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Making the Most of Your Time at Treatment

February 15, 2017 - - 0 Comments

time at addiction treatment centerSo you’ve finally made the very courageous decision to go to an addiction treatment center.  It’s a huge step forward towards learning how to live a better life.  Your days at a treatment center will be filled with an array of learning opportunities, both individual and group therapy, as well as activities that challenge your prior routine and keep you on the road to recovery.  How much you recover and how long you stay sober post treatment depends on what you put into it.  Be active and get the most out of your own recovery by following tips below:

Tip #1 – Stay Focused

You are not at rehab to take a break from your life, you are there because your life became completely unmanageable.  It’s easy to lose sight of what got you there in the first place. Keep your eyes on the prize – a long, happy life is possible with effort.

Tip #2 – Speak Up/Ask Questions

You don’t have to simply let the program guide you alone, you should seek to actively interact with any activity you are engaged with while you are there.   Speak up in group meetings.  This is your opportunity to process your feelings and explore the reasons for why your life became so out of control.  Not only do you benefit when you speak, but you empower others to speak up also, especially in group therapy or AA meetings.  The more you share, the more you own your addiction and realize that there are many people out there just like you, with many of the same struggles and experiences. Sharing and interacting is so effective in helping with your recovery, that it is highly stressed by drug and alcohol treatment centers nationwide.

Tip #3 – Be Honest

You’ve had your time to lie already, as you did so repeatedly throughout your addiction.  Being honest is an important part of leading a clean life, and a very big part of getting clean.  If you cannot be honest with yourself, you will not be able to stay clean once you complete your program.

Tip #4 – Be Present and Mindful

Selfishness is one of the negative traits at the heart of each addict.  Instead, we now have the opportunity to care for others, which includes listening to and being aware of others around you and how they might be feeling. This means paying attention and staying engaged.  You could spend all of the rehab worrying about what you are going to do once you get out, or you can stay in the moment and a part of what’s happening around you. You liked when others did it for you, now do it for others.

Tip #5 – Engage with Your Therapist

In most addiction treatment centers, you are assigned a personal therapist to help you work through your personal issues.  Trust them.  While group sessions are great, personal therapy is where a lot of the dirty work gets done.  This is when you should be sharing the most, being the most honest, and asking the most questions.

Tip #6 – When Things Get Tough, Take it Easy

You are going to have some good days where you feel like you can conquer the world and other days where you want to give up.  Stay the course.  It’s alright. It’s going to happen in life the same way once you exit rehab so learn to live with it. There is never anything like a quick fix in rehab.  It takes time but put in the work, and you will be rewarded.

Tip #7 – Take Time for Yourself

You’ll likely make some friends in rehab and that’s great, and encouraged.  Many people who exit rehab maintain lifelong friendships with some of the other patients.  But, during down time, it’s OK to spend time alone, sometimes you may be going through a lot and just need a break. Many people like to keep daily journals to chronicle their journey and sort out their feelings.

Rehab is your once in a lifetime opportunity to work on yourself for an extended period of time.  It is a gift, and up to you to make the most of it.

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