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It’s a disease.
Unfortunately, attending a rehab centre is not a one-step solution to ‘cure’ you from addictive behaviours.
This is because addiction is both an illness, and often a tool we (consciously or unconsciously) use to numb uncomfortable feelings in the present.
If a rehab facility does promise this ‘curing’ method, they are likely more focused on profit than their actual ability to help individuals recover.
Therefore you should seek treatment elsewhere.
However, if a facility is open and honest about the path of recovery, they should acknowledge that rehab is just one stepping stone, which (if done correctly) can provide a framework and support system which will help you in managing addiction long after you end your stay.
“72.3% of our visitors achieved long-term recovery and abstinence from all substances.”
Your expectations for the standard of rehabilitation centre you choose should be high. However, the success of your treatment will also depend on some work and commitment from your side.
Learn more about experiential therapies here. Below are some tips on what you can expect pre-residency and how you can make the most of your time in rehab:
Keep in mind what brought you there
While you should expect moments of pain (physical and emotional aspects of withdrawal), denial, reluctance, anger, depression etc, you should keep in mind the reason why you are there.
When you are feeling bad it is easy to shut down and lose sight of your intentions: to end the addictive cycle and regain power over whatever vice you feel is currently controlling you.
Admit you need help, be honest with yourself and others
Sobriety can often induce a lot of inner conflict for substance dependents. If you have used alcohol/drugs as a tool to manage issues in your life for a long time, it can often take a while to undo these connections.
Accept that you need help and that coming to rehab is a positive step for you towards a better life. Regardless of how long your programme is, accept that you have made a commitment to yourself and follow the rules and requirements of your programme as best as you can.
Ask for help: Talk to a therapist for a private and confidential chat.
Admitting that you are substance-dependent is not easy, committing to rehab is not easy, uncovering repressed feelings and emotions that may have contributed to your addiction is not easy, being separated from your family and friends is not easy, going through the physical symptoms of withdrawal is not easy and speaking up in group therapy… is not easy!
Thankfully, you have already taken one of the biggest steps – which is admitting that you have a problem and something needs to change.
You have already taken the first step to regaining your life back.
Moving forward, it is best to accept from the get-go that things will be tough, and rather than resisting this discomfort, try to move through it as best as you can, motivated by the ultimate end goal which is having your life back.
Although holistic approaches to treatment work best (incorporating multiple types of therapy, exercise, nutrition) many people feel reluctant towards things they have never tried before or do not believe they will work for them.
Trying new things can be uncomfortable, especially in an already emotionally intense situation.
However, your stay will improve and your treatment will be no doubt more effective if you can sustain an open mind in regards to what will help you.
Try to remain in the moment
A tired cliche – but one that must be followed. When people come to rehab and are met with challenges such as “never drinking again,” this can be overwhelming and unmanageable.
Instead, the best solution is to take things day by day, focusing on the specific task or activity you are doing, rather than worrying about tomorrow, or the next day, or the day when you do return to your normal life.
A good rehab programme will support you from the time you first request interest until you tell them you no longer need their help, which can be long after your final day at the facility.
Accept bad days and make sure you are willing to get better
Recovery is about addressing the areas in your life that are causing you pain and shifting your attention towards targeting these problems and subsequently improving your life, rather than focusing solely on removing the addictive substance from your life.
However, this re-programming of your thought patterns and lifestyle takes time and commitment, and there will, undoubtedly, be bad days throughout the journey.
Thankfully, finding a support programme means you do not have to endure these days alone – but it is vital that you are willing to go through the bad days to reach somewhere better.
Don’t expect a quick fix
There is, unfortunately, no “quick fix” when treating substance abuse.
An esteemed, reliable programme gives you the opportunities to discuss and work through your issues in a safe and supportive environment.
Rehab is the starting point towards reshaping your life, rather than a short stay designed to “heal” you.
Do some preparation in advance
Since you will have access to many treatments when you attend your chosen facility, it can be helpful to begin to think about the kind of things you may want to discuss when you meet with a professional.
If you don’t have experience targeting these issues, you may want to make some notes in a journal about memories, situations or people that typically elicit feelings of anxiety, anger, depression or fear.
This gives you a starting point when you do meet with a therapist.
Be easy on yourself
Addiction is an illness. If you have been affected to the extent that you are now considering rehab, you have most likely been through a lot.
Managing a substance dependency alongside family commitments, work, social life and other responsibilities is exhausting, and it is likely you have experienced or are experiencing burnout to some degree, both mentally and physically.
While in rehab, try not to expect too much from yourself.
Be kind to yourself and give yourself the time and space to heal. Many issues can develop during drug and alcohol addiction, and it can take some time to work through those issues and make the necessary changes.
Commit to the programme
Being offered the time away from “real life” means you are entitled to focus solely on you and your healing.
The time you will spend in rehab is a tiny fraction of your life, and you are entitled to take this time completely for yourself, without concern overwork or family obligations.
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Last Updated on December 2, 2021 by Alison