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Do You Need Rehab to Recover?

Updated: Feb 1

Rehabilitation programs offer comprehensive assessments, treatment planning, progress evaluations, and the ability to make modifications as needed to your care. Without the supervision of an experienced clinical team, it can be challenging to get all the help you need to successfully recover from substance use disorder (SUD) or dual diagnosis. Recovery is a lifelong journey. Navigating it alone without the benefit of rehabilitation can be isolating and potentially dangerous to your health.

What Are the Dangers of Quitting "Cold Turkey"?

Quitting "cold turkey" can lead to injury, illness, or even death, depending on multiple factors, including the substance and the severity of your symptoms. In cases where the detox and withdrawal effects are very mild, abruptly abstaining is less likely to cause acute or chronic health issues. For example, if you want to stop smoking, the withdrawal symptoms might be uncomfortable, but they do not require medical supervision. On the other hand, abstaining after a long period of alcohol misuse could lead to serious reactions, including seizures, hallucinations, unconsciousness, or even death. Rehabilitation programs are essential if there is a chance that you may suffer from severe pain or other side effects.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) describes substance misuse as a chronic disorder. NIDA reports that “most of those who abuse drugs require longer-term treatment and, in many instances, repeated treatments." Facilities like California Care and Detox Treatment offer expert care and services to make the process safer, comfortable, and more likely to succeed. While quitting "cold turkey" is possible for some mild forms of substance misuse, it can be dangerous in some situations. Rehabilitation programs tailor their treatment plans to your individual needs, and there are many methods used, including psychotherapy, behavioral modification, and peer support.

Why is Rehabilitation Sometimes Necessary?

All symptoms exist along a spectrum, and what might be mildly uncomfortable for one person may be debilitating for someone else. You will not know ahead of time exactly how your body will respond when you decrease the dose or abstain from a substance. Mental health disorders or other chronic health conditions can often magnify the side effects of SUD.

You can go through detox and withdrawal with relatively few symptoms for some substances, including tobacco and marijuana. Common side effects of abstaining from them include:

  • Changes in appetite

  • Mood swings

  • Irritability

  • Depressive symptoms

  • Insomnia and other sleep disturbances

  • Difficulty focusing

  • Cravings

  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Flu-like symptoms include nausea, sweating, headache, and cold flashes

Other substances like methamphetamines and benzodiazepines can have more severe withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Paranoia

  • Delusions

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Depression

  • Extreme cravings

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Muscle aches

  • Numbness

  • Tremors

  • Panic attacks

  • Mental confusion

  • Heart palpitations

  • Perceptual changes

Without rehabilitation treatment to stabilize and manage the side effects, they can lead to serious accidental injury. You or your loved one can feel confident in your recovery with the support and resources provided by rehabilitation centers.

What Are the Benefits of Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation programs make symptom management safer and decrease the risk of relapse or overdose. At a rehabilitation facility, you will receive access to the following essential services:

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

  • Psychotherapy

  • Group therapy

  • Relapse prevention

  • 24/7 medical support

  • Evaluations and tailored treatment

  • Medical devices to manage dangerous symptoms during detox and withdrawal

  • Alternative treatments

According to NIDA, inpatient and residential treatment are “very effective, especially for those with more severe problems (including co-occurring disorders).” California Care Detox and Treatment offers inpatient programs that accommodate many co-occurring mental health disorders. You will be safer and more comfortable during detox and withdrawal if you attend inpatient treatment and receive care from clinicians experienced with treating SUD.

How Does Professional Medical Assistance Decrease Risks?

Recovery looks different for everyone but the odds of a successful outcome increase significantly if you are under the care of trained medical professionals who have access to resources and tools specifically designed to treat substance use disorder. Rehabilitation decreases the risk of relapse and severe side effects by providing a stable environment for healing. According to NIDA, "research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods" indicates that “most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs ... and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning.”

Why Should You Attend a Rehabilitation Program?

Many factors play a role in how your symptoms manifest and whether or not you require a rehabilitation program to manage them during detox, withdrawal, and continuing recovery. A rehabilitation program provides a consistent, safe, and healthy way to regain sobriety and move forward with your life. You have the opportunity to take control of your life and make changes that will create a brighter future for yourself and your loved ones.

Not every case of SUD requires residential or outpatient care, but it does decrease the risks associated with detox and withdrawal. Rehabilitation programs provide excellent services, peace of mind, and support from medical professionals who have experience navigating substance use disorder. Medically supervised treatment is the best way to ensure your health and safety during the initial stages of recovery. Rehabilitation programs come in many forms, and you can work with your doctor to find the one that meets your needs. At California Care Detox and Treatment, we offer residential inpatient treatment for SUD and dual diagnosis. Our team has decades of combined experience treating substance use disorder and dual diagnosis. You can benefit from compassionate care under the management of the men and women at our facility. If you are uncertain about whether you would benefit from rehabilitation treatment, reach out to our office by calling us today at (949) 281-0632.

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