Drug-addiction treatment helps individuals stop their compulsive substance use. These treatments come in a wide variety of forms and can last for any range of time. However, since drug addiction is a chronic disorder, a one-stop session usually isn’t enough. Treatment can take years and be lifelong.

Starting a rehab program is the first step on your path to a healthier life. To get there, you have to work hard and have the right mindset. The program can’t guarantee you won’t relapse, but it offers the greatest chance of meeting your goals. Still, the treatment takes time and commitment. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to take charge of the process. Here are three ways to get the most out of your drug-addiction treatment:

1. Follow the suggestions given to you
You’re here because you realize you can’t stop the addiction on your own. You also realize that treatment counselors have a lot of experience and know how to help. Taken out of your comfort zone and pushed to your limits is what they’re there for. You’ll have to confront deep emotions about yourself, exposing the underlying issues of your dependency. Remember, you have to trust your counselors because they’ll help you become a much stronger person. Listen to their suggestions, because they have your best interests at heart.

2. Get involved in a 12-step meeting and find a sponsor
The 12 Steps remain a stalwart guideline for the best way to overcome addiction. You’ll be surrounded by others who also struggle with dependency, each offering support and understanding. It provides a safe place to learn from others while opening yourself up to new learnings. You should also find a sponsor at this meeting. This person has been in recovery for at least a year, helping you navigate the waters of the 12 Steps while offering accountability and support. They know where you are because they’ve been there. What better way to deepen your experience than with someone who can relate?

3. Take counseling seriously by being open and honest with your counselor and peers
Addiction cannot flourish without dishonesty. You’ve been lying to everyone, including yourself for so long, that it’s sometimes hard to let go. But now’s your chance. Counseling, individual and group, is a great place to begin healing. You’ll be in a safe, controlled, judge-free zone where you can open yourself up. You need to be honest about your reality and welcome the truth. Besides, counselors and other addicts will know when you’re not telling the right story. Be patient. Sometimes it’s about putting your trust in others first to see what they do. The benefits of these sessions far outweigh the initial discomfort: communication, accountability, insight, and companionship. You’ll be able to give and gain support from those around you once you learn openness.

There’s no silver bullet when it comes to rehab. What works for some may not work for others. However, if you commit to your treatment and work with counselors, you’ll be in a better position to succeed. Listen to suggestions, go to meetings, gain a supportive sponsor, and open the door to honesty. If followed, these tips ensure you’ll get the most out of your time in treatment. If you would like to speak with one of our counselors about treatment, contact us today!

Erica Franco Mortimer, MA, LPC, LCADC
Founder and CEO
Center for Healing
Evan Berk Erica is a licensed therapist with over twenty-years experience in mental health. Erica offers practical and straight forward advice to those struggling with addiction and their families. Having deep insight and understanding of addiction, Erica is able to offer guidance to those looking to regain control of their lives.

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