I Need Rehab: When and How to Go to Rehab


According to data included in a 2016 U. S. Surgeon General Report, more than 20 million people have some type of substance use disorder. This staggering statistic shows the widespread prevalence of addiction, making it likely that it has touched nearly everyone in some way. If you or someone you love has a problem with drugs or alcohol, you may wonder when to go to rehab or how to go to rehab. These are important questions to ask when substances begin interfering with a productive life and relationships.

If you have ever thought or said, “I need rehab,” negative repercussions from drug or alcohol use may be causing you to take a close look at how substances are affecting your life. Knowing when to go to rehab is crucial. Allowing a downward spiral from addiction can eventually lead to tragedy. The following signs may indicate an addiction problem that needs attention and treatment.

  • Family or friends asking you to stop using substances
  • Experiencing withdrawal when you don’t use a substance
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Health problems that are a direct result of addiction
  • Legal issues due to actions taken while under the influence
  • Hurting yourself or others while under the influence
  • Losing a job or poor performance in school due to substance use
  • Wanting and trying to quit but being unable to do so
  • Lying about substance use

After you say the important words, “I need rehab,” the next thing to be tackled is how to go to rehab. When you want to get sober, the first step is calling a treatment facility to find out about rehabilitation options. Most treatment centers begin with an intake process that involves a counselor asking a potential patient questions about history and substance use. It’s important to be open and honest when answering these questions to ensure that the counselor makes the best recommendations for an individualized treatment plan that fits your needs. Many inpatient treatment plans start with detox. Inpatient medically-assisted detox is designed to help patients through the difficult first days of withdrawing from a controlled substance. Medication can also be prescribed to make detox safe and comfortable. After detoxing, patients move on to rehab that includes various types of therapy. The purpose of rehab is two-fold: to discover and examine the reasons for the addiction and to learn healthy ways to cope with life’s stressors that may trigger a relapse into addiction. After discharge, most patients continue with ongoing counseling to maintain their sobriety.

At White Sands Treatment Center, we offer drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation through our private rehab program. Our approach is fully customized to address each patient’s needs. If you don’t live near our center, we can even help with transportation arrangements to get to the facility. Call us today to speak with a member of our team and begin on your road to addiction recovery. You can also reach us quickly when you fill out the form on our website. We are committed to helping every patient find a solution that brings recovery and healing to a troubled life.