What Is the Cost of NOT Going to Treatment – Part I

In this five part series, the Sober Living by the Sea blog will explore some common misconceptions of people who are in need of treatment and refuse to get help for a variety of reasons.

Sober Living by the Sea has learned that there is a greater cost associated with not going to treatment than there is to receiving treatment. Of course, our team of admissions experts has twenty three years of experience assessing various individual’s situations and can help find the appropriate level of care for you or your loved one whether or not it is in one of our facilities or not.

What Is the Cost of NOT Going to Treatment?

Part I: “I Don’t Have Time to Get Help with My Substance Abuse Problem or Eating Disorder”

Sober Living by the Sea has been treating men and women for alcoholism, drug addiction, and eating disorders for over twenty three years in Southern California. During that time thousands of individuals have come here to confront the chemical dependency or eating disorder that is ruining their lives.

The decision to come to treatment is a critical one that sets in motion a chain of events that can heal the lives of the person in need of treatment and their entire support system of loved ones and family members. Sadly, attitudes of denial and fear of making a change can cause men and women to lose momentum and decide not to receive the help being offered by our staff of clinicians.

Treatment Is an Investment in Yourself

We have been surprised through the years at how often the excuse is given by the person in need of treatment that they “don’t have the time” to dedicate to changing their lives. In 90 days of residential treatment (the most commonly recommended minimum stay for an effective treatment program)a person can get the tools to begin a new life free from the chains of addiction or an eating disorder. Sober Living does have treatment programs that allow men and women to receive:

  • residential treatment while working
  • residential treatment and attend college
  • outpatient treatment and live at home

If you contemplate the time currently spent procuring drugs and alcohol, and how much time the user loses being under the influence it will not be long until the 90 days of treatment seems to be a very wise decision.

Also, keep in mind that addiction is a progressive disease and when you project into the future you must consider that the time and quality of life lost actively engaging in addictive drug or alcohol use will increase and the quality of the individual’s life will become even less than it currently is.

If the individual is engaging in illegal activities (or even occasionally driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) the time that could be lost to the correctional system can dwarf the recommended 90 days of treatment.

In the coming days, the Sober Living by the Sea blog will address more about the potential for an individual to lose much time to legal woes. Also discussed will be the health effects of engaging actively in an addiction or eating disorder as well as the toll that it takes on families and loved ones.

The Good News – There Is Help Available and You Are Not Alone

If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs, an alcoholic drinker, or suffering from an eating disorder, you are not alone. Millions of people struggle with addiction and eating disorders and the treatment available from centers like ours has never been better. The important thing is not to suffer in silence and do nothing, but take action and pick up the phone.