So, you are going to participate in a rehabilitation program. That is excellent news! This is an important step toward becoming the healthy, reliable person that you can and want to be. Most participants have an opportunity to browse potential care programs, build enthusiasm for participation and life changes, and tie up loose ends at home. So take advantage of the time that you have to prepare! Even in the midst of your current surroundings, there is a lot that you can do to shift gears as you cruise onto this highway of recovery.
Step 1 – Look Before Merging
Are you going to participate in a 12-Step approach? Have you looked at Cognitive Behavioral Therapy options? What about Social Learning Theory? Each patient’s addiction develops in a slightly unique way. Think about where you are coming from. What helped lead you to your addiction in the first place? The purpose of this is not to blame yourself, any more than you would beat yourself up for having taken a wrong exit.
For example, if you recognize that negative associations or strong environmental associations led you on a path of substance abuse, you may find Social Learning Theory useful. This treatment focuses on how to change the behaviors that we learn from watching others. This type of program will teach you to refocus your attention, manage your memory, reproduce effective behaviors and remain motivated as you develop the positive habits you wish to adopt.
Perhaps you struggle with a low sense of self-worth. Negativity and depression might have moved you into a stage of isolation that fostered the abuse and self-harm that you fell into. Although your environment is not perfect, you recognize that your own viewpoint and attitude hold you from enjoying the way that things could be. There is help. The Mayo Clinic promotes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as scientifically proven to teach you new behaviors and responses that you will feel good about.
So remember to look both ways! Knowing where you are coming from will help you to see where to go. Many roads may lead to the same place, but some will get you there more quickly than others. Recognizing how you got to where you are will help you to choose an efficient treatment plan to take you in the right direction.
Step 2 – Get into Gear
You want the transition to go as smoothly as possible. Leaving for rehab doesn’t mean you have to lose your job or apartment. If you take a little time to prepare, you can make sure everything you value at home is ready and waiting upon your return.
Discreetly talk to your employer or your human resources department. Addiction is an officially recognized medical condition and is most likely recognized by your place of employment as something for which you can receive medical leave. In fact, they may be in legal trouble if they do not. A good employer should recognize that you have made a respectable decision that will soon produce an even better employee.
Even if you are worried that leaving for rehab will bring social repercussions and embarrassment, consider this: people have probably already noticed your addiction, or at least the accompanying actions, even if you have tried to hide it. Do what you need to do. If you have children and your rehab treatment will require you to temporarily leave the family, affectionately and simply explain to them that you are getting some health treatment, that you are going to be fine and that none of this is their fault. They do not need to know every detail, but letting children know some basics will help curb the confusion and any resentment that could otherwise be felt by your absence.
Step 3 – Release the Brakes!
Even after finding a suitable form of treatment and making good efforts on the home front to tie up loose ends, you may still have some nagging anxieties. Don’t let these hold you back! Visit the center of treatment before checking in if possible. Make a list of what they will allow you to bring on-site and what you need to leave waiting for you at home. Make sure they accept your medical insurance if that is a concern. If you have legal problems, notify your attorney that you will be traveling. Look for positive experiences that will bolster your confidence in the success of rehab treatment. Speak positively about your goal and what you intend to do. Addiction is usually marked by secrecy and isolation, but learning now to speak up openly to others will dramatically increase your success in the program.
As one Clinical Center rehab therapist explains, “Many medical procedures and treatments are done to a patient by a health care provider, and the patient’s role in the treatment is small, but that is not the case in rehabilitation. In rehab, the patients do a lot of the work themselves to get better.” Knowing absolutely everything beforehand is unrealistic. So prepare for what you can, and get involved. Your rehab is all about you — who you are and who you want to be. Prepare now to participate as fully and as soon as possible. Questions? Call us at our toll-free helpline below.