It is absolutely true that you need to get the right treatment and approach if you want to change your life and become sober. However, regardless of the type of facility, treatment, doctor or the care you receive, the most important factor on whether your treatment is successful is you.
Here are 10 things you can do to get the most out of treatment.
Get Treatment for Withdrawal
The symptoms of drug withdrawal are uncomfortable and unpleasant. However there are also some that can be so bad that they drive people to quit their treatment plan because the symptoms and/or cravings are too much for them to handle.
If you get care for the symptoms of withdrawal, you can start fresh and with an open mind for your treatment instead of starting out by struggling with withdrawal.
Don’t Just Treat the Addiction
In many cases, people suffer from addiction problems during the same time that they are having stress in their life. Things like money problems, trauma, poor social skills, witnessing a violent act, poor parenting skills, poor education, etc can make it more likely that someone suffers from addiction.
If you go into treatment that only focuses on the addiction, the root of the problem will still remain. If the treatment program cannot provide this type of assistance, they should have referrals to other organizations that can help. If you are considering a facility that doesn’t have this type of information available, you should find another place for your treatment.
Tell Them What You’re Learning
You will be given a great deal of information to process as you go through the treatment program. The rate that you understand this information and use it to grow will determine the future course of your treatment (and your life).
It is critical that you offer feedback throughout the treatment about what is working for you and what is not. This makes it much easier for the counselor to stay updated on your progress and make adjustments in your program.
Learn As Much as You Can
Some programs to treat addiction can be short, but if you want to use it to lead a sober life you will have to retain that information for the rest of your life.
You will benefit from learning about how an addiction problem develops, what symptoms to be on the lookout for and the best ways to treat specific problems. Take advantage of your time in treatment to become as knowledgeable as possible about addiction.
Use the Therapy
Personal therapy is a part of most addiction treatment programs and you should be prepared to be honest and get as much as possible out of these sessions. This is where root causes for your behavior are sometimes uncovered. You also learn about areas in your life that can be triggers or that you have to learn to deal with better if you want to stay sober.
Don’t Leave Early
You already know that you’re not supposed to stop taking medication that was prescribed by your doctor just because you have started to feel better. You also shouldn’t quit therapy just because you feel more in control of your addictions either.
Most people should stay in therapy for a minimum of 90 days and some people require treatment for a much longer period of time. If you’re in treatment and you want it tp work, don’t leave early.
Get the Support of Your Family
Family members can go a long way toward helping your recovery. They can provide a safe environment, remove any temptations and be a tremendous support system.
However, the family first needs to become more educated about the treatment of addiction and this may be part of your treatment program.
In addiction, there are sometimes dysfunctions in families that need to be handled within a therapy setting as well.
Find Support Groups, and Use Them
Support groups can provide an invaluable service for an addict after treatment. It can’t take the place of a good treatment program, but it can provide support that you can use throughout your life.
AA is the most well known support group and addicts know what wherever they go, there is likely a meeting nearby when they need it.
Commit to Abstaining
Addiction cannot be cured, but it can be treated and controlled. Because of that, it is important that you recognize that even years after treatment, you can’t use drugs. It may seem reasonable to you that you can do it once and you can control it. However, that once could be the trigger that gets you started again.
You must be committed to abstaining from drugs if you want to live a sober life.
Create a Plan
If you want a lifetime of sobriety, you must plan for the times you will be tested… because you will be tested.
Your treatment should give you a good idea of the thoughts, feelings and situations that might be a trigger for you. It’s critical that you formulate a plan for when those situations arise.
This plan could include things like attending a local AA meeting, scheduling a session with an addiction counselor, contact someone else who is in recovery who can provide support or even going back to a rehab facility for a short stay.
Having this plan in place is an important part of finishing your treatment and entering back into your life.