There are many people who assume that addicts need people to intervene in order to be able to get clean from their addiction. This is not the case though. There are some addicts who know that they have an issue and want to do something about it. If you’re struggling from a drug addiction, take charge of your own life, and do something about it. The following guide walks you through the steps you can take to become clean and sober for good.
Hold Your Own Drug Intervention
The first thing you need to do is admit that you have a problem. Many people feel ashamed of their addiction and try to hide it from the world. Hiding it can make you feel depressed and make it even more difficult to get the help that you need. Letting the people closest to you know that you recognize an issue and want to do something about it can be freeing. It could also spark them to provide help throughout your journey.
You need to be open and honest about what you’re going through. Let people know that alcohol and drugs need to be kept away from you to prevent temptation from taking over. If those things aren’t around, you’ll be less likely to do them. Take the time to consider what help you need during the recovery process. Ask friends and family to help with your kids or pets as needed to ensure that focus can be given to overcoming the addiction. Most people will be more than willing to provide help in any way possible to ensure that your addiction recovery is successful.
Talk to a Rehab Facility
Battling an addiction to drugs is difficult to do on your own. There are many different physical and psychological issues that can arise and having professional help makes the situation easier. You want to discuss the options that are available to you because inpatient treatment is best for some situations while outpatient treatment is ideal for others.
When you’re discussing the treatment, determine what the cost will be and how soon the treatment can begin. Contact your insurance company to see if they cover recovery treatment. Many insurance companies have options in place when it comes to rehabilitation payments. While they may not cover all the costs, covering any of it’ll be a huge help in the long run.
If you can’t pay for the treatment out of your own pocket, don’t get discouraged. You can hold a fundraiser to raise money or even apply for a grant to get the treatment. Many facilities have grants available for those who can’t afford the treatment. But there is often a limited number of openings available so it’s best to act as quickly as possible to better the chances of being accepted into the facility on a grant.
Talk to Your Doctor
You need to go to see a doctor right away when you decide that you want to overcome your drug addiction. Letting him or her know about the situation can help them to run necessary tests to make sure that you’re going to be able to detox safely when the time comes. There are many people who need specific medications during the detox period to minimize the symptoms. The doctor can make sure that the medications will not interact with any medications that you’re currently taking. Documenting that you’ve been battling the addiction with the doctor also ensures that it goes into your medical file. This can decrease the chances of a doctor prescribing you highly addictive medications in the future to decrease the chances of you having a relapse.
Talk to Your Boss
As soon as you find out that you’re going to need inpatient recovery treatment you need to let your boss know right away. This allows him or her to plan to ensure that your position can be filled while you’re gone so that work doesn’t pile up. You’re protected to seek the treatment that you need without having to fear that you’re going to lose your job. It’s against the law for an employer to fire an employee for getting help for a drug addiction. It’s a requirement to inform your employer about the treatment that you need in order to be protected by the law though.
Talk to Your Creditors
When you go through drug treatment, it’ll be more difficult to pay bills because you won’t have direct contact with the outside world and may have limited funds coming in. Contact your creditors and explain to them what your current situation is. There are many creditors who will work with you during this time because someone who’s drug free has a better chance of paying their bills than someone who’s constantly spending money on their addiction. There are some companies who will push your payment back for a month or decrease the amount that needs to be paid.
Recovery from a drug addiction is never easy. Going through rehab is only a portion of the battle against addiction though. Being able to stay clean and sober for the rest of your life requires hard work and dedication. You need to avoid situations where you may be triggered or tempted to use drugs or drink again. You need to surround yourself with uplifting people who support you through your recovery from addiction and don’t bring drugs or alcohol around you. There are support groups in every area where you can go to meet other former addicts for support. Being able to talk about the way you’re feeling with people who’ve been through the same thing can be relaxing and help you to know you aren’t alone.