No one wants to go to rehab, but an honest self-assessment can be what gets people in the doors and onto a better life. Along with the detoxification process, it can be a scary but necessary process that holds gifts you can obtain in no other way.
For example, it is not hard to figure out you have a problem when you and your brother blow yourselves up in a meth binge. You would think things like that do not happen, but they do. After all, what is a good addict to do when he or she wins the lotto? Are you going to pay bills, buy a home, or travel? Heck no!
You are going to spend every last dime on dope because that is what drug addiction does—it robs you of your choices.
If you are giving a self-assessment from a hospital burn unit, it probably is not a stretch to conclude that you might—just maybe—have a problem.
Of course, getting into a detoxification program is not a guarantee that you will suddenly get better and everything will be right as rain.
Actually, it is often quite the contrary. When we come in to treatment, our lives are usually absolute disasters. Some of those things might be the permanent or temporary loss of a loved one (or loved ones), a shattered career, jail, or any number of other seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stand before us.
Self assessment doesn’t make you immune to the need for detoxification
No matter what problem we are facing, we can always grow and overcome those obstacles. No matter how much money, fame, or adulation we receive; none of us are immune to the monster that is addiction.
None of these seemingly large obstacles are ever insurmountable. We have seen things that should never be resolved turn out far better than anyone could have imagined, but we have also seen these obstacles steer some of our clients into new directions in life.
Unfortunately, some people give up, and instead choose to take their lives through one means or another. Others never get the opportunity to try to get clean and sober. For those lucky few who know where to look, and have the willingness to ask for help, though, there is always hope that today will be the day that we put down the bottle, the pipe, or the needle for good.
We are not going to lie: it will not be easy—not by a long shot. However, Abraham Maslow said it best when he said, “If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I would still swim.”
That is what addicts and alcoholics need to ask themselves during any self-assessment: am I willing and desperate enough to do whatever it takes to not live life as I am living it now?
No doubt, it is not an easy question to answer honestly, but for those who can, and for those who do, and for those who answer affirmatively; a new world waits.