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Overcoming the common fears about rehab

Overcoming common fears about rehab

Making the decision to own up to your addiction and seek medical treatment will be one of the hardest decisions you will make. 

But it will also be one of the best decisions you will make.

Attending rehab treatment is the first step towards a happy, healthy and sober life.

73.4% of those who enter rehab remain sober after treatment.

A lot of people are apprehensive or worried about what to expect when they enter rehab. You may be concerned about coming face to face with your addiction, being separated from your family or how successful your treatment will be.

It is completely natural to be fearful, and we understand how daunting the whole process can be.

Talk to a therapist today for confidential and impartial advice and support. 

The Executive Rehab Guide is dedicated to guiding you towards the best treatment options. We are here every step of the way.

Beating the fear and accepting your addiction

You may feel embarrassed about your substance abuse or scared to admit it to those you love most.

You might have concerns about the reactions of others; what they will say and how they will act.

However, in most cases, your family may already know about your addiction. They are probably just as scared and fearful as you are.

By approaching them and speaking to them openly, you are making a proactive choice to seek help and support.

This will mean you will not be alone at any point during your recovery.

 Detox and withdrawal: the truth

One of the most common fears about entering rehab is the process and feeling of withdrawal.

Especially if it will be your first detox and you don’t know what to expect.

The experience of detox and withdrawal will be different for each individual, but you don’t go through it alone.

Withdrawal will be unpleasant, but doctors and 24/7 nursing teams will monitor you, and make detox as comfortable as possible.

Rehab is unavoidable and detox will be the first step on your road to recovery.

Detoxing will allow you to begin to regain control of your life and return you to a healthy and sober state.

Understanding the risk of relapse post-rehab

The constant fear of failure or relapse can be a significant obstacle on your road to sobriety.

You will leave rehab with the ability to cope with the pressures of society, triggers and cravings.

Give yourself the best chance at recovery and have faith in the programme laid out by medical professionals.

Trust the opinions and expertise of therapists, they will understand your addiction better than anyone.

Treatment will be the push you need to get clean and begin instilling healthy and happy habits.

If you do relapse, don’t treat this as a failure, but take it upon yourself to try again.

common fears about addiction

Rehab is scientifically proven to be successful.

61% of all patients who attended Castle Craig Hospital were reported to have remained completely abstinent from all drugs or alcohol at their 7-week check-up post rehab.

Becoming sober

Does the thought of being sober scare you? Do you drink or use to forget your problems and hide from the realities of life?

Seeking treatment will allow you to find happiness in life again, and to enjoy it without feeling overwhelmed.

One of the biggest steps towards sobriety is wanting to become sober.

We understand that you may drink or use drugs to deal with co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety or stress. But spending 28 days in a rehab facility, speaking to peers and therapists will allow you to embrace your recovery and become yourself again.

Our medical professionals offer a wide range of treatments which are tailored to your needs so that you can address your fears, and overcome them.

What life will look like after rehab

As well as the unfair stigmas surrounding addiction, the fear of what life after rehab will be like may be concerning you.

Coming out of rehab can be just as frightening as entering – after rehab, you will need to reintegrate into society, forge new healthy friendships and habits, and avoid triggers and cravings.

You might be scared about what people will think of you, and how they will treat you.

The truth is, there is nothing to worry about. Your family and sober friends will support you before, during and after rehab.

Cutting out old friends who encouraged your toxic habits may be difficult at first, but will only lead to healthier relationships and an easier path to long-term sobriety.

Leaving the past behind

You may have done things in the past due to your addiction that you are ashamed of.

Your social life, financial situation, and relationships with loved ones and friends may have broken down. When you enter rehab, you will have to face up to your addiction and

your past too.

Facing your past self and situations can be emotionally traumatic, but our therapists are here to help you through it, every step of the way. See our therapy options here.

Embracing your new self

Your addiction will have defined you for as long as you have been using.

In rehab, you will not only get clean, but you will instil new healthy habits. Such a big change can make you feel worried about losing your sense of identity.

Not knowing who you are without your addiction is only temporary, and you will soon become used to your new life and routine.

Support groups and your family are there to help you, so focus on creating new memories with them.

You are not alone

If you, a loved one, or work colleague is struggling with addiction, then please don’t suffer on your own.

Our support team are on call 24 hours a day to give you the advice and support you need.

Call us on 0808 1150 446.