When you know you are going to alcohol rehab, you may feel uncertain about your future. These feelings are completely normal. Why? Because you’re at an important pivot point in your life: your first big step toward sobriety.
When you arrive at rehab, your days will be tightly scheduled with all kinds of activities to help you begin to deal with the reality of addiction in your life. You’ll attend psychotherapy and counseling sessions, exercise and other therapeutic activities, meditation, and more — all designed to help you move forward.1
Here are a few specific tips to help you get the most out of the experience and to maximize your success.
Tip #1: Focus on Little Goals
If you wake up every day with the task to stay sober forever, you’re immediately going to feel overwhelmed. Instead, start with the small things that you can accomplish, things will serve that goal of staying sober.For example, you know you don’t want to drink today. What can you do instead that will help you be productive? It can be as small as making your bed or eating a healthy breakfast.Perhaps you would like to work on something bigger like reviewing your resume or finding five job prospects. Always have a small, manageable goal that you can handle on your to-do list. One small goal can help keep you focused and also serve to encourage you as you got through the day.
Tip #2: Develop a Support Network
During alcohol rehab, you begin to develop relationships with those you meet in group therapy, people who are walking the same road you’re walking. Your counselor and therapists are also important members of your support network, who will give you insight, tools and resources to keep you moving forward. Supportive family and friends are part of your network, too, there to help you when you need someone to talk to. If no one is available, you can always contact use at Michael’s House.
Tip #3: Take Something That Gives You A Lift
A picture of your family or of a beautiful location in the world that you’d like to visit can encourage you and motivate you as you work through your issues in treatment. Anything that empowers you to move forward in sobriety, that keeps you motivated and your attitude positive, will help you make great strides toward sobriety during your rehab experience.
Tip #4: Don’t Expect to Want Sobriety All the Time
No matter how much you want to be sober, you will occasionally feel down or emotionally disengaged during rehab. When you feel that way, the idea of relapse may seem like the best and most desirable next step. That feeling is completely normal. Everyone feels that way from time to time.
What is important is that you are honest about your feelings. Be honest about the thoughts and cravings associated with your addiction. Share what’s going on with your support network.
Just because you have these feelings doesn’t mean that you have to act on them. Even when you leave rehab, you will move on to aftercare treatment. Addiction is a chronic disease that requires continual treatment.2
Tip #5: Get Referrals for Aftercare Treatment
Before you leave alcohol rehab, make sure to get local referrals so you can continue your treatment in aftercare. If you found that acupuncture or acupressure worked well for you, then find one near your home that specializes in alcohol abuse and addiction. Get a referral for a local therapist, 12-Step groups and support groups that will help you build a network of support at home.
You may feel you’re alone in this process, but the truth is about 1.3 million adults received treatment for AUD (alcohol use disorder) at a specialized facility in 2015.3 If you’d like more info, please know you can contact us at Michael’s House. We offer a holistic alcohol rehab program that combines alcohol detox and alcohol addiction treatment. Our program is comprehensive, effective and safe. Contact us today at 760-548-4032 to start on your road to recovery from alcoholism.
1 Taite, Richard. “Seven Things to Expect When You Go to Rehab.” Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, 21 Apr. 2016. Web. 19 June 2017.
2 “Addiction Is a Chronic Disease.” NIDA – Drug Abuse and Addiction. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2017.
3 “Alcohol Facts and Statistics.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Feb. 2017. Web. 19 June 2017.