The decision to enter rehab for treatment is the first step in kicking addiction (substance abuse disorder). The success of treatment is often dependent on the level of preparation that occurs before the individual actually enters a treatment facility. As such, preparation is of some importance for this phase of recovery.
In most instances, the preparation steps for treatment commences with the loved ones of the person in addiction. For some individuals, it precedes the actual decision to enter drug rehab. Preparation steps can range from planning and staging a drug intervention to exploring the services that will be most suitable for the person requiring treatment. The appropriate preparatory actions can…
- Highlight the initial actions necessary to help an addict recognize their need for treatment.
- Initiate exploration necessary to identify the appropriate treatment facility and services that will be most beneficial to achieve recovery.
- Re-enforce the commitment to fully participle in and complete the treatment process.
- Motivate sustained efforts for relapse prevention after rehab.
5 Ways to Prepare for Drug Treatment
- Set your mind at ease about leaving your life situation by talking to the necessary people and taking steps that will free you from undue concerns while you are in rehab. For instance, talk to your employer about your job situation. If you are a mother, know how your children are cared for. Even if your spouse or family has already taken those responsibilities out of your hand because of your addiction, it is important for you to understand and discuss what arrangement has been made. Freeing yourself from these concerns will enable you to be more focused on overcoming the addiction.
- Make a conscious commitment to complete the process. Many people who enter drug rehab without being fully committed going in find themselves reluctant to endure the challenges inherent in the processes that are designed to achieve recovery. Studies show those who commit to and complete drug rehab typically display a positive and cooperative attitude that help them to achieve the greatest success in terms of long-term sobriety.
- Set specific goals that you want to achieve during rehab. While getting sober is an expected outcome of any drug treatment program setting personal goals such as to establish a new self-care habit into your daily routine, focus on how to restorer relationships derailed by addiction to developing strong coping or stress management skills can enhance your motivation and provide valuable takeaway from the rehab experience.
- Plan to involve the important people in your life into your recovery process. Most treatment centers recognize that family counseling and educational programs equip loved ones with the appropriate knowledge and techniques to support people after drug rehab. Family and friends will who participate in your recovery will be more cognizant of your relapse prevention efforts and therefore better able to support your sobriety goals.
- Recognize going into rehab that detoxification is only the first step to recovery. It is not uncommon for people in recovery to short-circuit their recovery after completing the detoxification process by failing to complete the program. Detoxification is a valuable tool that helps to temporarily stop habituated substance abuse. It is designed to arrest the physical and neurological deterioration in order to address the psychological impairments that cause drug use and can trigger a relapse after treatment.
Drug treatment is itself preparation for living a drug-free lifestyle. And while it can be more challenging for some than others to adjust to the structure and environment of drug rehab, it is important not to sabotage your progress by going in unprepared.
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