You’ve probably heard from more than one person that recovery isn’t always easy. It works if you work it, right? While this is true, there are a few things you can do to make your stay at The Discovery House the best that it can be. Here are some ways that you can make the most out of your time in drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Give Yourself Time to Heal
Reaching and maintaining long-term recovery is what you want but understand that it doesn’t happen overnight. It does take a lot of work to get better but you’ve been through so much and the worst thing you can do is get carried away with the end goal. Be kind to yourself, give yourself space and time, and allow your recovery to organically do its thing.
Know Your Triggers
In drug addiction recovery, everyone has triggers – situations, locations, people, or even memories that threaten to break your sobriety. For some, it can be simply seeing a photo or a movie where someone is doing drugs or drinking. It can also be certain people that you hang out with that can lead you to a relapse. Once you identify your triggers, you can make a plan to navigate them before they lead to a potential relapse.
Participate in Group Therapy Sessions
Group therapy sessions are a big component of a lot of drug addiction programs and the more you participate, the better off you will be in when you’re recovering from drug addiction. If you are anxious about sharing for yourself, something to keep in mind is that by sharing you aren’t just helping yourself, you’re helping everyone else in the group including the group therapist. It works both ways, too. You will also benefit from other people in the group sharing and being active in the group therapy meetings.
Connect with Other People in Recovery
Addiction is a disease of isolation. When you are in recovery, connecting with other people who understand what you’ve been through is instrumental to a strong recovery. It can help you avoid the isolation that you might be used to and can build the foundation of your much-needed support system.
Build Trust with Your Therapist
Trust might be something you don’t have a lot of when you first start your alcohol or drug rehab program but it’s important that you are open to the option of building a trustful relationship with your therapist. When you trust your therapist, you will feel more comfortable talking about difficult experiences and relationships that you feel contribute to your addiction and you can both work together more effectively to build a strong foundation for your recovery. You are both on the same level when it comes to your recovery – they want to help you and you want to help you, too.