Do I Need Inpatient Treatment If My Addiction Isn’t that Bad?

If you are questioning whether your addiction is bad enough, ask yourself what constitutes isn’t that bad. Ask yourself what does bad alcoholism or addiction look like. I’m not as bad off as that guy—I’m still married. In recovery, learning not to compare yourself is a good rule to follow. Gertrude Stein’s famous saying, a rose is a rose is a rose, can be applied to alcoholics and addicts—an addict is an addict is an addict; an alcoholic is an alcoholic is an alcoholic.

There are no prerequisites or set of rules for whether you need inpatient treatment. Not every alcoholic or addict needs inpatient treatment. The following are a few signs for needing treatment: blackouts, drive while high, hangovers everyday, sneak drinks at work, make friends with dealers, smell like alcohol in the morning, have the shakes, lose  friends, get fired and so forth.  

No matter your physical condition, if you don’t think you need treatment, maybe you do. Some alcoholics and addicts are good at white-knuckling their sobriety and think they can lick this thing on their own or in group meetings. This may be true to an extent, although it’s wise to look at any resistance to inpatient treatment. Resistance is an unconscious sign indicating something at a deeper level is going on with you.

Working with a therapist will help determine whether inpatient treatment is a good plan. Therapist have the skills to make an assessment of your condition. Your condition is both mental and physical. What you make think of as not bad enough may differ from your therapist. It is not their responsibility or job to make you go to inpatient treatment unless you are suicidal or dangerous to others. It is your responsibility to make an informed decision that will benefit your mental and physical health.

You may have preconceived and limited notions about the benefits of inpatient treatment. With up to three months or more of immersion into addiction treatment and recovery, other factors that led to addiction may show themselves. You may learn you have another mental disorder in addition to alcoholism or drug addiction. This is called a dual diagnosis. This doesn’t mean your regular therapist wouldn’t have reached a dual diagnosis. However, you don’t have to leave the therapist’s office and go home to live with difficult information until their next session. Inpatient treatment works as a safety container for what arises. It holds you when you can’t hold yourself.

At last, infinite recovery is finally attainable. Creating infinite change through clinical programs and holistic healing, Infinity Treatment Centers offers a higher standard of luxury care for residential, intensive outpatient, and much more. Call us today for information on our treatment programs serving the greater Los Angeles area: (855) 544-0611

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