Rehab as a Foundation for Recovery

Nobody Wants to Go to Rehab

Rehab is not the type of place that people would choose to go to unless they had good reason to be there. Even the more luxurious facilities will still involve the individual doing things that they would normally resist. Nobody really wants to go to rehab because it involves facing fears and making significant changes to their life. The reason why the person ends up in such a facility is that they realize that this is the best way to improve their current situation. The individual decides that making a few sacrifices now will be worth of it because of the rewards they will later receive for becoming sober. When people enter rehab with this type of attitude they usually end up being surprised at how enjoyable the experience turns out to be. In fact it is common for people to leave rehab with fond memories they will cherish for the rest of their life.

No Need for Rehab

There are some who claim that staying in a rehab facility is not really necessary. In order to justify this claim they will point to those individuals who have managed to become sober without any need for such an intervention. There is no doubt that some people are able to become sober without attending an impatient program, but this is not an approach that works for everyone. Those individuals who end up in rehab will usually have tried stopping without help, but they failed and now want to try something different. It can also be the case that those who do manage to become sober alone may not have the tools they need to build a successful life away from alcohol or drugs. This will mean that they have a higher risk of relapse or end up with a life in recovery that is less than optimal.

Benefits of Attending Rehab

There are a number of good reasons for why people should consider attending rehab for their alcohol or drug problems including:

* Attendance at such a program will ensure that the individual will have a strong foundation on which they can build the rest of their life in recovery.
* It gives the individual the space to just focus on ending the addiction. They will also be surrounded by all the resources they need to make this transitory period more comfortable.
* The majority of those who attempt to give up alcohol or drugs will give up once the withdrawal symptoms begin to bite. Those who stay in a rehab program will be protected and supported during this difficult transition.
* By committing to rehab the individual is demonstrating that they are serious about changing their life. By committing themselves to take such action they are drawing a firm line in the sand.
* With the help of trained professionals the individual will be able to begin looking at the causes behind their behavior. They will also be able to begin the process of developing new and healthier behaviors.
* The first few weeks of recovery are the worst and by staying in rehab the individual will get the support they need.
* Quitting an addiction has to be the person’s priority if they are to succeed. By spending a few weeks in a rehab the individual is ensuring that they make this their priority.
* It means that the person will be able to escape their normal responsibilities and obligations so they can just concentrate on getting better.
* One of the most important set of skill that the individual will learn during their stay will be strategies for coping with life. These are crucial because it can often be lack of coping skills that drove the person into addiction in the first place.
* Most rehabs also teach their clients relaxation techniques and this will allow these people to deal better with stress once they return home.
* There is a great deal of truth in the claim that knowledge is power. During their stay in rehab the individual will learn about the causes of addiction and the best ways to overcome these causes.
* The better rehabs make use of an evidence based program that ensures the individual is getting the most effective and up to date treatments possible. Those treatments that are evidence based will have already been proven successful and be supported by the scientific literature.
* People in early recovery can feel overwhelmed at any time of the day or night. The good thing about being in rehab is that there will always be people around to help them no matter what the time.
* The more luxurious rehabs provide the individual with a high degree of comfort and service. This means that the person only needs to concentrate on getting better as all there other needs are catered for.

A Foundation to Build a Successful Recovery

Anyone who has ever tried to build any type of structure will understand the importance of having a strong foundation. If the foundation is unstable it can be the undoing of any later work. Even if the individual does all the right things later they can still become unstuck because they failed to build a strong foundation. The main benefit of rehab is that it can ensure that the individual has a firm base on which they can later build. Attending rehab is not enough to ensure success, but it does mean that the individual is giving themselves to best possible start. It gives them something solid from which they can build the rest of their life.

Why People Fail to Capitalize on Rehab

There can be a number of reasons for why the individual fails after attending rehab including:

* Just attending rehab is not enough to ensure a strong foundation unless the individual puts in some effort during their time in this program. It is not possible to build a strong recovery by osmosis – it involves making use of the resources that are available in rehab.
* Some people mistake the firm foundation they have created in rehab as the finished structure. They have come to the dangerous conclusion that by completing rehab it means they have graduated and are now cured.
* It is often said that recovery is a process and not an event. The real work of recovery begins once the person returns home to their everyday life.
* Just because the person has built a strong foundation does not mean that the final structure will be desirable. They will still need to do the right things that are needed to ensure success in sobriety.
* It can be tempting for people to have unrealistically high expectations for early recovery so that they want everything to be perfect right away. The disappointment of finding out that there is more work to be done can be used as a justification to relapse back to their addiction.
* Some people will attend rehab in order to please other people, and they have no real intention of attempting lifelong sobriety. As soon as they feel it is safe to do so this person will return to substance abuse.

How to Make the Most of Rehab

If the individual has made good use of their time in rehab they will have managed to build a strong base on which to build. In order to further capitalize on these gains the individual can:

* Make sobriety their number one priority going forward. The individual needs to keep in mind that if they relapse they will lose everything anyway.
* The transition from rehab to home can be a treacherous time, and it is vital that the individual prepares adequately for this. If the person is not prepared for the temptations and strains of their return home they will feel overwhelmed by it all.
* The person needs to take responsibility for their own recovery because only they can create the type of life that they desire.
* Aftercare can greatly increase the chances of making it beyond early recovery. This could include sessions with a therapist or joining some type of support fellowship.
* Some people leave rehab full of motivation and with a determination to live a better life going forward, but they later run out of steam. This occurs because they have not done any work to maintain their high level of motivation.
* It is vital that people in recovery have an effective way of dealing with stress because they will no longer have alcohol or drugs to turn to. A practice like meditation, yoga, or tai chi can be good for this.
* The reason why people fall into substance abuse will usually still be there when the person gets sober. If they fail to eradicate these reasons they will be still there to trip them up at a later date.
* One way that the individual can remain motivated is by staying involved in the recovery community and reading sobriety literature. This is much easier to do nowadays because of the existence of online recovery communities.
* It is often said that time heals all wounds and this spells danger for the person in recovery because they can forget how bad things were for them in recovery. This is why it is a good idea to right an account of the last days of addiction and the motives for quitting – the individual can later use this to remind themselves of where they have come from.
* Helping other people achieve sobriety is another good way to remember what is waiting if people decide to return to alcohol or drug use.

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