If you are afraid of committing to a full-blown drug and alcohol recovery program, be it for cost reasons, or leaving home, or the fear of the unknown, you are not alone. If you are like most people who experience this fear, you are considering seeking counseling or therapy as a means of recovery. Before you make this choice you need to explore your options.
While believing everything you read on the Internet is not a wise decisions, you should listen to this piece of advice—explore the options, look at the facts, and then chose.
Therapy vs. Rehab – The “You” Factor
No, that is not a grammatical mistake. There is a major “you” factor in your addiction. Your addiction is directly related to how you cope with things. So, as you compare the idea of counseling with rehab, you need to think about how you are going to hold yourself accountable for the down time between counseling sessions.
Successful drug and alcohol programs remove the “you” from the formula and that is how they yield results. Step back and put things into perspective. Compare and contrasts options in this scenario.
You have an addiction problem and you have an appointment with your therapists. The first question you need to ask yourself is, “Will I actually go to all the appointments?” See, there is a “you” factor.
- “You” have to go to the appointment.
- “You” can make excuses and miss.
- “You” can avoid the issues.
- “You” have no one to be accountable to.
Now, here’s the same scenario in a drug and alcohol rehab setting. You have an appointment with your therapists.
- The person in charge of your treatment sees that you get there.
- The counselor will call you out on any excuses.
- The group meetings show you that you are not alone in your struggles so you stop avoiding the issues.
- You are taught to hold yourself accountable for your choices.
You literally have to remove all responsibility from you because, by nature, you will go back to your addiction. It is an illness, and without proper treatment, it cannot be cured. You don’t go to a family doctor to treat cancer. You follow up with him about everything. The same is true with drug and alcohol recovery. You don’t go to a therapist to treat addiction. You follow up with a therapist after you’ve completed recovery.
Therapy vs. Rehab – I am not giving up control of my life.
Clearly, you already have everything under control…right? You have already lost control, and the reason why is because you are trying to handle your addiction on your own. While a therapist and counseling will certainly help you see things differently, without surrendering to the fact that you have lost control, and you need someone to teach you to be accountable, you will struggle with your addiction for a long time.
Again, the difference between therapy and rehab is very simple, you need structure, and you need regimented routine so that you can break the cycle of addiction.
Therapy vs. Rehab – There is something to gain from both.
Therapy is a great option for people who have relapsed or for people who can feel themselves skating the edge of sobriety. It is also a great way to maintain sobriety. Weekly meetings with a therapist can help you:
- Work through issues that are complicating your recovery.
- Develop social skills to communicate effectively.
- Find ways to deal with daily stressors.
- Foster new relationships.
Counseling and therapy are great ways to manage and maintain sobriety, but initial recovery needs to start with some type of rehab program. Here’s why recovery should start in a rehab program:
- It is structured and regimented.
- You can’t miss any parts of the day.
- You are removed from the temptations of using.
- You are removed from the stressors that lead you to using.
- You are placed with people who have similar needs as you.