think or hear this. In many cases, you could state that your family needs you, so you cannot go away to inpatient treatment. Leaving for a month or two just is too much for your spouse or your kids. It is simply too much pressure and is also an issue with childcare. How will you handle these issues? In many cases, you will not be able to have answers to these questions on your own. You will have to communicate with other family members. This is often one of the first stages of forming a support network, so don’t make assumptions before having several conversations with different family members. Even if you are a single parent, some rehab facilities have options for childcare. Even if the rehab facility does not have childcare, there may be local resources that can assist with childcare. It is possible that another family member or even a close friend can watch your kids while you are in treatment. While it can be a very difficult decision, think about the long-term health of your children. You will be a much better parent when you are sober.

A month or two may seem very long at the time, but in the grand scheme of things, this is a very short time. Your physical and emotional health will be much better. Some of the side effects[1] of alcohol abuse include liver damage, cardiovascular disease, difficulty in thinking clearly, cancer and even a weakened immune system. Every single one of these side effects greatly affects your children, family and friends. If you want to be a good parent, friend or family member, it is essential to get the treatment you need.

Keep in mind that not all rehab means going away for an extended period of time. There are also various outpatient treatment programs available. These options give flexibility and freedom to patients. This specific form meets several times a week for a couple hours at a time with a very structured format. The downfall to this treatment approach is that it is not as intensive and participants are not supervised by medical professionals.

Another area that often concerns those who want to go to treatment is employment. You may wonder if you can be fired for going to rehab or get in some kind of trouble for missing work. As long as you are not doing illegal drugs, your employment is protected by federal law. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)[2] prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment. Addiction is a chronic disease which is covered under this law. There are also other laws that protect you in your recovery with your employer. In many cases you can get some time off with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)[3]. This law gives you up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave off for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job. Talk to your human resources department for more information, and you will see that your employer wants you to get proper treatment. You do not even have to say what specifically you want treatment for; you can keep that confidential.

Treatment Costs Too Much

Any time you go to a hospital or to see a doctor, in many cases it is very expensive. With treatment, however, your insurance may cover rehab. Call your insurance, and get the information you need. If for some reason your insurance does not cover treatment, you can always shop around to find the best fit for your budget. Whatever the cost is, your long-term health is more important than the cost of receiving professional care to get well.

Rehab Is Not Really Needed

You may say that you are not really addicted and believe that you can stop drinking at any time. One thing you can do is simply stop drinking and see how long you can go on your own without drinking. If you face a struggle in staying sober, you know there is a problem. You have to decide yourself that you are addicted—that you drink too much—before you can get help. No one else can make this decision for you.

If you are not sure about your drinking habits or if you just have questions about treatment, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to talk with one of our counselors. The admissions coordinator will be glad to talk with you about the healing process. There are many treatment options available to help you pursue a healthy, sober life.


[1] http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body, Alcohol’s Effects on the Body

[2] http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/disability/ada.htm, Americans With Disabilities Act

[3] http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/, Family and Medical Leave Act

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