Going to rehab can feel like a big commitment, and it is always going to be possible to find excuses for not taking this step. You may also still feel confident that you can sort out your own problems, so you don’t see the need for an inpatient program. Here are 5 things you need to consider before choosing not to go to rehab:

1. Rehab Offers More than Physical Sobriety

For most people caught up in addiction, the real problem isn’t stopping the behaviour but staying stopped. The goal of rehab isn’t just to get you physically sober, but to give you the tools to create a life where you no longer feel the need to abuse these substances.

If you try to go it alone, you may be able to stop for a few weeks or months, but if you still struggle to cope with things, you are going to be at high risk of relapse.

2. Terminal Uniqueness is Deadly

It is common for those caught up in addiction to develop a condition known as ‘terminal uniqueness’. This is where you become convinced that you are the exception to the rule – you may agree that rehab is a good option for other people, but you are convinced it just isn’t necessary in your case. This condition is called ‘terminal’ uniqueness because thinking this way gets people killed.

3. Most Solo Attempts at Recovery Never Make it Beyond Withdrawals

The likelihood of relapse reduces the longer you are able to stay sober – if you make it to 4 years, your relapse risk falls to about 15 per cent. The time when you are most likely to return to alcohol or drugs is during the first few weeks of recovery, but by entering a rehab program, you significantly increase your chances of success.

4. This Could Be Your Last Chance

Your current willingness to end addiction is a precious commodity, and you need to make the most of this opportunity for change. If you fail to get sober now, there is no guarantee that there will be more chances later on. You need to act as if this is your last opportunity for sobriety, and going to rehab can mean you make the most of it.

5. Rehab is an Investment in Your Future

Choosing a private rehab may require spending a bit of money, but this can be the best investment you’ll ever make. Imagine how much better your life is going to be once you stop drinking or using drugs. The money you’ll save by not using these substances will quickly pay for any rehab expense.