It’s easy to come up with a million different reasons why now is not a good time to enter addiction rehab. You’re in the middle of a project at work. There’s a holiday coming up. It’s almost summer break and the kids will be out of school. You can’t afford treatment at an executive rehab facility. The list goes on and on. But the cost of delaying addiction treatment can be much greater than you realize.
For one, the longer you put off treatment, the more serious your addiction may become. Over time the body builds up a tolerance and you need larger quantities of drugs or alcohol to feel the same effects. This can be incredibly hard on your body, not to mention that there is always the risk of overdosing. Not every overdose is fatal, but you never know when it will be. Using drugs or alcohol “just one more time” could be your last time. Think about how much more in life you want to accomplish. Seeking addiction treatment can give you that opportunity. The most important reason to enter addiction rehab is because it can save your life.
Your actual life is not the only thing you’re putting in jeopardy, however. Putting off treatment for drug addiction or alcoholism can have a negative impact on certain components of your life as well.
It can cost you your savings, home, and more. Maintaining an addiction can be very expensive. The cost of drinking adds up, whether you’re doing it at home or at a bar. Drugs – both illicit and prescription – can be costly, especially as you build a tolerance. The deeper into addiction that people fall, the rasher decisions they are willing to make, such as selling or pawning their belongings to pay for drugs or alcohol. If you fall behind on your rent, mortgage, utilities, or other bills, not only does this incur more fees, but can also lead to repossession of your house, car, or other assets.
It can cost you your job. You may be good at hiding your addiction at first, but soon it will catch up with you. The effects of drugs and alcohol will start to impact your performance and attendance. You may be passed over for potential promotions, begin falling behind on deadlines, make costly mistakes, or lose your job all together. It can also be more difficult to find a new job when you’re struggling with addiction. And for someone like Johnny Manziel, putting off treatment may have cost him his career in the NFL.
It can cost you your family and friends. When addiction spirals out of control, it’s likely that people won’t really want to be around you. If your primary focus is your drinking or drug use, and it turns you into a different person, chances are your relationships will feel the strain. It’s not that your family and friends don’t care – they do! – but when you refuse to get help, it can be difficult for them to watch you struggle. Plus, the consequences can interfere with their lives as well.
It can cost you your health. Excessive drinking or drug use can put you at a greater risk of developing at least seven different types of cancer. It can also increase your risk of heart disease, liver disease, kidney problems, diabetes, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, memory problems and more. Drugs and alcohol can also weaken your immune system leaving you more susceptible to illness. Not to mention the risk for injury or accidents due to impaired judgment, delayed reaction time, poor coordination and balance, and risky decision making. While addiction recovery may not reverse all of the damage you have done, it can heal some of it and improve your health.
Is putting off addiction treatment really worth the risk? It can have such a profound effect on your life and there are certain things you can’t go back and undo or change. Addiction recovery can help you to get your life back on track and pursue the goals you have set for yourself. It is not too late to change and recovery is possible.
Chapters Capistrano meets clients where they are at and creates a personalized treatment plan to fit your needs. Both 12-step and non 12-step methodologies are used, as well as holistic treatment options. Engage in intensive therapy and counseling to work through issues contributing to your addiction and develop a relapse prevention plan that sets you up for success. Contact Chapters Capistrano today at 888-973-0230 to stop delaying addiction rehab and get the help you need for a brighter future.