Admitting yourself into a drug rehab center is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. It is also a life-saving and life-affirming one, so do not sell yourself short with half an experience. Make the most of your time in treatment and your chance of success will grow.
If treatment is in your future, here are a few ways to enjoy all of the benefits of drug rehab and use them to build a new life.
Do Not Be in a Hurry
Addiction did not happen overnight. Recovery does not either. It is natural to want a solution right away. That is especially true if you have wrestled with the decision to enter a drug rehab center for a while. But your body and mind need time to adjust, reprogram, and learn new things.
Rehab teaches new skills, helps you learn how to deal with setbacks, helps improve your physical health, offers counseling and family therapy, and a host of other steps and processes. Do not try to rush through it. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine explains that recovering addicts often try to skip steps, which leads to relapse.
Participate in Group Therapy Sessions
One of the most important things a recovering addict can do is cut ties with old friends who do not want to leave drugs behind. Rehab group therapy connects you with people who are on the same or a similar journey. Instead of pulling you down, group therapy sessions help lift you up.
Group therapy offers a combination of peer-based challenge and support. Participating in group sessions helps keep you on track, gives you the opportunity to learn from the successes of others, and works in concert with individual therapy as a well-rounded treatment option.
Ask for and Accept Family Support
Addiction usually sets the tone for strained family relationships. It might feel uncomfortable to reach out to the people who have been hurt by addiction, but the importance of family support cannot be overstated.
Drug rehab might feel isolating, at least some of the time. That is because you need time to heal, both physically and emotionally. Family support plays an important role in long-term recovery. When you have reached a point in treatment where it is time to reach out, take that step and grow stronger.
Learn New Coping Skills
There is so much more to addiction recovery than letting go of the substance that has captured your attention and your life for so long. In fact, detox is only the first step; recovery comes after. Unfortunately, without new skills to deal with cravings, situational pressure, and other triggers, a relapse might come quickly.
The skills you learn might include these and many others:
- Keeping a journal
- Talking through recovery struggles
- Transforming anger or depression into gratitude
Recovery is not a straightforward process. It is multifaceted, with each aspect supporting the other. The more coping skills you learn in treatment, the better your chances of success outside of treatment become.
Rehab involves a number of things working together in a treatment program to help you find a healthy life that is free from addictive substances. To make the most of your time in rehab, immerse yourself in the experience, stay involved, and emerge a healthier person with a lifetime of recovery to which to look forward.
If you or someone you love is suffering from an addiction, Orlando Recovery Center is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about admissions.
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