Weighing Costs and Benefits of Going to Rehab

Weighing Costs and Benefits of Going to Rehab

Whether or not an individual should go to rehab is an extremely huge and significant decision, and not one that can be made lightly. It marks a turning point in an individual’s life, it will cause disruption their life and the lives of people around them, not to mention cost a lot of money. All this for the uncertainty that rehab will work in the way the individual hopes. It’s no wonder then that individuals can take their time making that decision, and change their minds, before finally deciding to take that step.

So how can the individual know whether going to rehab is the right decision for them? While it is a purely personal decision – no one else can tell anyone what’s right for them – there are still ways to structure thoughts and weigh out the pros and cons of entering rehab.

Decisional Balancing

This is a tool that’s often used by mental health professionals and substance abuse counselors to help their clients make difficult decisions about behavioral changes. A decision like going to rehab is one that would change the course of the individual’s life and make a lasting impact is not a simple one to make. The individual might be wondering if they are even ready to make that change or whether it will make matters better. Plus there can be barriers such as financial difficulties which can further complicate making the decision.

Decisional balancing exercises help the individual identify all the pros and cons that surround any major decision making. Once the individual has identified the pros and cons of both, taking the action and not taking the action, and written them down, they have a structured framework that can be used to make the decision. In doing so, an impossible decision becomes easier, and sometimes even turns into an obvious choice.

Decisional Balancing Example Chart

Let’s look at the case of whether or not an individual should go into rehab. To make a decision, the individual should draw a table with 4 squares on a piece of paper. Each square is labelled with one of the following titles:

Benefits of Going to Rehab

Costs of Going to Rehab

Benefits of Not Going to Rehab

Costs of Not Going to Rehab

The table would look something like this. Under each title, the individual would put down examples of likely costs and benefits. Below is an example.

Benefits of Going to Rehab

Will be able to detox safely and feel healthier right away

Costs of Going to Rehab

Hard to find enough money to pay for it

Benefits of Not Going to Rehab

Will save a lot of money

Costs of Not Going to Rehab

Might lose my job from showing up hung-over all the time

An individual struggling with whether or not to take that step into rehab, or debating any major life change can clarify things for themselves with a simple decisional balancing exercise. It doesn’t take long and doesn’t cost money. And if the individual finds that it still hasn’t helped them in making a decision, then all they have lost is a few minutes of their time. However, it is more than likely that filling out the decisional balancing chart will show the individual the right course of action for them, even if they don’t take that step immediately.

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