Before checking into rehab for either drug or alcohol related issues, it’s best to have a fundamental understanding of what’s expected of you during your stay. With knowledge and preparation, you’ll have a better chance of succeeding upon completion.
5 Things You Should Know Before Checking Into Rehab
1. Know why you’re there.
Are you checking into rehab for drug addiction? If so, which one? Marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, etc? Are you checking in because of an alcoholic addiction? Or is it a combination of both? Admit to the problem, or at least get more comfortable in verbally admitting your addiction. Taking inventory of yourself will be used as a stepping stone to help kick the addiction.
2. Realize you only get what you put in.
Patients often simply “go through the motions” at rehab — they want to be free from addiction, but set themselves up to fail by not actually working the 12-step program. It’s a terrible path to go down. You already made the decision to check into rehab — expect to give it 100% of your effort.
3. Focus on yourself.
While this may be hard away from friends and family, it’s essential to focus on getting better rather than worrying about what’s going on in the lives of others — even the people you love the most. You cannot help somebody else until you’ve helped yourself. Try to kick the negative externalities and go to the meetings, open up in discussions or find your sense of self and spirituality.
4. Understand the staff is there to help.
Checking into rehab is scary. You won’t have your friends there, but you will have the staff. They’re not there for the money or because it’s an easy job — quite the contrary to both — but rather because they want to see you succeed and recover. Plan to open up a little and make friends with the people who are there to help.
5. Stay positive.
Drug addiction and alcoholism are serious diseases. Realistically, the two cannot be cured overnight, nor will treatment be an easy process… but the new, sober life that awaits is well beyond anything you’ve experienced in a long time. You can’t leave behind the physical and mental prison of addiction without maintenance and practice; even when times in treatment feel horrible, remember why you’re there and focus on the new you.