Myths About Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

8 Myths About Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

Reality shows on addiction, conversation with other users and Hollywood movies can stir up a lot of myths about rehab. When it comes time to start your own treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, you may already have fears, questions and misleading facts even before packing your bags.

Misconceptions about rehab treatment can further the process as a whole and by believing them without knowing the actual reality can set you up for disappointment and further complicate the issue. A lot of what people assume or think they know about addiction treatment is just a fraction of the truth. However, it is important that before you, or a loved one, begins an addiction program in Thailand, you have a realistic idea of what to expect.

To help you understand about the process of rehab and recovery, we have included the most popular rehab myths in hoping you will dispel them for the truth of the situation.

Myth 1: Rehab is Too Expensive

Addiction treatment programs do cost money and some run into five or six figures. It’s understandable for you to be deterred by the cost; however, there are affordable rehab programs. Moreover, some will take insurance, offer financing or provide scholarships. Before you assume you cannot go to rehab because of the money involved, do some research and contact the facility you are interested in to find out about their options.

Myth 2: A 28 Day Rehab Program Will Cure Addiction

A 28 day drug and alcohol rehab program cannot “cure” someone from his or her addiction. The program is there to act as a vessel as you attempt to resolve problems in life, overcome the withdrawal and learn how to cope with triggers and cravings. That is not to say that you can’t become sober and maintain a healthy recovery. But doing this will take time and effort on your part.

Myth 3: If You Relapsed Before, You Should Not Go to Rehab

If you’ve been to rehab before, or some other type of treatment program, and relapsed, you can go to rehab again. For some people, the method of treatment was not suitable to their own needs and requires a different approach. Others sought treatment at the advice/request of someone else and not for their self. Then of course, some people will relapse and that’s okay as long as you admit this and address the problem. If you’ve relapsed, you can return to rehab and give another try at sobriety.

Myth 4: You Have to Hit Rock Bottom First

Many addicts choose to get treatment after their life has been caught up in tangles, but things don’t have to get to that point before going to rehab. Myths like these could not be further from the truth. In general, the sooner you get help, the better it will be for you and your loved ones.

Myth 5: You Will Have to Endure Terrible Withdrawal Symptoms

If you’ve ever gone for a period of time without drinking or using, you may already know about the withdrawal effects which can creep up very quickly. In fact, these symptoms can be a big deterrent when it comes to a person getting help. Luckily, going to rehab can actually be one of the most effective ways to get through the withdrawal in a comfortable manner. Your treatment could include a detox where physicians may prescribe certain medications to ease the effects and curb cravings. Alternative or holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation and massage could also be included in the treatment program. These can alleviate stress or anxiety while inducing a sense of relaxation and tranquility.

Myth 6: Only Rehabs in Western Countries are Good

Just like myths which claim only hospitals in countries like Australia, the UK or USA are good, there are similar ones for rehabs. Actually, going to rehab in Thailand or other “less developed” countries can be far more beneficial than their counterparts. The facilities go above and beyond to ensure they instill the most up to date treatment methods for addiction. Staff is often trained at top Universities and schools and the premises may be more akin to a 5 star boutique hotel. All this comfort, support and guidance will come at a fraction of the cost simply because it is in a location which is cheaper than the west.

Myth 7: You Could Lose Your Job if You Go to Rehab

Different countries will have their own laws and legislations; however, the USA, UK and many European countries have stipulations in place that legally prevent you from losing your job during addiction treatment. The reason being is because addiction is considered to be a disability and there are strict laws against discriminating against this.

Myth 8: All Rehabs are the same and the Type of Treatment Does Not Matter

There are all sorts of rehab programs; from small groups in a private setting, to large hospital like environments and everything in between. You’ll find rehabs with standardize programs that are the same for everyone and programs which are adjusted to your own needs. Choosing a rehab absolutely matters. In general a one size fits all approach to treatment does not usually work - or at least for very long. Before checking into any Thailand rehab, you will want to make sure the program can be adjusted when necessary. Talk to staff, read the blog and make sure you understand the program in its entirety. Rehab can change your life so you’ll want to know what you’re getting into and where you are going.

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