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How to Know if You Need Rehab

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

March 20, 2024 (Originally Published)

March 20, 2024 (Last Updated)

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If you have been asking yourself questions like “How to know if I need rehab”, there are many possible indicators of addiction.

All addictions are unique and may differ in presentation according to the substance of abuse. Clinically described as substance use disorder, addiction is incurable but treatable with evidence-based therapies. Addiction is also a progressive condition, meaning that the sooner someone gets help, the more straightforward the recovery process will be.

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Need help getting addiction treatment?

Choosing to engage with a treatment program for drug or alcohol addiction is a difficult decision. If your substance use has become unmanageable and is harming your physical or mental well-being, though, it might be time to consider going to inpatient or outpatient rehab.

10 Signs You Need Rehab

Here are 10 of the most common signs that you need rehab:

  1. Substance use dominates your life: A hallmark of addiction is when drugs or alcohol become the focal point of your existence. If your day revolves around obtaining, using, and recovering from substances, and you’re sacrificing hobbies, responsibilities, and relationships as a result, these are potential signs you are ready to go to rehab.
  2. Cravings are overwhelming: Rehab is designed for individuals who battle intense urges to use substances. Physical dependence develops with sustained use of addictive substances, triggering withdrawal symptoms and cravings when you try to quit. Professional detox services in rehab offer a safe way to manage cravings and mitigate the chances of relapse derailing your recovery.
  3. Increased consumption to feel effects: Initially, small amounts of a substance might have been enough, but as tolerance develops over time, you may find yourself needing more to achieve the same effects, increasing the risk of overdose. Increasing consumption to counter tolerance is a diagnostic criteria of addiction and indicates a potential need for treatment.
  4. Meeting criteria for substance use disorder: According to DSM-5-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), meeting four or more criteria indicates a moderate to severe substance use disorder, typically requiring medical detox and ongoing inpatient or outpatient rehab. The eleven criteria for addiction include cravings, neglecting responsibilities, social issues, risking harm to yourself or others, and withdrawal symptoms manifesting upon discontinuation.
  5. Your health is declining: The physical and mental health impacts of substance abuse can be extensive, ranging from mild to life-threatening, and include everything from liver damage and cancer to anxiety, depression, and psychosis.
  6. Concern from friends and family: When loved ones express worry about your substance use or suggest that you need to go to rehab, this should serve as a red flag. 
  7. Financial struggles due to substance use: If your finances are constantly strained because your spending prioritizes substance use over everyday essentials or saving, it’s a clear indicator that your addiction is controlling your life.
  8. Engaging in risky behaviors: Taking unnecessary risks while under the influence – driving while intoxicated or sharing needles, for instance – points to the need for intervention to prevent damaging consequences.
  9. Isolation: Pulling away from social contacts and activities to use substances alone can deepen feelings of depression and loneliness, further cementing the cycle of substance abuse.
  10. Unsuccessful attempts to quit: Addiction is characterized by a challenging cycle of relapse and recovery. If you’ve tried and failed to quit on your own, it’s a sign that professional treatment could offer the structured support you need to overcome addiction.

Recognizing these signs in yourself or someone that you care about is the first fundamental step toward seeking the help required to initiate and maintain long-term abstinence.

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How to Find a Good Rehab

Finding the right rehab facility can make the difference between relapse and sustained recovery. Here’s how to find a reputable rehab if you have no idea where to start:

  • Contact our addiction hotline: Begin your search by reaching out to our addiction hotline. Our experienced advisors can provide you with immediate support, understand your specific situation, and help you identify your needs and recovery goals. They can also offer information on various rehab facilities, treatment options, and answer any questions you might have, making this complex process much more manageable. Hotline staff can also provide referrals to rehabs throughout the state of California.
  • Evaluate your needs: With guidance from our hotline, assess what you’re looking for in a rehab program. Consider the type of substance you need help with, any co-occurring mental health conditions that require treatment, and whether you’re better suited for an inpatient or outpatient setting.
  • Research accredited facilities: Our hotline can recommend accredited rehab centers that match your criteria. Choose a facility that’s accredited by recognized organizations and holds proper state licensing to maximize your chances of receiving high-quality care.
  • Understand treatment approaches: Rehab programs vary in their treatment philosophies and methods. With insights from our hotline, explore which approaches and methodologies mesh with your preferences and needs.
  • Inquire about insurance compatibility: Our addiction hotline can also help in determining which rehab facilities are covered by your insurance. Understanding your coverage can help narrow down your options to those that are financially viable.
  • Ask about aftercare planning: Long-term success in recovery often depends on ongoing support after initial treatment. Our hotline advisors can help you find programs that offer comprehensive aftercare services like outpatient counseling, support groups, or sober living homes, to support your journey after rehab.
  • Make an informed decision: Armed with information and support from our addiction hotline, you can make a more informed decision about which rehab facility is best for you. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you feel supported and confident in your choice, understanding that the right program can significantly impact your recovery journey.

By starting your search with our addiction hotline, you can take the first steps toward recovery with confidence. Our team is here to guide you through each stage of the process, making sure you find a rehab that meets your individual needs and supports your path to a healthier, substance-free life.

Will My Insurance Cover Rehab?

Whether your insurance will cover rehab depends on your specific policy, the rehab facility, and the type of treatment you’re seeking. Most insurance plans offer some level of coverage for addiction treatment, but the extent can vary widely. 

At Renaissance Recovery, we’re happy to accept insurance for rehab. Check your coverage right here.

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Get World-Class Rehab for Addiction at Renaissance Recovery

If you feel that you or someone you care about needs rehab for addiction to drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications, we offer a variety of effective treatment programs at our Californian rehab.

We can help you connect with detox facilities throughout the state, enabling you to begin your recovery safely and comfortably, addressing the issue of physical drug or alcohol dependence, and preparing yourself for ongoing outpatient treatment at Renaissance.

Outpatient rehab at our Huntington Beach facility allows you to fulfill your daily obligations without compromising your recovery. You can access a personalized blend of therapies that may include:

Call 866.330.9449 today for world-class rehab for addiction in California.



At Renaissance Recovery our goal is to provide evidence-based treatment to as many individuals as possible. Give us a call today to verify your insurance coverage or to learn more about paying for addiction treatment.

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Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.

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