Entering a drug rehabilitation program is a big step and it takes a lot of courage to make the leap. With all of the time, resources, emotion, and effort that will be invested in rehab, you want to make sure that you won’t have to repeat this process all over again because of a relapse. In order to have the best chance at success, you must be completely invested in your experience. Adhering to the following suggestions and approaching the process with a positive attitude will help ensure that you get the most out of your time in rehab.
Choose a Multi-Treatment Facility
Addiction is a multifaceted disease and its roots can extend into every area of your life. It’s rare that addiction is caused by only one factor and usually this disease needs to be combated on several fronts. Childhood trauma, unemployment, poverty, family discord, and a thousand other problems can be contributing to your addiction and they will all need to be addressed in order for you to be well again. Be sure to choose a rehab program that is equipped with staff and programs that are qualified to treat the whole person, not just the drug addiction.
Go Through Withdrawal under Supervision
Withdrawal occurs when a person who has formed an addiction to a drug does not have access or denies themselves access to the drug. The brain, which has become dependent on the drug, will begin sending out distress signals that can cause symptoms ranging from discomfort and annoyance to pain, nausea, and convulsions. Attempting to go through withdrawal on your own can be so difficult that it can lead to relapse. Even if you are able to weather withdrawal without professional help, you will feel tired and sick by the time you check into rehab, which isn’t the best way to start things out. You will be in the best position to begin your recovery process if you are at a professional facility, receiving help and medication as needed to manage your withdrawal symptoms, so you can start recovery feeling healthy and positive.
No two paths to recovery are the same and your team of therapists and other professionals will need to tailor your rehab program to meet your individual needs. Being open with them about what stresses you’re feeling, what’s working for you, what isn’t, and why will help them to have a better vantage point from which to help you. It may be difficult to be open about your personal feelings at first, but investing in communication is investing in yourself and in your future.
Stick With the Program
Although only a portion of your time in rehab will be spent with a therapist, you will need to be on duty 24/7 to make the most of your time there. Commit yourself to stay in rehab for the duration of your program, no matter what. Follow through with down-time assignments such as journal writing and reading. Spend time educating yourself on your particular type of addiction, what the pitfalls are, and how to combat them. Take your job in recovery seriously and do your best to live up to your end of the plan.
Rehab isn’t easy. You’re going to need help along the way and that’s okay. Attending group therapy sessions and connecting with others who are struggling with similar problems will help you to keep things in perspective and keep moving forward. Staying close with your family and allowing them to love and encourage you can give you the courage and sense of self-worth you need to keep going. Working with others to outline new life goals and plans will also give you something to strive for when you get home, so you can continue your progress there.
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