Hopelessness, regret, guilt and shame. These are feelings all of us feel, especially when addiction is part of your life. All we want is to feel normal, comfortable, and like we belong. Rehab is our second chance at life. It teaches us how to live again, how to cope in a healthy way, and most important, how to exist without drugs and alcohol as part of our identity.
This last part sounds daunting because it is. Some people do to rehab and stay sober forever, other people need to go to rehab several times, try different methods of getting sober, or new programs and meetings.
There is never a bad day to get sober. If you’ve already been to rehab, there’s no reason you can’t try it again. Here are 10 reasons you should give rehab another chance:
1. EVERY MOMENT YOU’RE ALIVE IS A NEW CHANCE.
It’s never too late to get sober and live a life in recovery. I know some people can feel that way based on their age, or how many times they may have relapsed, but the reality is every moment you’re alive is another chance. Take that chance and try rehab another time.
2. REHAB IS ALWAYS READY AND WAITING.
Rehab isn’t going anywhere. In fact, addiction treatment centers, meetings like AA, and collegiate recovery, are on the rise. Something I didn’t know when I was getting sober was the fact that help is available. All we have to do is ask.
3. YOU’RE WORTH IT.
When I quit drinking and using drugs, I did not feel like I deserved help or a beautiful life. It’s safe to say most of us feel a void of self-worth when we’re in active addiction. We don’t recognize ourselves and we feel an overwhelming amount of guilt and shame about our actions. But you need to know you are worth it. Giving rehab another chance is worth it.
4. THIS COULD BE THE TIME YOU STAY SOBER FOREVER.
It can be exhausting, going in and out of rehab, trying to get sober, but not sticking to it. Of course, there may be times when you just want to give up. These are the times you should give addiction treatment another chance. You never know if this time could be the last time you spend at rehab. It could be the time you stay sober forever.
5. IT COULD BE A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.
Addiction can take us to the depths of despair that we never thought were possible. For most of us, addiction is a matter of life and death, but we just don’t know it yet. Addiction is a progressive disease and it will get worse as time goes on. The will to live in innate, but sometimes we need help getting there. Giving rehab another chance can help us live a healthy, long life.
6. LEARN WHO YOU REALLY ARE.
If sobriety has taught me one thing, it’s what my true identity looks like. Addiction took over my life and I was living with alcohol as my guide. Now I’m in charge of my own life. Self-discovery is a part of the recovery process. I’ve learned what my morals and beliefs are, how to cope with everyday life, and what hobbies I enjoy. It’s fun and exciting to learn about the real me.
7. MEET OTHERS WHO WALK THE SAME PATH.
Addiction is lonely. Waking up every day feeling like nobody understands you and that you’re all alone is excruciating. I’ve found that the loneliness one of the biggest myths of addiction, that no one knows how you feel. Drug rehab is where you can find others who have walked the exact same path as you, and even better, professionals who understand how you’re feeling. You don’t have to do it alone. There are others who have been where you are and who have made a life in recovery.
8. THE FEELINGS WON’T GO AWAY UNTIL YOU HEAL.
One of the hardest parts about giving rehab another shot is admitting defeat. This keeps a lot of people from going back and trying addiction treatment again. They don’t want to say, “I messed up,” or “it didn’t work.” But no one is perfect. There are plenty of people who do not stay sober the first time. In some cases, relapse is part of the disease of addiction. You shouldn’t feel shame for it, but these feelings won’t go away until they are addressed and worked through.
9. GO FROM CHAOS TO CALM.
Addiction is complete chaos. Your life has probably become unmanageable and there are certain things you may wish you had more of– time with loved ones, money, relaxation, and a good job. Rehab can help you obtain all of these things. It will teach you the life skills you need to know how to participate in society and be a good friend, partner, son or daughter, and parent.
The fight we uphold during active addiction is relentless and exhausting. When all we want to do is give up the fight, we should, but in a healthy way. You don’t have to live like this anymore. There are better days ahead. Relief is what you seek and you can find it at rehab. It’s ok to ask for help.
It’s ok to want to try again. You deserve relief.
This article was submitted to AddictionUnscripted by the original author and originally appeared on The Recovery Village.