Drug rehab is sometimes ordered by court judges as a means of punishment. Usually, first time offenders caught with illegal drug possession are given leniency, which typically involves a mandatory stay in a rehab center. The intent of these sentences is to help the addict break free from this spiraling cycle and hopefully learn his/her lesson on using illegal drugs.
It’s important to realize though, that all drug rehabilitation centers are options and not requirements. No clinic forces you to do anything. True, you will get in trouble if you fail to do as ordered by the authorities. However, it is not the job of the rehab staff to make sure you follow through on your treatment. What a drug rehab center offers is detoxification assistance (with medical oversight) as well as rehabilitative therapy, which helps patients overcome addictions, confront major issues, and find more productive ways of coping with unhappiness.
There is no rehab center that is going to force you to do anything against your own will. The only two locations that can use brute force are a correction facility and a psychiatric ward, and these locations have nothing in common with a volunteer drug support center. So you have nothing to be afraid of! All you will find in a volunteer drug rehab clinic is people willing to help you with the resources they have.
The environment is always comfortable and relaxed, with a view towards making positive changes. You may occasionally hear things that you don’t like coming from a counselor who pulls no punches, but ultimately these lifestyle changes will benefit you as a person. You will learn to stop making excuses and to stop denying the problem. You will learn that complete abstention is the only real solution. You will learn why you resort to drugs and how to change your lifestyle so that you are less stressed and happier.
You will also receive encouragement in the way of group therapy and family intervention, if possible. This will help you emotionally respond to the professional treatment. This is when you need willpower—after the detox stage and after the rehab stage. Summoning up all your willpower early on, before these crucial steps, is practically a wasted effort.
Why not make plans to visit a drug rehab center in your area? There are many facilities ready to help you. This will be the best decision you have ever made!