Choosing to go to inpatient drug rehabilitation is a major step that few addicts take lightly. Just to get through the door, patients first need to accept that they have a problem. Then there are usually numerous steps involved in getting admitted and starting detox and treatment. One needs to be very serious and committed in order to get to this point, and even then starting rehab can be difficult. To make matters worse, many people have misconceptions about what rehab involves, and these distorted views about the process can make them doubly reluctant to get started.

If you have an addicted loved one or friend who is holding back from entering much-needed rehab, here are five useful points you can tell them.

  1. Inpatient drug rehabilitation is not one-size-fits-all. Many reluctant addicts have trouble entering rehab because they don’t think of themselves as the kind of person who does that sort of thing. What’s more, they may hold the mistaken view that rehab is the same for everyone. But the fact is that there is no single approach to rehab, and most quality facilities tailor their programs to the individual needs of each patient. No one is turned away; everyone is welcome.
  2. Inpatient drug rehabilitation doesn’t have to be expensive. No doubt there are some expensive luxury drug rehab programs out there, but for most people, getting clean doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Plus, many insurance providers cover at least some aspects of treatment.
  3. Addicts do not have to hit rock bottom before seeking recovery. Some addicts go years and years without ever hitting rock bottom, and addiction can destroy one’s life without ever becoming outwardly severe. An addiction is an addiction, and there’s no wrong time to start undergoing treatment.
  4. Treatment facilities are not dismal places. Don’t believe everything you see in the movies. Most modern inpatient drug rehabilitation facilities are warm and welcoming places with positive environments. Sure, rehab often involves facing bad feelings during the early stages, but the whole point of seeking treatment is to make this difficult time as easy and pain-free as possible. Modern treatment programs are quite good at this.
  5. Failing to recover once does not mean you will fail again. If your addicted friend or loved one has negative associations with inpatient drug rehabilitation due to a failed attempt to quit in the past, remind them that one failure does not guarantee future failure. In fact, many addicts have to go through the process multiple times before it sticks. This is a common phenomenon. Think of it as a practice-makes-perfect sort of thing.