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Do I Need Rehab?

by bridget
(usa)

I am a 15 year old female and I have been drinking for a number of years. Not up until two years ago did I start binge drinking though. I have smoked weed too and overdosed twice. I drink by myself to numb my feeling and try to run away from my problems.


I live in a town where literally everyone drinks, smokes and has sex - and honestly I always say that I need to stop and then the next day I'm drunk again. My parents don't know the extent of my problem but I am scared to tell them especially because I dont want them to have to pay for rehab.

I already see a therapist and he said one more time in the hospital and you're going to rehab well last night was the next time ... do u think I actually need rehab?

Alcoholism-and-Drug-Addiction-Help.com Answer



Any form of professional treatment is a good idea, but the major benefit of rehab is the focused and specialised treatment it provides someone who has a drug or alcohol problem. So if it's reached the point that even your therapist is recommending you need it, then you should definitely listen.

The first step in overcoming issues with alcohol or drugs is always honesty - honesty with yourself first and foremost, which then also extends to being totally honest with those you love. It takes courage and strength to be able to admit to our shortcomings, but it's an essential component to healing and getting well.

So while the idea of admitting to what's going on with you to your parents is frightening, and they probably won't be happy when you tell them, they no doubt love you and will want to do what they can to help. And since they're the people in the best position to make sure you get the help you need, and can help get you into rehab, you need to speak to them.

You've got your whole life ahead of you, why waste it? You've got a chance now to make some changes and turn your life around - take all the help you can get. So if you can get yourself into an addiction treatment program, go for it.

And if you can't, look at other programs that can help. Life is short, don't waste it. Learn from this and commit to becoming the best possible person you can be. If you do, you'll be a better person for having gone through this.

All the Best

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