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4 Ways Going with the Flow in Rehab Is the Right Decision

4 Ways Going with the Flow in Rehab Is the Right Decision

Engaging in treatment can mean the difference between long-term sobriety and a devastating relapse

Opium addiction can drastically change an individual’s life and the lives of those around him. Addiction often leads to criminal issues, health decline and relationship struggles that leave addicts feeling so isolated that their only choice seems to be digging further into addiction simply to cope. This cycle can lead the addict down roads he never once considered, and even possibly an overdose.

Treatment is a scary word for most addicts due to fear of the unknown, such as withdrawal pains, what will be uncovered during counseling sessions and how they may react to specific programs or opportunities in treatment. However, if an addict has considered treatment, then chances are that she has researched numerous treatment approaches and has a vague idea of what to expect. If not, she may be afraid to leave behind the only world she knows, but know that, with help, you can get and stay clean from drug abuse.

Why Treatment Is the Right Decision for Any Addict

It may overwhelm an addict to consider overhauling his life, or even to adjust a small habit in his lifestyle; in that light, living in a new place with people who tell you to quit drugs may seem downright impossible. For addicts to commit fully to treatment, they have to understand that, despite their fears, cravings and hardships, the new lifestyles they create in rehab will have no room for drug abuse. That thought can be enough for an addict to resent treatment, which means he will disengage emotionally from treatment and refuse to cooperate. Although each addict has a different reason behind his drug use, they will all benefit from treatment in almost identical ways. In short, addicts who go with the flow in rehab may see improvement in the following areas:

  • Health
  • Tools and knowledge
  • Coping skills
  • Prevention

Withdrawal pains are often the most feared aspect of treatment for addicts. Some addicts may experience mild symptoms while others may incur life-threatening problems, but addicts who attempt to withdraw on their own often resort to using drugs again simply to alleviate the pain they feel. However, addicts who go though detox in rehab, especially addicts who are detoxing from opium, can receive medication (such as Suboxone) to lessen or even alleviate all of their withdrawal pains. Also, if recovering addicts take advantage of the available resources, then they can attend exercise classes, learn how to cook nutritious meals and receive additional medical attention for other health-related complications. Not only is one’s physical health affected by addiction, but also his mental health. In fact, the addiction could have either worsened a pre-existing mental health condition or created one, so counseling and medication management can treat both the addiction and mental health condition at the same time[1].

If an addict did not go willingly into treatment (such as being court ordered or having an intervention), then she may resent any treatment approach thrown at her. She may think that her addiction could have been stopped at any point if she truly wanted to get clean. However, by having this view point, she may refuse to take in any knowledge or to learn new skills to avoid temptation; in response, she is setting herself up for failure. In other words, simply attending treatment sessions will not produce recovery, as addicts often need to engage with other addicts and share their stories to understand that they are not alone in the struggle of addiction recovery. Only in a community of victory can recovering addicts see hope for a brighter future. By being engaged in treatment, addicts can receive feedback from other addicts on what strategies worked for them.

Prior to treatment, addicts probably sought out opium any time they experienced a problem; for them, drugs were the way they alleviated whatever made them uncomfortable in the first place. However, while in treatment, addicts learn healthy coping skills to get through problems without resorting to drugs. Unfortunately, addicts can undermine their recoveries if they pay no mind to these skills and if they engage treatment flippantly. Furthermore, addicts may find themselves struggling with relapse shortly after treatment ends if they do not pay attention during rehab.

Treatment is about teaching addicts how to lead comfortable lives without drugs. To do so, addicts must learn what personal issues trigger their drug cravings and how they can prevent relapse. Many addicts will be referred to aftercare treatment, which typically means outpatient care that allows addicts to live independent lifestyles while still receiving support[2]. The more help you have in recovery, the longer you can avoid drugs.

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If you or someone you love struggles with an opium addiction and wonders if he should seek treatment, then please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and to pinpoint the best treatment options for your unique needs. Reclaim control of your life and call us today!


[1], Opium and Heroin,, 12/4/15.

[2], Types of Treatment Programs, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 12/5/15, 12/2012.