Going to Rehab
The good news is that you have decided to enter a treatment program for your addiction. The bad news — is that you have decided to enter a treatment program for addiction. This was probably not an easy decision to make and is truly a double edged sward. The fact that you are getting help for a deadly disease is good; the fact that you need recovery from a deadly disease is bad.
Most people do not get to a place where they consider entering rehab unless they are having significant problems as a result of their addiction. The best part of this scenario is that you are taking responsibility for yourself and getting the help you need. This can improve your life immeasurably and perhaps even save it.
Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your addiction rehab experience, and minimize your risk for relapse.
Cultivate a Positive Attitude
Attitude is everything and cultivating a positive attitude when going to drug or alcohol rehab can make all the difference in the world. If you attempt to enter rehab with a “poor me” attitude, it will just prolong your misery and delay your recovery. However, if you look at this as a great opportunity to learn something new and keep an open mind, the result of your rehab stay can be life changing. It could essentially change your life—forever!
Don’t balk the system. Your way has not worked so well up till now, so why not try a new one? You will have to get used to being told what to do, being supervised and following rules, all designed for your safety and success.
Take Advantage of the Program Elements
Each treatment center offers and is comprised of different program elements. For instance, a treatment center like Balboa Horizons offers individual and group recovery counseling as part of the program outline. When participating in the counseling sessions, try to be as honest and forth coming as possible.
There is no point in trying to make yourself look better than you are, and that attitude could prevent you from receiving a revelation important to your recovery. Keep in mind that the counselors are expert in the field of addiction treatment, and have pretty much seen it all. When you attend group counseling pay attention – listen and try to be empathetic to others, just as you would have them do for you.
If the program you are attending is a 12 step based treatment program, get a Big Book and start reading it in your free time. Make a decision to work through the steps whether it makes sense to you now or not. The entire program curriculum is designed to educate you about your disease, why you have it, and how to overcome it. When you get committed to your recovery success that is more than half the battle. Take it one day at a time and relax. This time is for you; realize that you are worth it!
Going into drug or alcohol rehab with a positive mind set, while deciding to take advantage of all the treatment center has to offer and staying committed will put you on a path for a lifetime of sobriety.