When you are struggling with a substance abuse addiction, the most difficult step is often the very first one. Admitting that you have a problem is marked as the beginning of the solution in everything from ten step programs to inpatient rehabilitation clinics. Understanding when you are in the right place to begin rehab takes some consideration, and should not be made alone. Speak with an addiction counselor who is also a clinical psychologist, who will help you to make the decision and then transition safely and smoothly into the rehab process.

Finding a psychologist. If you’re looking for an addiction counselor to help you get the assistance you need, you can find them in hospitals, mental health centers, rehabilitation centers, as well as in private practice. Your general practitioner doctor can help to refer you to a good source, and social workers or even those you know personally can steer you on the right path to find this powerful ally.

Knowing When You Need Treatment. If you are addicted to drugs, you’ll likely have an inkling of the dependency that is controlling your life. When you take drugs with the express purpose of getting high, your body has become physically dependent on the drug and your mind has mentally as well, you are in need of rehabilitation. The same is true when you are preoccupied with the drug, and have built up a tolerance to the drug (often consuming it in larger quantities as a result).

Signs that Rehabilitation Is Needed. If you still aren’t sure if you’re in a dire enough situation to need rehab treatment (we naturally underplay our own difficulties in our own mind, the old ‘I can stop whenever I want’ trap), here is another list of symptoms you need to recognize and address. If you are using drugs alone, facing unusual health problems, surrounded by broken relationships, seem to be operating in a mental fog, suffering from mood swings, neglecting your appearance, and facing difficulties at school or work, you do absolutely need rehabilitation treatment. If you cannot quit the drug despite the difficulties it is giving you, you need to make a drastic change to improve your life. This is often done quite successfully through rehabilitation treatment.

Recognizing the Need for Treatment Help with Addiction

Unfortunately, many patients wait to come in for treatment until they feel they have literally no other options, when they have hit rock bottom and severely damaged their relationships, as well as their physical and mental health. However, you don’t have to—and shouldn’t—wait until that point to begin seeking help. One you have identified that you do have a problem which needs addressing, you should seek rehabilitation to nip your problems in the bud and prevent you from getting to the horrible place where you have literally nothing left. At Discovery Institute, we offer the top drug detox center in New Jersey, in a manner that provides our clients with hope and a path to full recovery. For more information about our programs, call us today at 800-714-2175.

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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