Countless people try getting sober on their own, and often don’t succeed. It can become a vicious cycle of going through the physical and emotional discomfort of withdrawal, staying sober for an indefinite amount of time, relapsing, and then feeling immense shame due to the relapse. Without the proper guidance and education it’s a cycle that is nearly impossible to break without help.

Getting Sober On Your Own Vs. At a Treatment Center

Sobering up on your own may seem like a tempting option for people because in theory you would be able to keep up with your “normal” routine such as work, school, and family priorities. The idea of not having to explain where you went for 30 plus days makes it tempting as well. As countless people in recovery will tell you, going to treatment will help immensely in the long-run, because it gives you tools for knowing the right things to do in recovery to stay sober.

At treatment, you are allowed to  take the time to focus entirely on yourself. You are the only priority you need to worry about. In recovery, that’s the kind of attention you need to give to your sobriety in order to be successful. Sobering up alone, you may get pulled into 5 different directions at once, and fail to give your recovery the attention it needs.

You Learn So Much About Yourself in Treatment

No one wants to be in the position that they have to go to rehab. But, taking the good with the bad, rehab is an opportunity unlike any other to explore your addiction and get to know yourself on a profoundly deep level. From the spiritual side of things to getting to know your own habits and why addiction works the way it does, you’ll be given all of the insight you need into figuring out why you are the way you are. Better yet, you’ll be well equipped to avoid potentially dangerous situations in the future.

In treatment, your therapists delve deep into the causes of addiction, and you may even find things out about yourself that you never knew. For example, many people are diagnosed with a co-occurring mental disorder like anxiety or depression when they come to rehab. Treating this simultaneously with addiction helps immensely in getting people to stay sober. Also, past traumas can be addressed, because suppressing pent-up emotions is a huge factor in addiction and relapse.

Treatment helps to give you the tools you need for getting sober, and it would help anyone looking to get into recovery. Options are out there for everyone, no matter how much time you can spend on recovery, how much money you have, or where you live.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy 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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