Why Should You Go to Rehab?

Rehabilitation Centers are not meant to be fun—they are meant to change you for the better. That doesn’t mean there won’t be fun activities or good friendships, but rehab is meant to get you back on track, away from drugs and/or alcohol.

Go to rehab to save yourself.

To recover, to get back to a normal life, to save yourself, you need rehabilitation. Addiction can debilitate and ruin you. If your tolerance increases and you continue to increase the dose, you can overdose. Rehab can save you.

We know how to heal you.

If you have an addiction that you have tried to stop, but can’t, you need to go to rehab. Rehabilitation centers know how to heal you. They know how to detoxify your body and help you get through the withdrawals. If you try that alone, you may find that it feels nearly impossible. With the right prescription medicine and treatment, the load can feel a little lighter.

We understand your pain.

Recovery centers often have staff that are recovered addicts. That is true for Steps Recovery Centers as well. We have been there and know how hard it is to recover, but that means we are also here to get you through it.

You will have a support group.

In rehab, you will find that you are surrounded by people who are going through the same thing. Group therapy and activities will help you to bond with this group as you recover together.

Your relationships depend on it.

When you are struggling with addiction, chances are your relationships are struggling as well. It is hard to truly be human when your body is so dependent on a substance. Making the commitment to go to a recovery center will show your loved ones that you are sincerely trying. It will show them that you do want to be clean.

You need it.

It may be expensive, but rehab will be worth the cost in the end. Your life is priceless. Moreover, if you fully recover, you can maintain a stable job, something you may not be able to do while struggling with addiction. Employers, friends, and family need you to recover. You need you to recover.

To learn more about our addiction recovery program, go to StepsRC.com.

What’s the Difference Between Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction?

It can be hard to understand human nature, especially when that nature leads us to make harmful decisions. The questions seem endless. Why does someone need more and more of the same thing? Why doesn’t the small dose an addict started with have the same effect as it did in the beginning? How can this ever-growing need be stopped?

Before healing can be begin, we first need to understand the difference between tolerance, dependence, and addiction.

Tolerance.

When using an addictive substance, the pleasure received will not remain the same. Eventually, a small dose will fail to have the same effect as it once did and that is why addicts tend to need more and more of something. They want the same feelings of pleasure they received when they first started using the drug. To do that, you need to increase the dose.

To define it, Merck Manual said tolerance “is a person’s diminished response to a drug, which occurs when the drug is used repeatedly and the body adapts to the continued presence of the drug.”

Medical News Today said, “After a while, the user of the potentially addictive substance does not get the same pleasure and has to increase the dose – his/her body’s tolerance to it increases. Eventually, the user no longer experiences pleasure from the substance and takes it simply to prevent withdrawal symptoms – taking the substance just makes them feel normal.”

The National Institute on Drugs or NIH said, “The development of tolerance is not addiction, although many drugs that produce tolerance also have addictive potential.”

Tolerance and addiction are not alone though. There is also drug dependence.

Drug Dependence.

The NIH said that drug dependence and addiction can go hand in hand, but are slightly different.

Drug dependence is when one has a “strong desire to experience the effects of the drug.” This can be physical or psychological.

Addiction

Addiction though, is what seems to tip the scale. A drug user, as much as they may want to be clean, cannot stop taking the drug. That is addiction.

NIH summarized it simply:

“Addiction is a brain disease.

  • Drugs change how the brain works.
  • These brain changes can last for a long time.
  • They can cause problems like mood swings, memory loss, even trouble thinking and making decisions.”

Tolerance, drug dependence, and addiction can seem to be very similar. Understanding their subtle differences can help the addicted and their loved ones find the best path to freedom and healing. If you or a loved one needs help facing their addiction, learn more about Steps Recovery Center, a drug rehab in Utah dedicated to treatments and help that work. Addiction is painful, but we can help one become strong again.