You’re going to drug and alcohol treatment to get sober, but you know the statistics, and you know that rehab is not a guarantee of sobriety. But you want to give it the best shot, and to do that, here are 10 ways to help you get the most out of treatment.
Focus on Recovery
Life happens, and it continues to happen even when you’re in treatment. Instead of focusing on what’s going on in the outside world, let it go for now and put your full focus on recovery and getting sober. Do you need addiction treatment? Call 800-481-6320Who Answers? today.
Be Willing to Learn
It doesn’t matter how smart you think you are, everyone’s capable of learning more, and psycho-education has shown to help improve an addict’s ability to remain sober. While in treatment, focus on learning all you can about your drug of choice and addiction, improving your odds of recovery.
Work on You
Actively participating in group meetings will help you to get the most out of treatment.
Sometimes people search for distractions so they don’t have to deal with the uncomfortable, but doing that is what led you down the road to addiction. Instead of focusing on other people and worrying about what’s going on at home, let all of that go and work on improving yourself, as it’s one of the only things within your control.
It’s easy to let your mind wonder, but mindfulness is becoming a more and more important aspect to recovery as well as drug and alcohol treatment. Focusing on the present helps you let go of the past, stop worrying about the future, and allows you to focus on today.
Follow the Rules
Yes, you’re an adult, and yes, following the rules sometimes sucks, but you’ve got to do it. And doing it in rehab shows you’re willing to grow up and do what you’re supposed to do. Understand the rules are there for a reason, and even if you don’t agree with them, you should abide by them.
Be Receptive to Change
When you’re in drug and alcohol treatment, you need to be receptive to change, because what you’ve been doing obviously isn’t working. Be open to suggestions your rehab center makes, as well as those given by your counselor, other staff, and patients.
One of the key principles of the 12-step programming is that people don’t get sober alone. And while that’s not always necessarily the case, most do need some level of support. That’s why you need to accept help when it’s offered, even if that means swallowing your pride.
If you want to get over your addiction, you’re going to have to start trusting people, and the best place to start is in treatment. Your therapist and support team are there to help you get better, and that is something you can trust in.
Getting sober isn’t easy and if you want to get the most out of your drug and alcohol treatment, you’re going to have to commit to it. Chances are you’ve given your addiction years of your life, so you can commit three months to getting sober before giving up on it.
If you want to get better, you’ve got to work the program and that includes participating in treatment. You’ve got to go to groups and share. You’ve got to let your counselor know what’s going on. You’ve got to go meetings and work the steps. Do these things and recovery will come.
If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, call 800-481-6320Who Answers? for help.
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