5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Addiction Treatment

Drug Addiction Treatment Centers are often the first step in the recovery process. It gives you the time and the space you need to really build a strong foundation of sobriety. Without it, many individuals struggle to stay sober. If you can attend treatment and get that time to work on yourself, it is important that you make the most it. The time in addiction treatment centers may be the only time you get to stop and really focus on the ways to get better. Missing the opportunities provided to you via drug and alcohol rehab may be detrimental to your recovery process. Here are 5 ways to make the most of your time in treatment.

  1. Take the Suggestions (even when you don’t like them)

Addiction treatment centers is going to offer you suggestions on how best to handle yourself, your life, and your sobriety. Some of the suggestions will sound great, some of them will not, and some will be extremely difficult. The idea is that you have not been able to manage your life thus far, so you are getting the help you need to learn how. Regardless of whether you like the suggestions, listen to them and take them with a grain of salt. Nothing in treatment is designed to make your life worse. Everyone working at the facility has your best interest at heart, and they are all professionals who have years of experience in dealing with addiction. Often, if they are offering you suggestions, they are doing so because they can see the benefits they offer you, even if you can’t. As alcoholics and addicts, we struggle with seeing the bigger picture. We are not capable of seeing how some decisions are going to impact us later on down the road. That being the reason we trust where we are and listen to the people who have more experience dealing with our disease.

  1. Stay Open-minded

An open-mind is the essential key to ensuring you get everything you can out of drug and alcohol rehab. An open-mind will keep you open to all the things you have to gain from treatment. Being open-minded will also open you up to possibilities you never thought possible for yourself. Staying open-minded through this process will help you with accepting the suggestions that were mentioned at the beginning of this post.

  1. Stay Transparent

If you lie your way through treatment, you aren’t really trying, and you definitely aren’t going to gain any helpful knowledge to assist you with your recovery. If you are going to go to treatment, the best thing you can do for yourself is to make the most if it. If you aren’t transparent, you aren’t helping yourself and no one besides your self, can truly help you either. All the work you are doing has to be based on what is honestly going on with you. If you aren’t transparent about that, there isn’t going to be much of a reward for your hard work. The reason being that all your hard work is based on half-truths and total dishonesty.

  1. Participate

This goes along with the first three, they all work in accordance with each other. To reap the benefits of treatment, you must of course participate in your treatment plan. This is extremely important to remember. Treatment isn’t for the staff; this treatment is for you. This is YOUR treatment for sobriety. You are going to get out of it what you put into it. And, if you don’t put anything in at all, then what you get out of it, probably won’t be anything helpful to you in the long run. Treat your treatment the way you want to treat yourself. The more you participate, the better you treat yourself.

  1. Stay Present

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to try not to think about tomorrow. Try not to think about what you are going to do when you get out of treatment, or all those future scenarios that haven’t happened yet. Even the best laid plans can change. Also, don’t beat yourself up by focusing on the past. Ending up in treatment, we understand it hasn’t been an easy road to get there, but don’t be too hard on yourself about it. We all make mistakes, and we are all in this together. Don’t stay stuck in your past and don’t waste your time daydreaming about the future; focus on the here and now. Every day in treatment, simply try to stay focused on what you are doing today. What are you doing each day, right now, to help yourself learn and recover. This is the secret to recovery. We can all very simply, do the right things today. Let yourself be present. Do what you can right now and leave the rest.

Treatment isn’t an easy road. It takes courage, honesty, an open mind, willingness, and a desire to stop using and drinking. But, with these simple tools that already reside within you, you can recover. We do recover.

If you or someone you love is struggling and could benefit from our addiction treatment centers, please contact GateHouse Treatment today. Call us at (855) 448-3588. You can heal, we can help!