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5 Reasons to Start Addiction Treatment Now

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By January 17, 2019
Monmouth county addiction treatment

Why do I have to start now? I think all of us have asked that question numerous times in our lives–so many times that it’s hard to keep track. There is something that is so human about loving procrastination.

However, sometimes things are so important that there is no time to wait. One of those situations is in dealing with addiction. Addiction treatment is one of the most put off things in the world, and yet seeking Monmouth County addiction treatment is one of the most urgent things in the world.

Five reasons to start addiction treatment now are as follows:

  • You can’t wait until you hit rock bottom–there is no rock bottom
  • Addiction changes your brain
  • Addiction leaves lasting effects on your body
  • Addiction ruins relationships
  • Addiction can cost you your life

These are five extremely important reasons to seek Monmouth County addiction treatment. Just remember that we at Discovery New Jersey are always here for you. We always want to help, and our facilities are ready for you to begin your journey to recovery anytime.

There Is No Rock Bottom

One of the biggest myths regarding addiction and rehab is that you need to “hit rock bottom” before you enter into a rehab facility. But there is one simple issue: rock bottom does not exist. If rock bottom did exist, would anyone even want to hit it?

The fact is that saying you need to hit rock bottom before seeking Monmouth County addiction treatment is just another way to procrastinate your sobriety. Addiction changes your brain, so it is hard to see when your brain is tricking you into prolonging an addiction.

Rock bottom may mean something different for everyone. For some, it is when their loved one leaves them. For some, it is when they run out of money. For some, it can go as far as overdosing.

First of all, these should not be something you want to hit. Second, since there is no universal measure of rock bottom, there is no way to tell once you have hit it. Thus, addicts are able to continue to trick themselves into saying, “It isn’t bad enough yet for me to get help.” The fact is, you can always seek help, and now is the best time to start your journey toward sobriety.

Addiction Changes Your Brain

Addiction literally changes the structures of your brain. You are hard-wired from evolution to seek things that are good. Our brains reward us for things that are pleasurable. This used to be a survival technique, and in many ways, it still is. This mechanism, afterall, is what keeps up motivated to eat, sleep, and procreate the earth.

Not so with addiction, since these are substances that trick your brain into feeling good. Slowly, overtime, your brain’s memory, motivation, and reward centers are changed. Thus, addicts are unable to control whether they do the right or wrong things. They are fighting their own brain’s processes. Developing this dependence takes time, and only gets worse over time.

The sooner you seek Monmouth County addiction treatment, the sooner you break the cycle, and the sooner you can get clean. This is why you should feel a sense of urgency in seeking rehab. Addiction treatment is always there, but you cannot guarantee the effects of addiction will not severely impact your brain, dependency, and body.

Addiction Leaves Lasting Effects on the Body

While your body truly is amazing and always healing itself, there are some things that it cannot recover from. In terms of alcohol, there is a large association between alcohol addiction and memory loss.

In Oliver Sack’s work The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a certain patient who suffered years of alcohol addiction could no longer form new memories. This individual was unable to focus on things for too long, and thought he was 21 when he was actually well into his later years. The neuroscientist in this book even wondered if such a person could have a soul, and was not just a shell.

On a more practical level, alcohol can affect sleep cycles, destroy our liver, and even lead to cancer. Heroin needles are in danger of spreading deadly diseases. All in all, addiction doesn’t just affect your life when you are addicted, but it can forever impair your body.

Addiction Ruins Relationships

Did you know that addiction is the number 3 cause of divorce for women, and number 8 for men? Much of addiction occurs within the confines of a serious relationship, and much in the confines of a family.

Sometimes it is the child who struggles with the addiction. This can put a strain on the parents, their relationship, and everyone around them. That is why many are now referring to addiction as not only a disease, but a family disease. This is because addiction is so devastating that it can lead to psychological problems for the whole family. Many wonder if it is a hereditary disease as well.

Addiction as a family disease can cause our loved ones who are just trying to help to develop poor coping mechanisms. Enabling can cause the addict to continue to use, while the loved one may feel guilty.

It is no secret that mental illness follows addiction almost anywhere. This is not to guilt you, and this is not to try to make you feel bad, but it is just to give you a sense of urgency. None of us live a life that does not affect others. That number is multiplied when we talk about addiction.

This is one of the best reasons to seek Monmouth County addiction treatment. Do it for the sake of your loved ones, if for no other reason.

Addiction Could Cost You Your Life

Over 72,000 people died in 2017 alone in drug related overdoses. The majority of this number was related to drugs laced with fentanyl. This number has skyrocketed since the early 2000s, and is at an all time high in our time now.

The stakes are, indeed, high. In fact, in certain years, drugs killed more people than car accidents. You should seek drug rehab as soon as possible, not because you should stop having fun, and not just because “drugs are bad”.

You should seek drug rehab if you value your life. You should, because your life is valuable and meaningful. That is a fact.

Contact Us

We at Discovery Institute are here for you. We are ready to talk to you whenever you’re ready. Wherever you are at in the journey of addiction, we are ready to help you take the next steps towards a life free from addiction.

Our state of the art facilities are always ready to treat you professionally. If you are ready to begin your journey to sobriety now, or if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us at (844) 478-6563. Our compassionate team of counselors are standing by to speak with you now.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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