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Should I Go to Rehab?

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

May 6, 2024

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Perhaps you are struggling with substance use issues and wondering should you go to rehab?

Maybe you have already tried to engage with professional treatment and then relapsed leading you to ask, “Should I go back to rehab?”

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Either way, there are many others in a similar position. The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that 28.5 million U.S. adults had alcohol use disorder in 2020, and that 40 million were diagnosed with substance abuse disorder in the same year. Among these tens of millions grappling with this chronic disease in the United States, fewer than 10% engaged with professional drug or alcohol abuse treatment.

Don’t ignore the problem. If you are dealing with an addiction and at all questioning if you should go to a rehab treatment program, the answer is yes.

Renaissance Recovery is an alcohol and drug abuse treatment program with rehabs in California and Florida, if you need immediate assistance, contact our team today and get the process started.

There are many reasons that prevent people in need of substance abuse treatment from connecting with therapy, including:

  • Perceived cost of rehab
  • Uncertainty about what is involved with rehab
  • Complication of undiagnosed mental health conditions
  • Shame or stigma about engaging with treatment
  • Denial that a problem exists

Don’t let these barriers get in the way of a healthier and more fulfilling life. For the sake of your mental and physical health, contact Renaissance Recovery now and get help.

Should I Go to Rehab Quiz

Alcoholism (alcohol use disorder) and all types of substance use disorder (drug addiction) are classified in DSM-5-TR  (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Alcohol use disorders and drug use disorders are diagnosed as follows depending on the number of criteria present:

  • Mild addiction: 2 to 3 criteria
  • Moderate addiction: 4 to 5 criteria
  • Severe addiction: 6 criteria or more

For the first part of our quiz, answer the following questions based on the diagnostic criteria from DSM:

  1. Do you often use substances in larger amounts than intended or for longer periods than planned?
  2. Have you made unsuccessful attempts to reduce or discontinue substance use?
  3. Are you spending lots of time obtaining, using, or recovering from the use of substances?
  4. Is your substance use causing you to neglect personal and professional obligations?
  5. Do you continue to use substances even though it’s creating problems in your relationships?
  6. Do you frequently use substances in potentially dangerous situations?
  7. Are you cutting back on social and recreational activities in favor of substance use?
  8. Do you need to use more of the substance to achieve the same effects as tolerance forms?
  9. Are you still using substances even though you know it is causing or inflaming a physical or psychological condition?
  10. Do you experience withdrawal symptoms which you can alleviate by taking more of the substance?
  11. Have you experienced intense cravings for the substance?

For the second part of our quiz, consider the following five indicators that substance use disorder might be developing:

1) Do you engage in heavy drinking or binge drinking?

If you are a man and you consume fourteen or more standard drinks each week, NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) classifies this as binge drinking. A woman consuming eight or more standard drinks weekly is also breaching guidelines for moderate drinking.

Both of these abusive patterns of alcohol consumption could increase the likelihood of an addiction developing and suggest that you might need to consider heading to rehab if those habits are left unchecked.

2) Is substance use the driving force in your life right now?

When substance use assumes a central role in your life, this is a sign that substance use disorder is building.

If substance use is the primary focus in your life, it could be time to consider a stint in inpatient or outpatient rehab.

3) Do you feel a physical or psychological need to use the substance?

Over time, using an addictive substance will cause tolerance to build. When this happens, you will need to use more of the substance or to use it more often in order to achieve the same effects.

Tolerance often but not always leads to physical dependence. By this stage, you will need to use the substance just to feel normal.

If you feel a physical or mental need to use any substance, you should strongly consider exploring treatment options before things get worse.

4) Are you unable to control your use of substances?

Two of the criteria for addiction center on loss of control – using more of the substance than intended or an inability to moderate substance use.

Anyone who is using alcohol or drugs compulsively and uncontrollably would almost certainly benefit from treatment at a rehab center.

5) Have friends and family criticized your use of substances?

Addiction is a family disease with the repercussions of substance abuse rippling far beyond the person using substances.

Ask yourself whether your closest loved ones have been criticizing your substance use. Maybe they have already suggested that you connect with professional drug abuse treatment services.

Do I Need Inpatient Rehab or Outpatient Rehab?

If you acknowledge the need for treatment, you may now be asking yourself, “Do I need to go to rehab in an inpatient or outpatient setting?

Inpatient rehab is also known as residential rehab. This is the most intensive form of treatment available on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s continuum of care.

With inpatient treatment, you remain at the facility for 30 to 90 days or more, depending on the severity of the addiction and any co-occurring mental health conditions.

If you have a volatile or unsupportive home environment, you may find that residential rehab offers a more suitable setting for the early phase of recovery, with no distractions or triggers to take your focus away from therapy.

That said, Research suggests that IOPs (intensive outpatient programs) are just as effective as residential rehab for the treatment of most mild and moderate substance use disorders.

Outpatient rehab gives you access to broadly similar services and the same therapies as you find in inpatient treatment centers. The main difference between these treatment modalities is that you return home after outpatient therapy sessions rather than remaining at the treatment center.

Many people with milder addictions find that outpatient treatment lets them remain anchored to personal and professional responsibilities without compromising their recovery.

If you are committed to sobriety and have a home background conducive to recovery, you can choose from treatment at these levels of intensity:

  • OP: A regular outpatient program involves just two or three hours of therapy sessions scheduled on weekdays.
  • IOP: An intensive outpatient program provides at least 12 hours of therapy sessions each week.
  • PHP: A partial hospitalization programis a full-time treatment program providing at least 30 hours of weekly therapy sessions in an outpatient setting. PHPs are the most intensive form of outpatient treatment and a step down from residential rehab.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment at Renaissance Recovery

Here at Renaissance Recovery, we offer affordable luxury rehab in an outpatient setting for all forms of addiction.

Whatever level of treatment intensity you require, you can go to rehab around your personal and professional commitments.

At Renaissance, depending on the treatment program and track, clients will have access to numerous forms of therapy including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Family therapy and more

If you are worried about your job or other professional situation, it can be important to learn about the laws surrounding FMLA for rehab. When you are ready to commit to recovery in Southern California, you can do so without needing to head to residential rehab. Reach out to admissions for immediate assistance by calling 866.330.9449 and get the treatment process started.



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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