One of the most difficult decisions anyone must make is the one to ask for help and go to an addiction treatment program. What makes this so difficult is that the disease of addiction doesn’t want you to get well. Addiction affects a part of your brain that’s responsible for survival, so it’s difficult to have the moment of clarity in which you realize that you need help. There are many people who never get to this point, so they never get the help that they need. Now that you’re ready to go to treatment, you may be wondering how to prepare yourself mentally for this new chapter in your life.
Understand That It Can Feel Scary
If you’ve never been to treatment before, the thought of leaving home to go stay at a residential facility can be frightening. Even if you’re going to an outpatient treatment center, it may be difficult going into this new experience. One of the beautiful things about treatment is that you’re going to learn how to deal with fears, but that will come later. You can start now though by taking a minute to sit back and ask yourself where these fears are coming from. Many people realize that part of these fears are coming from admitting that there’s a problem and you need help. It’s important to take comfort in knowing that you’re doing what’s best for yourself and your loved ones. Understand that this feeling of discomfort is normal and part of the process.
Prepare For Being Away From Your Family
Whether you’re a parent, spouse, significant other, child or friend, you may feel scared to leave your family. You may be the person who is the primary bread winner or the caretaker of a member of the family. What you must realize when entering treatment is that you’re giving your loved ones a breath of fresh air. Your first night in a treatment center may be the first decent night’s sleep that your loved ones have had in a very long time because they know that you’re in a safe place. They can rest easy knowing that you are on your way to a healthier life for yourself and for them.
It’s important to remind yourself on a daily basis that your family is alright, and this is a very important, short chapter in your life. Your time in treatment will seem like a blip on the radar of your life in comparison to the many years you have ahead of you to spend with your loved ones sober. You must remember this because worrying about what’s happening outside of the treatment center takes away from learning how to stay sober and live a better life.
Not Being Ready for Sobriety
The biggest fear people have when entering treatment is the thought of never drinking or using ever again. This is difficult for people of all ages. Young people believe that they’re too young to be quitting for good. Those who have been using for years can’t imagine a life without drinking or using. The reality is that when you make the commitment to go to treatment, you’re committing to learning a better way one day at a time. As long as you go to sleep sober, you’re going to wake up sober. Each morning, you simply recommit to staying sober for that day, and eventually those days turn into months and years. Preparing yourself mentally for rehabilitation is a process of ups and downs. But knowing that you are doing something that will help you live the life you need without the life and death tug between you and drugs or alcohol will be worth it.