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13. Treatment: How Do I Get Better? > Do I Want Treatment?

Do I Want Treatment?

“But I don’t have a problem!” This is something that is often heard from individuals who are letting drugs destroy their lives. “I can stop any time I want.” This is another thing that is unfortunately sometimes not true. We can easily be in denial about ourselves and our problems. Denial frustrates doctors—in itself it is a disease. Having to hit rock bottom and become desperate because of denial is risky and unnecessary. The earlier in life we address drug use and dependence, the more of a productive life we have.

Many drug users misjudge their position, and they don’t grasp the benefits of or the need for treatment. It is commonly said that users must hit “rock bottom” before they are shaken into action and seek treatment. Although a crisis can help, it isn’t necessary for things to be at an absolute worst before getting help. Many users see where things are headed and decide to get help before a crisis does happen. It can take months of thinking about it before one actually enters treatment. When they do, they are engaged by a professional who has much training and many ideas. The patient must be assessed, and this can involve, depending on the situation, testing—both physical and written, giving a drug history and a personal history. When the sit....


  

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