Are You Scared of Getting Sober?

Are You Scared of Getting Sober?

Are You Scared of Getting Sober?


By Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC

While this is the month of scary costumes, haunted houses and spooky movies-there may be a different aspect of your life that has left you frightened. The past 2 years have seen a rise in substance usage, and this has led those who had a predisposition to Substance Use Disorders (SUD) to have an even greater struggle.

It is natural for people to fear change and to let go of addictive behaviors- as they serve a purpose. That is why it is crucial that when individuals do get sober that the underlying issues are also addressed. The thought of “getting sober” or cutting back on substance use can be overwhelming, because they have become part of a routine, reactive coping mechanism and escape from pain. Therefore, the thought of not having that outlet can be unimaginable.

Comprehensive addiction treatment is intended to take the “scare” out of recovery and to support clients through each phase of this process. While some individuals may need medical detox, others may not and could begin the treatment process. Another barrier that can cause many to avoid seeking help are the logistics and cost.

The In-Home Addiction Treatment model has been designed to take the “fear” out of treatment and to provide wrap-around services in a convenient delivery modality such as in person and/or virtual. This allows clients to continue working, attending school and living with their loved ones while seeking help. This model is a year in length and this can give clients time to adjust to all of the changes that inevitably occur in their lives. Additionally, there are several private insurance companies that cover this treatment model for the entire year of services.

Many healthcare professionals have grown cynical about the addiction treatment industry and unsure about which programs can be trusted even to work at. Now is the time to make a change and to get trained in the IHAT model through the IHAT Institute in CT, MA, NH, ME, RI, IN or FL. This model can restore your faith in true client-centered care that truly involves the family system.

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