Substance abuse impacts the lives of many millions of Americans. For those who want it and are ready, though, help is available. Every day, individuals across the nation enter treatment programs with a fresh sense of hope at kicking their addictions and leaving them behind, moving toward a happy and healthy life. Entering a substance abuse treatment center is the first step toward recovery, but getting the most out of treatment requires commitment and effort.
Nothing worth having comes easily, and recovering from a substance addiction is particularly challenging. Doctors, therapists, and other residential staff can only do so much. Each person must be ready and willing to put in the work toward making their recovery successful. However, with the right program and right attitude, we can get you back on your feet and working toward living your best life. The following habits and mindsets are three of the most crucial necessities for completing a successful stay at a substance abuse treatment center.
Follow the Rules (even when you don’t like them)
Rehabilitation centers function on a tight schedule and fairly vigorous rules. Often times, clients enter the treatment center with their lives in chaos or turmoil, and establishing a set structure has been proven to be beneficial for everyone involved. This change in lifestyle will certainly be a challenge for many addicts. Groups and individual therapy are mandatory, but some clients are surprised to find out that cell phones, computers, and unmediated contact with the outside media is forbidden. This is for the safety of all clients staying at the center, as seemingly minor details on social media or the TV can trigger a person to relapse. It should also be known that drugs and alcohol are not allowed in the treatment centers.
The schedule of the day has been meticulously structured to allow each client to have the opportunity to get the most out of each day. Although it can be challenging to follow all of the rules, spending time at a treatment center presents a great opportunity for clients to learn to manage their behavior and form positive relationships with those around them. It’s tough to do this if you’re breaking the rules and causing problems for other people.
Accepting Responsibility for Your Behavior and Committing to the Process in Treatment
Sobriety often brings about an inner conflict in addicts. Giving in to these grievances and annoyances, though, will not make your stay more productive. By accepting that you are in this situation because you need help, you are more empowered to take advantage of the great life improvement opportunities at hand. This may be the only opportunity that you get to take a break from life, to focus on yourself, and to get help healing. Make this commitment to yourself, and your stay is bound to be more successful.
Learn to be Honest and Accept that You Need Help
Accept that you need help. This is perhaps the most difficult step in recovery, but by agreeing to be admitted to a substance abuse program, you’ve already overcome half of the trek. When things become trying- while discussing potentially difficult and hurtful memories in therapy or craving your substance of choice, for example – it is imperative to be honest with yourself. It is not uncommon for people to start to feel badly duringoutpatient rehabilitation, craving their substance and certain elements of their pre-treatment life. Remind yourself why you are there. Be honest about how the state of your life was before you arrived, and stay focused on the reasons that made you accept that you needed help when you are feeling like giving up.
Remember from the tip above: it is not easy. Dishonesty runs rampant when the brain and body are addicted to a substance, and trying to become clean of said substance requires (often painful) honesty with oneself. Give yourself room to let go of the lies, manipulation, and deception, allowing for growth and reform. Healing never begins from a place of dishonesty in any situation, and this is particular true when recovering from addiction.
Be Present, Be Patient, Be Focused
This could be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, experiences of your life. It will only be the latter if you put forth your best efforts into every step of the process. Oftentimes, you may become overwhelmed. In these moments, it’s critical to stay in the moment, focusing on what is happening in the here and now. Both group and individual therapy, as well as daily stimuli, is likely to elicit emotional responses that may not always be pleasant. These are likely to occur for the remainder of your life, as you cannot erase the past. You must be prepared to have bad days, complete both highs and lows. Take a deep breath, meditate, and focus. Being present is an invaluable tool that will allow you to conquer and overcome these moments of pain and sorrow, sticking to the healthy path you have chosen for yourself.
Recovery is not a one-and-done race with a finish line. It is a constant process. This is too much for the mind to take on at once. Focus on the moment and what you can improve now. Be patient, giving yourself the freedom to grow, develop, and recover at your own pace. If you judge your progress based on another’s, you are only setting yourself up for failure. Keep an open mind, be gentle yet honest with yourself, and accept the help that is being offered by committing to being honest- you’d be surprised how quickly your life can improve.
Substance abuse treatment counselors and staff are there to answer your questions and provide you with guidance and tools, as long as you know that, in the end, you are responsible for doing the work. Think you’re ready to get started? Our counselors are ready 24 hours per day. Call us now at 800-723-7376