Because you may not know someone who has received mental health or substance abuse treatment, you may have some questions about what it is like. You may also have heard some things that just aren’t true. Here are some common misconceptions about treatment:
- If I need help, something is wrong with me. I must be broken or abnormal. Just like with physical illness, mental illness and addicition are medical problems. You wouldn’t say that someone who has cancer or the flu is broken.
- No one will understand my problem. I don’t deserve help. One in four American adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. That’s 25% of the population. There are many people who know what you are going through, and we are here to help. You deserve to feel healthy and whole.
- If I come in for an appointment, they will take me away. Involuntary commitment is extremely rare, particularly at first appointments. Just like a physician’s office, there are occasionally people who need to be taken to the ER. But most folks just go in for their regular treatment.
- They’ll put me on pills that will put me in a fog, and I’ll never be able to stop taking them. As with physical illnesses, some mental health disorders will require short- or long-term medication regimens. It can be an important part of treatment, but it should never make you feel like you’re not yourself or in control.
- If I just try harder, I won’t need treatment. Mental health and substance abuse treatment is for people who have an illness that deserves treatment, just as much as any other illness. It can’t be cured by trying harder or ignoring the problem.
- People will think less of me if I go to a therapist. At Centerstone, we work hard to combat this stigma every day. While we encourage our clients to talk to their loved ones and community members about their illness, we also respect our clients’ privacy. We will never reveal you receive treatment from us without your express permission. In fact, we can’t; it’s the law!
- Therapy is just a lot of talking; I can get the help I need from my friends. While a strong support system of friends and family is very important, there are things that we can help you with that your loved ones might not be able to. Our clinicians have extensive training and experience so they know all the tricky ways that your mental illness can trip you up and how to overcome your hurdles.
- If I get treatment, I’ll have to keep going forever. Our goal is always to get you back into your community as quickly as possible. We work hard to put ourselves out of a job. While some patients may need long-term treatment, many individuals just need a few weeks or months to deal with their problem.
- I can’t afford it. Most insurance providers will cover some form of mental health treatment; it may be less expensive than you think. For those without insurance or those whose insurance doesn’t cover mental health treatment, you may also apply for funds from our Client Assistance Fund. This is money generously donated to Centerstone specifically to pay for treatment for those who aren’t able to pay for it themselves.