Choosing Drug Rehabilitation for Yourself

I’ve tried to get sober almost a dozen times in the past. When you’ve tried it out as many times as I have, it can be discouraging. How many more times do I need to do it before it will work? It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t really want it bad enough.

Sobriety is not something that you achieve and that’s it. It is a practice. It requires a lot of maintenance. You get out of sobriety what you put into it. I sat around for years wondering how I could make it work without figuring out the simple answer. You have to want it as bad as you want whatever drug it is you’re addicted to.

Some people say that they went to treatment for their kids or to fix their marriage. Some people do it to save their jobs. The only people who can actually make it work do so because they are doing it for themselves.

It sounds selfish at first, but how good can you be for other people if you aren’t good enough for yourself? I live here in Arizona, and we have some of the top rehabilitation programs in the country.

I am very thankful to live in a state that has so much to offer in the way of recovery. Arizona is full of detox centers, inpatient mental health facilities, and residential treatment programs. It is one of the best places in the country to get sober. The natural wonder and beauty of the state helps a lot as well.

I grew up on the east coast and have felt seasonal depression almost every year that I was there. Being an addict makes it a lot more difficult. The only time I was ever able to stay sober for any length of time was in the warmer months when I could get outside and be physically active.

Once the winter would hit, it would send me into a downward spiral. Sitting inside all day did not help me maintain my sobriety.

It was hard to find anything else to pass the time other than succumbing to my problems with opiates. I am one of the many victims of the opioid epidemic. I saw the whole thing coming and the only thing that surprised me about it was that everybody else was surprised it happened. What do you expect will happen when doctors everywhere are handing out these drugs like candy?

Recently, I had finally come to the conclusion that I had had enough. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. The constant struggle of getting up and going through each day was more of a burden than a joy. The drugs eventually stopped doing what they were supposed to do.

Being addicted to opiates means you are constantly having to up your dose. Once your body builds up a tolerance, you need more and more to feel the same effects. Some of these pills cost upwards of forty or fifty dollars each. Imagine needing three or four of them to just feel normal and avoid withdrawal. It gets unbelievably expensive very quickly.

Why Choose Drug Rehabilitation Programs in Arizona

Why Choose Drug Rehabilitation Programs in Arizona?

I get excited at the opportunity to talk up treatment centers in Arizona. A quick internet search will show you that there are countless Arizona rehab centers. In my personal experience, it was easier to get clean through drug rehabilitation programs in Arizona.

The question is which type of treatment is best for you. A lot of people may not know this, but there are many different approaches to achieving sobriety, and there isn’t one thing that works for everybody.

Addiction is such a unique issue in that everybody’s addiction is different. A lot of us addicts come from similar backgrounds and have similar habits, but we are all individuals nonetheless.

So finding the right addiction recovery center can be difficult. It can be a lengthy process by itself. I decided on the Pathfinders Recovery Center and I couldn’t be happier with the results. They are a Scottsdale-based recovery center and offer a dual-diagnosis treatment that did wonders for me. I never realized that my mental illness was a huge factor in my addiction.

I never put any effort into figuring out my mental illness because I was ashamed. No one should feel shame for struggling with a mental illness, no matter what. You are not weak because you seek help, either. Seeking help means that you recognize something is off, and you are actively trying to do something about it. That’s definitely not weak in my book.

I grew up in a time where the stigma was much more prevalent than it is today. The good people at Pathfinders did an unbelievable job of helping me out with my mental illness while simultaneously helping me get sober.

At first, I thought it would be too much of a burden. How can I fix both at the same time when I could never fix my addiction in the first place? I found out that tackling both at the same time was very beneficial because they are so directly linked.

It was a big eye-opener for me to see how one affected the other. I would make excuses for my addiction. I would try to shelter myself from scrutiny. Anytime someone close to me brought up the issues I was having, I would try to turn it back on them. It did me no good. All it did to help was make me lose some very important people in my life.

Spending time in recovery may seem initially scary, but the process can work. The basic everyday functions are the same as they are in the real world. You wake up. Doesn’t matter if it’s noon or 5 am. You wake up. It’s the exact same in rehab. You wake up, get ready, and eat breakfast.

I say this because although rehab is a different setting in life, you are still doing the same things you would do when you get out of rehab.

It can get to you, and if you are serious about your recovery, you need to learn how to accept it. It’s difficult knowing that if you walk through the doors that you can have your loved one again. The only thing holding you back is the program you are currently sitting in.

If you can stay within the center, if you can make it through to the other side, it will be worth it. A typical day at rehab involved having massive feelings of anxiety. When I first started the program, it seemed impossible that I would never do opiates again.

After my whole life had revolved around pills, I just could not imagine a day without them. Maybe it was the beautiful setting I was in, the amazing people I met in my group that had all been down a similar path as mine, or maybe it was the staff at Pathfinders, but after a while those feelings started to happen less and less.

Travelling for Drug Rehabilitation Programs in Arizona

Travelling for Drug Rehabilitation Programs in Arizona

I really want to stress that there are many factors involved in getting sober. As I mentioned before, everyone’s situation is unique. Everyone is at a different point in their addiction. Everyone is at a different emotional level. Where and when you go is a huge factor.

If you are traveling for drug rehabilitation programs in Arizona, it can be difficult to be away from your support system. Just know that you will build another support system that will give you all the tools you need to succeed.

You have to learn to live in the present. Even for those of us that are not addicts that is a hard skill to master. Sucking the past and future out of our psyche means we have to sit wherever we are and be.

When I was in Pathfinders, I was able to enjoy the beauty around me while participating in a program with people who gave me support and hope that I was strong enough to do what I needed to do in recovery from addiction. There’s nothing quite like surrounding yourself with the beauty of the natural world while working on healing yourself. It has a profound effect.

Pathfinders are very flexible with their treatment options, and are lauded as one of the best rehabs centers in Arizona. They both offer alcohol and drug treatment, as well as detox treatment.

No matter what your substance abuse looks like, the people at Pathfinders are trained to deal with all types of addiction, which makes them very unique. I met people with all sorts of different levels of addiction, and everyone was treated with the same amount of care and hospitality.

It’s very difficult to find a recovery center that gives you that much personal attention. There are plenty more options, so do yourself a favor and do a little personal research. Wherever you choose to go, make sure you give it your all.

Like anything in life, you get out what you put in. If you put in a good effort at something, you are most likely going to see some sort of result. It’s the same with recovery. If you make sobriety your number one priority, you can make it happen. If you want it bad enough, I’m here to tell you that you can get it.


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