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How do I know if I should go to rehab, or just tough it out myself?

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Last Updated: 12/18/2017 at 4:14pm
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November 23rd, 2014 7:34am
If you think you are really out of control and want someone to help you out, then you should try rehab.
October 27th, 2014 7:54pm
Addiction is never something that one should try to "tough out" on their own. Part of the disease of addiction is the associated isolation that comes with it. Going to an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program or even attending self-help groups would be much more helpful, and you would receive some excellent support through your recovery process!
November 20th, 2014 8:17am
If you think its needed then you should og simple as that its Your life and you know better....................................
November 30th, 2014 11:09am
It's always good to get expert advise and extra support can only help when your dealing with change and addiction !
December 4th, 2014 12:04am
I do not think there is a blanket answer to that question. If you are truly a drug addict or alcoholic, going it alone is probably a bad idea. But that doesn't necessarily mean rehab. Getting involved in a peer-support organization like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous helps many people. Personally, I went to a short-term rehab followed by a couple of weeks of an outpatient program. It has been AA, though, that has helped me the most.
December 28th, 2014 7:53pm
first, talk to a professional, be honest, open communication is key! Talk to your trusted family memebers and friends, try to see it from their perspective and be open to what they have to say. If you feel you are struggling and cann ot handle it, please seek help. The Keys, be honest with yourself and others, know you are not weak in seeking or asking for help and know your support will not wonder away when you need them and Lastly, be willing to listen. Good luck on your journey, we support you as you progress. it casn only get better with help!
January 7th, 2015 7:32am
Addiction isn't an issue of willpower or toughness; it's a disease that requires treatment just like any other. Rehab can be a really helpful tool in recovery from addiction; to find out if it's right for you, you might want to consider calling a local addictions hotline, talking to your doctor or counselor, or even calling a rehab directly and speaking with their intake coordinator. You don't have to go through this alone.
April 3rd, 2015 9:11am
If you feel as though you have a safe, secure support system then by all means if you feel comfortable then try it out but if you are going to be going through withdrawl or you don't have a support system the best thing would be to try rehab.
June 4th, 2015 5:47pm
If you feel you have no control over things and you've gone through the same pattern over and over and no matter how much knowledge you gain about this issue you still fall into the same pattern, then it's time to get professional help.
October 31st, 2014 1:47pm
I like to think if there's a thought of "should I go to rehab," maybe you should. I'm not an expert on you and only you what is best for you. But if you're thinking of detoxing yourself just know that is a bad idea and you should seek the care of professionals.
July 6th, 2015 8:42am
Always get help!!!! no matter how strong you are everyone always needs someone. you are not alone!!
December 1st, 2015 7:48pm
If you're at that point where you feel like you can't control it no more, and you know you need that extra push, it would be good to speak to someone to see whether rehab is for you.
December 7th, 2015 7:37am
When you are constantly telling yourself, "I can fix this on my own" but you never seem to fix it and it keeps happening, that is when it is time to seek out help, trust me on that. Once I seeked help, I was A Okay!
March 15th, 2016 4:20am
Try withdrawing for a reasonable amount of time (a day, or a couple of days), and see how it goes. If you can't trust yourself to tough it out on your own and you see that you relapse or give in to temptations easily, consider rehab.
June 20th, 2016 3:06am
For me, rehab was really important. It led me to 12 step groups, but that early early recovery was so important to me. It does depend on each person and their situation, but for me I was relapsing and having a month in rehab was really good. Now I've been sober for 12 years.
July 5th, 2016 9:05pm
First of all there is no shame in asking for help. If you feel that you are not coping with the current situation in your life then it is okay to reach out. You are not alone.
May 8th, 2017 6:21am
Honestly, there is no shame to say that there is too much for you to handle as a person. We seem to always be expected to be superhumans and to "be strong" and "tough it out" but I think when you are finally honest with yourself and say, "I can't handle all this, I need help" is really when you're healing can begin. Whether it be rehab or counseling, getting help shouldn't be thought of as a "last resort" but rather something you're doing for yourself to get to a better place.
December 18th, 2017 4:14pm
Getting help from others is usually a great way to get through something like addiction, it doesn't have to come in the form of rehab. AA, therapy or simply having a support network of freinds and family are also good ways to work through your problems.