Making the decision to go to rehab for drug addiction – and following through – can be a difficult choice. Many people have a hundred and one excuses for why they can’t go or won’t go. You see stories on the news about celebrities heading in and out of rehab multiple times. While relapse is always a risk, it doesn’t mean that rehab is useless. There are many people who enter a Malibu addiction treatment center and are able to turn their lives around for the better. They may have a slip, but they are able to achieve long-term recovery if they put their mind to it.
Addiction recovery can be scary because it’s unfamiliar and you’re not sure what to expect. You have learned to live your life in active addiction and may fear what life will be like sober. While every rehab center and program is a little different here are a few things you should know:
- It’s hard work. Going to rehab is not a vacation. Sure, you’re away from home and your job, but you’ll still be working. You’ll be involved in individual and group therapy, counseling, support group meetings, recreational activities, educational classes, exercise, and more. There is no magical “cure” for addiction – recovery is something that you have to work toward every day. While luxury rehab centers can provide comfortable amenities, you’ll still be working hard on your treatment plan.
- There are rules. You will be expected to follow a lot of rules. They are for your safety and the safety of others. There are certain items that are prohibited in various treatment programs – especially drugs and alcohol. But other facilities may also have restrictions on electronics, toiletries, and personal items. Make sure you’re packing according to the list provided. Structure and routine are important parts of overcoming addiction. You’ll be learning new routines to reduce temptation and risk of relapse. Following the rules is important in helping you to be as successful as possible and learning to adjust to sober living.
- There are many options. There is not just one path to recovery. Some facilities follow a 12-step methodology while others offer non 12-step options as well. There are also numerous evidence-based therapies that can be used. It may take some time, but figure out what works best for you, and ensure you choose a rehab center that customizes your treatment to your needs. Your path to recovery may not look exactly the same as someone else’s, but that’s okay. Go at your own pace and resist the urge to compare your progress.
- It can be uncomfortable. You’ll probably be asked to do things that you’ve never done before. Sharing your story with others, role playing in groups, opening up to a therapist – these can all be new experiences. But it’s important to be open to trying new things. Just because you haven’t done it before or are unsure about something doesn’t mean that it won’t work. You can’t go back to living the same lifestyle you did before, and there are changes you’ll have to make for recovery, so learn to adjust. Be honest with yourself and those trying to help you.
- You’ll be busy. Your days will be anything but boring and you probably won’t have a ton of free time. You’ll have a schedule that you’ll be expected to follow that includes when you wake up in the morning, what time you do certain activities and groups, when meals are, and when you go to bed. This structure and routine can actually be a good thing and help you to stay focused on your recovery and avoid unhealthy distractions. You will have some time to yourself and the opportunity to choose some of your activities.
- It is worth it. Despite your initial fears, if you put forth the effort and really work toward recovery and establishing a substance-free lifestyle, addiction rehab is worth it. It can turn your life around for the better and put you back on the path toward pursuing your dreams. You’ll learn the skills and strategies necessary to reduce your risk of relapse, rebuild relationships, engage in healthier activities, and create a lifestyle that is conducive to long-term recovery. No one said it would be easy, but you are deserving of another chance, so take it.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, contact Chapters Capistrano at 949-371-4198. Our luxury rehab center will provide you with the comprehensive and personalized care you need to start a new chapter in your life and embrace recovery. It’s not too late to make a change, so reach out to get the help you need today.