For almost anyone suffering from substance use disorder or addiction, some level of addiction treatment is always important, and a detox to help with withdrawal management and medical stabilization is always vital. However, we also know that those suffering from addiction can always create excuses as to why they can’t go to treatment immediately. Talk to someone suffering from addiction and they almost always admit that they need help and want to stop using drugs and alcohol; to overcome their addiction and seek recovery; to find health and healing. However, tell them that they are suffering from a potentially fatal illness and to come to treatment immediately, and they will often backpedal, listing off a number of excuses as to why they cannot immediately get help. Often, those excuses are jus that- excuses. Reasons that are not truly important enough to stop someone from seeking lifesaving help for a drug or alcohol addiction, but rather things they are creating as barriers to immediately get help. Things like “I have a vacation coming up, so I can’t go to detox or treatment until after I return” or “I want to get help now, but I have a big project as work.” Other excuses can be things like “I need someone to watch my pet” or “I will come, but first I need to wait for my tax return.” Around the holidays, one of the biggest is “I need to get help, but I can’t do it until after the holidays because I need to spend it with my family.”
Much of the time, these are just excuses that are used to push off seeking help so that the individual can continue to drink or use drugs for a little while longer. Other times, the individual truly believes that their focus needs to be on whatever project or activity they have planned, and that treatment can wait. Most of the time, the things that people think need to be done to then seek treatment can easily be put off until after treatment or can be accomplished during treatment.
But what about the people that actually have valid reasons that they are unable to commit to treatment? Many times, when someone calls a treatment center, they are told that they need to commit to 28 days of care. That time commitment is often a barrier to people seeking help, either real or imagined. Some people just don’t want to commit to that amount of time in treatment (even though they should), so they make excuses as to why they can’t commit to getting help, or at least, can’t commit right now.
However, what about those people that have valid excuses? What about the people that have life or work responsibilities that really can’t be left undone while they go away to rehab for a month or more? What can they do?
Reasons a Month of Rehab Doesn’t Work for Everyone:
- Single parents that have little to no family support
- Individuals who are solely responsible to financially take care of their family
- Individuals who are taking care of elderly or sick family members
- Individuals with medical or heath issues that are receiving treatment or care
- Sole proprietors of businesses
- Some individuals with legal issues
While there are always exceptions, and based on different scenarios, family members and friends can often come together to support individuals while they are in treatment if they are asked to do so, often these above situations do make it difficult for some people to access care.
The benefits to a short-term, stand-alone detox like Innovo Detox are that they provide often necessary treatment options- detox, withdrawal management, and medical stabilization services, that individuals need to find recovery and either cannot or should not do alone, but also in a much short time frame that will then allow these people to get back to necessary life responsibilities.
People can detox from drugs or alcohol in a shorter week or week-and-a-half long period of time, and return to work, family, or life responsibilities quicker. Getting detoxed medically, feeling better physically, receiving professional help to set up a treatment and recovery aftercare plan such as intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment, psychiatry, therapy or counseling, or community-based recovery support can allow that individual to return to their responsibilities feeling better and with the appropriate clinical and recovery support to meet their responsibilities clean and sober.
A short-term detox allows for an individual to stop using drugs and alcohol, feel physically, mentally, and emotionally better, receive a detailed, comprehensive, and supportive aftercare plan, and return quickly to the responsibilities that must be met. Only now, after detox, they can do it with a clear mind, a full heart, full of hope and walking a path of recovery.
If you or someone you know needs help for addiction or co-occurring disorders, please give us a call. Innovo Detox offers the latest in evidence-based medical, psychiatric, and clinical care for those in need of detox and medical stabilization in Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic area. If we aren’t the best fit for you or a loved one, we will take the necessary time to work with you to find a detox offering medical stabilization, rehab, treatment center or provider that better fits your needs. Please give us a call at (717) 619-3260 or email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on our company or services, please visit our website at www.innovodetox.com.