The decision to go to rehab is a life-altering event; it requires thought, planning, and preparation as you prepare to take a turn for the better.
While you might be inundated with worries and fears about being able to pay for services, wondering what to bring with you, and what your experience will be, you owe it to yourself to enter into this experience with an open heart and an open mind, knowing that you are giving yourself the gift of sobriety and a chance at a better quality life.
There are some things you can do to ease your transition into and out of rehab, and to prepare yourself so that you can make the most of the experience. Follow these simple tips and suggestions, and see what wonderful transformative things unfold for you as you begin your journey to a new and better life:
1. Pack some essentials
While you might want to bring along items of comfort when you pack for your stay, realize that you will not have a lot of time for recreational activities; packing lightly and only taking the essentials will help you to feel less overwhelmed and better able to handle the experience. Many patients report that bringing a week’s worth of clothing, some important family photos, and a journal so that they can record their thoughts were instrumental in their recovery and healing process. Of course, if you are taking prescription medication or following other medical protocols, you’ll want to bring along those items as well. Regardless of what you choose to bring with you, show up! It will be a life-changing experience!
2. Commit to being transparent
One of the reasons that you are entering rehab is to become free from hidden issues and persistent problems that are helping to cause your addiction. Rehabilitation is a place to be totally transparent without judgment; take the opportunity to air your dirty laundry, no matter how dirty it is, and as you set this physical and emotional baggage down, you will be setting the stage for a happier and healthier life going forward. While it may not always be comfortable, it will be well worth the initial discomfort that you feel in opening up, as it is a transformative process that will allow you to gain courage.
3. Get yourself a mentor
Perhaps one of the best things you can do for your long term recovery is to get a mentor who can walk you through a transition to “real life”. This person can be a friend, someone to hold you accountable when things get tough, and to walk you through the basics of setting up life on the other side. A mentor can help you network and find other like-minded people that you can form healthy relationships with as you let go of toxic ones from your past, and they can keep you on the straight and narrow with proper guidance and support.
4. Commit to change
Let’s face it—change is not easy. It can be downright impossible at times. You are going to be emotionally, physically, and mentally drained. You are going to want to quit, you are going to resist doing the things that staff and counselors are asking of you. It is vitally important, though, to keep persisting through these tough times. In doing so, you’ll inevitably experience breakthroughs that will eventually lead you to a happier, more fulfilling life. Keep going!
5. Commit to forming better relationships
There may be relationships in your life right now that are not conducive to your sobriety; the cold hard fact of the matter is, you may have to cut these relationships off, or at least reframe them and form a distance between those people who helped contribute to your addiction somehow. It is especially hard if these people are family members or loved ones, but if your health and sobriety take center stage, you will have to redefine what these relationships look like going forward. Seek out people for your new chapter of life that uplift you, inspire you, and make you a better version of yourself, and you’ll be more likely to find that richness in these new relationships that keeps you moving in a positive direction.
Are you ready to get started on the path to a new, healthy life?
You deserve to have a life that is healthy, fulfilling, and richly rewarding, but this cannot happen when you are in the clutches of any addiction. Give yourself the gift of health and healing today–we can help you get there! Call 888-380-0342 to get started on an exciting journey toward a new, healthy life; you deserve it!