It is difficult to admit when we need help. It’s even harder to say, “I have a problem.” Change is terrifying. The good thing is that treatment for our addictions does not have to be tackled alone. Support can be a very beneficial tool, especially when it includes trained professionals.

How Do I know If I Have a Substance Use Disorder?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is the main tool that mental health practitioners utilize to diagnosis whether an individual has a substance use disorder. Some symptoms of a substance use disorder include:

  • Engaging in substance use of higher amounts, or over a longer timespan, than originally intended.
  • A strong desire to use mind-altering substances coupled with unsuccessful attempts to decrease drug or alcohol intake.
  • An extensive amount of time is spent between searching for, using, and healing from the effects of alcohol or drug use.
  • An all-encompassing want to use an identified substance, including alcohol. An individual with this mindset does not consider the pros and cons nor the consequences of use. Utilizing the substance is the main thing the individual is focused upon.
  • The utilization of alcohol or drugs hinders educational and occupational performance. It affects one’s home life and relationships (family, significant other, or friends). The use increases the chance of incurring legal problems. It can highlight, or increase, underlying psychological or physical difficulties.
  • The need for more becomes stronger and withdrawal symptoms happen when the substance is leaving one’s body.
  • Drinking and using is no longer “fun.” Instead, it is sought out by an addict or alcoholic to avoid, or stop, withdrawal symptoms.

What Can an Alternative Treatment Center Do for My Addiction?

5 Reasons to Go to Rehab

Why go to rehab, detox, or an alternative treatment center? Addiction is not a discriminatory disease. It affects people of all ages and genders, as well as those of any ethnicity, culture, and religion. It destroys many aspects of our life that we may need assistance to change. Here are a few reasons to consider attending an alternative treatment center:

  1. Continued drug and alcohol use have an adverse effect on our brains. These alterations can be seen in MRIs and play into how difficult quitting illicit substances and alcohol truly can be.
  2. Treatment will aid you in changing your not-so-positive behaviors. It will allow you to learn healthy, sober coping skills and techniques to aid in maintaining sobriety.
  3. Talk therapy encourages you to change your attitude regarding substance use. Often, it is our attitude that keeps us in the vicious cycle of active addiction. Therapy helps us to mend our relationships.
  4. You may have experienced a relapse. Relapses are not always a part of the recovery cycle. However, they can happen. You may need a refresher course on positive life and coping techniques, or a better understanding of your triggers and how they increase your substance use and mental health symptoms.
  5. Alternative treatment centers, such as Discovery Place, can hook you up with support groups and a basic understanding of 12-Step programs. Having positive, sober support is essential to your continued sobriety.

There are many reasons to seek treatment for your substance use disorder. Whether you are just starting with your experimentation and are worried that it could lead to addiction, or you are struggling with using or drinking too much or too often, you may need outside help. If you desire to gain new skills for the maintenance of your sobriety, treatment could be of advantage to you.

Help Obtaining Sobriety is Closer Than You Think

Discovery Place in Burns, Tennessee has many programs that are perfect for you and your family. Our trained professionals are available any day, any time to speak with you about your substance use help needs. Don’t wait another day! Our alternative treatment center is just a phone call away at 1-800-725-0922.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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