If you have underlying mental health issues that make it impossible for you to make a sound decision about addiction treatment, you can be involuntarily admitted to a treatment facility. In most other cases, addiction treatment begins because you make a choice to seek it. It’s true that many people enter rehab at the insistence of friends, family, employers or churches, and they aren’t always 100 percent on board with the concept immediately. While professional addiction treatment counselors are trained to work with individuals of all types, successful rehab is usually easier when you are fully engaged and working within the process.
Are you ready for drug or alcohol rehab or treatment?
That being said, you don’t have to be able to check off certain traits to be “ready” for addiction treatment. If drugs or alcohol are interfering with your life or putting yourself or loved ones at risk, then it’s time to seek treatment. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you lying, stealing or cheating in order to hide or fund your use of drugs or alcohol?
- Are you engaging in illegal activity because of your use of drugs or alcohol?
- Are you skipping work, social engagements or church to hide your intoxication from others?
- Are you showing up at church, work or family events high or drunk?
- Is alcohol or drug use getting in the way of other things you would like to do with your life?
- Are you unable to say no to drugs or alcohol?
- Do you drink at all times of the day or when you’re alone?
- Do you have physical symptoms when you haven’t used drugs or alcohol in a while?
- Do you require more and more drugs or alcohol to relieve physical symptoms or get drunk or high?
If you can answer yes to any one of these questions, then professional addiction treatment is likely the right choice for you.
Why is now the right time for addiction treatment?
Now is the right time because when it comes to addiction, things usually only get worse. Without experienced intervention, the situation gets continually worse without getting better. Even if you believe you have your addiction in hand or that you can stop using drugs or alcohol anytime, if you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, then your life isn’t as controlled as you might believe.
As Christians, we often recognize the truth of the phrases “There go I but for the grace of God,” but even Christians who believe in and love Christ can find themselves facing serious consequences because of drugs or alcohol. Failing to make a decision now to seek help could result in:
- Further use of substances that continue to degrade your physical and mental health
- Ongoing and even permanent damage to organs or systems within the body
- Legal troubles if you are caught with illicit drugs or driving under the influence
- Loss of your job, which can happen if you are caught using drugs even if you are showing up every day and performing as required
- Loss of relationships with friends or family members due to your behavior, especially if you are trying to hide your substance abuse from others
Reasons Christians might say no to treatment and why they shouldn’t
Many Christians avoid seeking treatment for drug or alcohol use until things get out of hand and some of the above consequences occur. They might believe that they have the situation under control or that because they are Christian, they have the strength to get through the issue alone. In truth, the Bible tells us that alone, we have no strength. Our strength comes from God. Sometimes, the strength God provides comes in the guise of others who can help us.
Another common reason Christians don’t seek treatment for addiction is because they are too embarrassed about the circumstances and are worried that someone in their family, church or community might find out about it. While recovery professionals are bound by both ethical and legal codes to protect patient confidentiality, if you are involved in the community or church, it can be difficult to enter a rehab program without at least explaining your absence to a few key people.
You should never let your worry about what church members or others will say keep you from recovery. Christians are taught not to judge and to love each other, so you might be surprised by the support you receive when you let others know you are struggling.
Even if you don’t receive support — and being judged and outcast because you sought rehab is a sign that you might not be in the right church community to begin with — it’s still critical to turn to professional addiction treatment if you are struggling with addiction. Call Road to Freedom today to speak to a caring counselor for more information about how you can get the support and help you need from licensed providers. Call us Today (844)402-3605.