So You're Ready For Inpatient Therapy
Drug and alcohol addiction is so hard to recover from. You really have to reach a point where you're determined to recover and ready to put everything you have into your treatment. Enrolling in an inpatient treatment center is an effective way to ensure treatment remains your focus. But it is a big undertaking, and there are a few tips you will want to follow to ensure it is a good, productive experience.
Get your affairs in order first.
When you leave for inpatient treatment, you will be leaving behind your family, your job, and any other responsibilities you have. This is necessary. However, you do not want your focus during treatment to be on all the things that are going wrong without you at home. So if possible, you should plan on entering treatment a week or two from now and then spend the time between now and then getting your affairs in order. This way, when you are in treatment, you can focus on what's going on in treatment — not at home.
Be open-minded to different approaches.
Many treatment centers now take a comprehensive approach to rehab. This means that they offer a range of therapies, from talk therapy to dietary counseling. They do this because a lot of specialists agree that an integrative approach works best for most patients. However, in order for it to work, you need to be open-minded. Try different things, even if they do not initially seem like the best choice. Even if talk therapy is going well, for example, be willing to try a few cognitive behavioral therapy sessions to see how those go. You won't really know what works until you try it. These services are available to you in rehab, so why not take advantage of them?
Interact with and learn from other patients.
It's not just the therapists and doctors you can learn from in treatment. You can also learn a lot from the other patients. Listen to their stories. Learn from their experiences. There will likely be structured opportunities for you to do this, such as in support group meetings, but you can also just chat with others during free time. When you realize you are not alone in your experiences, that can be very empowering.
Inpatient treatment is, for many patients, the secret to recovery. However, you still have to put forth the effort yourself. Follow the tips above, and keep pushing. You can do this.
Reach out to an addiction treatment center today for more information.