If you have been struggling with a substance abuse disorder of any type or severity, making the decision to enter into an addiction treatment program is undeniably the most brave and difficult thing you will ever do. Committing to treatment is a huge deal for several reasons. First of all, addiction is a disease of denial. Even if you have been suffering major consequences as a direct result of your addiction, your brain will tell you, “You’re just going through a phase, everything is fine,” or, “You can quit whenever you want to, you just don’t want to yet.” Breaking through this cloud of denial into a place of acceptance and willingness is certainly no small feat.
Additionally, fear of the unknown prevents many people from seeking the professional help they so clearly need. Many people stay stuck in the familiarity of their substance abuse disorder rather than courageously seek change and experience the unknown in sobriety. In fact, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), only a small percentage of individuals who need treatment actually seek it. According to NIDA’s numbers, there were 23.5 million Americans over the age of 12 who needed treatment in 2009. This equates to 9.3 percent of the total U.S. population. Of these people, only 2.6 million sought any degree of treatment.
Once you have made the decision to seek treatment, the hardest work has already been done. The next step is determining which level of clinical care is right for you and which type of treatment facility is going to best meet your personal needs. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we have formulated 5 important questions to ask yourself if you have made the decision to go to treatment.