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When to Seek Rehab

by Jessica B. August 7th, 2013 | Mental Health
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rehabIf Hollywood was any sort of measuring stick, you would be certain that everyone and their mother was checking into rehab on a regular basis. Exhaustion, stress, addiction…the answer to any public scandal these days is a stint in rehab. But if you are a person out of the headlines, and who will have to be arguing with their insurance company about payment, getting expensive in-patient treatment can be a complicated and lengthy affair. Here is how you know it may be time to do so.

1) Professional advice – If your trusted mental health provider, or even your general practitioner, recommends that rehab may be the best place for you to make a complete recovery, you should start investigating your options. Listen to their reasons, and consider the hospitals that they recommend for treatment. If they feel in-patient is the best key to your success, do not try to switch to outpatient unless you are having trouble getting insurance coverage. There could be many benefits to in-patient treatment you would miss out on by switching.

2) Intervention – If your family is worried enough to hold an intervention on your behalf, this may be a good time to check into in-patient treatment. This is a sign that things may have gone over to a dark place that you have tried to ignore. Your first instinct may be to agree to treatment, but then back out at the last minute. Try to wait until you begin treatment before making decisions about it. And speak with a professional if you remain unsure. If you are still doubtful, remember that there is no harm in trying treatment before deciding if you want to continue.

3) Own initiative – Many treatment centers welcome patients under their own initiative, but you will need to be evaluated by a professional before being accepted into a program. If you want to do this with a professional you know, speak to your therapist or psychiatrist about getting a referral. Remember that if you want your insurance to cover your stay, you need to make sure you fulfill all of their qualifying factors.

4) Against your will – Unlike what Hollywood movies often show, it is very difficult to have anyone admitted to a treatment program without agreeing to it. You need to be evaluated by an independent professional. Your loved ones cannot force you unless they go through proper channels, which involve getting court permission. If you are afraid of someone committing you against your will, make sure you make it known that you do not wish to go through in-patient treatment.

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