4 Common Rehab Myths

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Substance abuse treatment and rehab are often misunderstood due to reality shows, social media and stories about celebrities.

Entertainment news headlines often feature stories about celebrities that have entered rehab facilities for one reason or another. There are even reality TV shows about substance abuse treatment centers. But are these really accurate depictions of what rehab is like? And is rehab something out of reach for most people?

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Rehab and substance abuse treatment is a mystery to many people. For one thing, not everyone feels comfortable discussing drug and alcohol abuse, which means rehab can sometimes seem like it’s cloaked in secrecy.

The good news is that much of what you may have heard about rehab is misleading. Here are four common myths about rehab.

Myth #1: Only Celebrities and the Wealthy Can Afford Rehab

The term “rehab” derives its name from rehabilitation, and often “residential rehabilitation,” which describes an inpatient treatment center. However, rehab programs vary widely, and the best rehab treatment plan is the one best suited to you.

Furthermore, rehab is not limited to the rich and famous. There are excellent options for a variety of budgets, and many insurance plans cover the cost of treatment. At Summit Behavioral Health, we offer both outpatient and residential treatment plans, as well as medical detox.

Myth #2: Rehab Is a Last Resort

You don’t have to exhaust all other options or complete a series of steps to be eligible for rehab, nor does your addiction disorder have to pass a so-called severity test before you are approved for treatment.

Alcohol and drug abuse affects everyone differently. Many successful people struggle with addiction, and there are many people who manage to run households and hold down a demanding job while struggling with alcohol or drug abuse. They are just as deserving of help as anyone else. You don’t need to delay treatment until you have lost your job or your home.

Myth #3: Detox Is Painful and Makes You Sick

In cases of serious drug or alcohol dependence, quitting on your own may not be safe. In some cases, the withdrawal symptoms are intolerable and even dangerous to your health. Medical detox is a way to manage the withdrawal process at a safe and reasonable pace that alleviates pain and provides mental and physical support.

Myth #4: Undergoing Rehab Can Jeopardize Your Job or Your Custody Rights

Many people fear that going through with a rehab plan will result in being fired from their job. For people with young children, they worry that a history of rehab on their health record will jeopardize their ability to raise their children.

Federal law—specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act—guarantees workers the time off they need to attend to a serious medical issue. These laws also prohibit employers for firing workers for obtaining treatment.

Similarly, the majority of state courts have adopted a “best interests of the child” standard for child custody and visitation that require courts to decide child custody matters with the child’s best interests in mind. No child is well-served by having a parent who refuses to get help for a substance abuse disorder. On the contrary, a parent’s decision to get help and appropriate treatment demonstrates that the parent is actively engaged in providing a stable, loving home and environment for the child.



Staff Writer

Serenity at Summit employs a diverse staff of writers that share a common passion for helping those who are struggling with substance abuse find the care they need. With years of experience in the substance abuse treatment industry and decades of experience in writing and research, our team of writers constantly strive to present accurate and helpful information that is easily digestible and encourages people to seek help.