You’ve made the hardest decision of your life and are about to enter a rehab program to overcome an addiction. This is a decision you won’t regret if you have the right mindset during your time in treatment. Since this is your first step toward a healthy, sober life, you want to make the most of your time in the program. Part of the process involves getting prepared for your stay and knowing what a typical day in rehab is like. To help you make the most of rehab, we have compiled a few tips that have helped others succeed in recovery.
Make the Most of Rehab for Yourself
Research shows that people who attempt sobriety on their own usually relapse, time after time. You don’t want to become one of those statistics. Stay focused on your reasons for being in the program and remain determined to make the most of rehab for yourself.
One way to stay focused is to think about what you accomplished today. Don’t worry about what will happen next week or next month or five years from now. Recovery is a journey you take one day at a time, one milestone at a time. Here are a few more tips you’ll find useful:
Remember why you are in the program…
It’s no secret. Rehab is tough. You’ll have good days and bad days. The important thing is to never forget why you are there. It’s not about making someone else happy. It’s not about punishment. You’re in rehab because you want a better life. But, you need professional help to achieve your goal of sober living for the long-term.
Be patient and reward your accomplishments…
It’s important not to compare yourself to others in the program. Each person must grow and heal at their own pace. What works for one person may not be right for you. You don’t have a deadline to reach. Take the time you need to get the most out of the experience. Also, don’t hesitate to give yourself a pat on the back from time to time as you reach another goal.
Prepare for good days and bad days…
As with everything else in life, recovery has its ups and downs. Some days, you’ll be on top of the world, excited about your progress. Then, without warning, you’ll find yourself wondering why things aren’t going the way you expected. Try to remember that recovery is not a quick fix. It’s a process that involves trying, failing, trying again, and finally, success.
Be committed to your successful recovery…
Your time in rehab is only a small portion of the rest of your life. Commit yourself to do whatever it takes to complete the program and emerge as a sober person with a promising future. This is your time. No distractions of work, family, relationships, or other daily issues can interfere with your goal. Make the most of it.
Trust the Process…
It’s not unusual for someone in rehab to feel alone, frustrated, and ready to give up at times. While you may have these feelings occasionally, you must remain open-minded and learn to take things one day at a time. Focus on the present and give yourself time to adjust. Don’t expect things to change right away. The treatment providers have many years of experience in helping people overcome addictions. They know what works and have provided the tools you need to recover. Trust them and utilize those tools to the fullest.
Remember, this is all temporary…
If you find yourself having thoughts about leaving the program, don’t do it. Try to remember that this is only a temporary situation. You must let go of the idea that you don’t need rehab. If you want to live a sober, productive lifestyle, you need to learn better ways of coping with daily stress besides getting high. Rehab can help you learn effective coping techniques that prevent relapse.
What to Do After Leaving Rehab
When you graduate from rehab, you’re ready to begin an adventure. You can’t wait to build a new, sober life. But, you still need encouragement and guidance now and then to keep you on track when times are difficult. An aftercare program can be the best resource for you at this time. Self-help groups, 12-step meetings, church groups, or other community programs are designed to help you reintegrate into society and maintain sobriety.
If you would like more information about how to make the most of rehab, please contact us at Awakenings Rehabilitation today. One of our representatives is available to answer your questions.
recovery.org – 15 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Rehab