Your substance abuse treatment center isn’t just a first step on the road to recovery; it’s a vital step that will teach you tools that you’ll use for the rest of your life. It should take care of you not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, getting to the root of substance abuse and supporting you, step by step, through the long journey to recovery. Your treatment center won’t just help you overcome substance abuse—it should help you learn to live in the world after treatment and beyond and have a mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy life without addiction.
Here’s how your substance abuse treatment center will help you on the road to beating addiction—and why it’s an incredibly important step on the journey to recovery:
Get you started on the road to addiction recovery
Recovery is a long journey and a daily battle, so your treatment center won’t solve everything, and it certainly won’t take care of everything all at once. But your treatment center will meet you wherever you are in your journey and provide you with tools that you’ll use for the rest of your life to overcome substance abuse. Take advantage of all the time you have there and take the lessons, new habits, and advice you receive seriously. Once you decide to start on the road to recovery, soak up all the help you get from professionals at your treatment center. It’s their job and their passion to help you and make sure you have the tools to tackle life without being dependent on a substance.
Give you the tools to live life on life’s terms
While your treatment center likely won’t always be with you to support you, it’ll prepare you for life after treatment. Your doctors and other professionals will teach you how to cope with life’s difficult and unexpected times without turning to addiction, how to express yourself in healthy ways, and how to maintain healthy relationships.
Remember, though, that one thing that rehab won’t do is introduce you to the love of your life. While a treatment facility should help you to have healthy relationships post-treatment, it’s not the time or place to pursue a romantic relationship. It can be tempting to cling to someone during that vulnerable and difficult time, but treatment is about focusing on you and your mental and physical health. Not only are rehab romances almost always unsuccessful, they often sabotage recovery.
Not only should a treatment center help you with initial recovery, it should also stick with you and offer support as you transition back home. When you’ve beat addiction, you’ve already accomplished something amazing. But coming home comes with its own set of challenges, and you’ll have to adjust to navigate the world and a new life without substance abuse.
Support your recovery
A treatment center will support you during your journey managing life after treatment, from helping with practical life skills like getting a job and a place to live, to making new friends and finding ways to have fun and enjoy life sober
If addiction is all you know, it’s very easy to go right back to the path you were on before treatment, especially if you return to the friends you had before treatment. Learning to navigate life is difficult—even if you’re not on a journey of recovering from addiction along the way. The experts at your treatment center know what you need, and they want to support you. They’ll give you the support you need for recovery, and for a healthy and happy life afterward.
If you have any questions or want to get started on the path to sobriety, please call us at Center For Healing 888-500-9279.
Erica Franco Mortimer, MA, LPC, LCADC
Founder and CEO
Center for Healing
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.