Drug rehabilitation, as terrifying as it may seem, can be life-changing. Acknowledging and admitting that you need professional help and seeking treatment is the first step to altering the path of your future.
The harsh reality is that inpatient drug rehab is a journey almost as challenging as addiction itself, but the difference is that with the help you’ll receive, you’ll end up happy and free on the other side. If you’re feeling scared and unconvinced, here are 6 big ways that rehab could change your life.
Break the Cycle
Of course, the first and most important step is to break the cycle of addiction with the help of professionals. This is not something that can easily be done alone and without the necessary treatment, which is the main reason why rehab is essential for addicts.
Being in a drug-free environment, where you’re controlled and surrounded by people to help you through urges and withdrawal symptoms is the only way to break the cycle initially.
Detoxing from drugs can be tough, but in a safe environment, you’ll be able to manage the process and take the next steps to a full recovery.
In a good rehab centre, you’ll also be able to learn about addiction and its impact in a safe space. When you’re clean, your mind will be clear and free to learn everything you need to know about why addiction happens, what triggers it, and how to manage and overcome urges.
Not only will you learn about addiction, but you’ll be able to learn about how to reintegrate into your daily life once you’re fully recovered.
Find Comfort and Support
Inpatient rehab centres aren’t cold, judgemental and unwelcoming, as you might fear. When you’re receiving treatment, you’ll be met with support and understanding and comfort during difficult times.
Keep in mind that the people you’ll be surrounded with will all either be on the same journey as you, or professionally trained to help you through it. You won’t be the first (or last) addict they’ll ever meet and you’ll never face judgement or a lack of understanding for your struggles.
Develop Healthy Habits
Treatment for addiction places a high value on building good and healthy habits. This is true for various reasons. First of all, self-care habits like exercising and eating well can make you feel physically and mentally healthier, making your detoxification and recovery journey more comfortable.
Another reason is that forcing yourself to focus on building these healthy habits helps to take focus away from your urges and cravings. You’ll be encouraged to set goals – physical, emotional and even spiritual – that you can work towards for months or even years to come.
Exercise, for example, can be massively beneficial for those battling addiction and trying to recover. Good sleep hygiene and nurturing social connections are some other good habits to look into.
Build Strength and Confidence
In overcoming your addiction, you’ll build newfound strength and discover confidence in yourself. Not only will this spur you on to keep going in your recovery process, but can aid you even in your day to day life, work, relationships and self-love.
Recovery will involve digging deep into underlying issues. You’ll learn to understand (and overcome) what draws you to your drug of choice and find ways of managing this with your own strength. Building confidence in yourself will help you to remember that you’re stronger than your addiction when tough days arise.
Finally, finding freedom from your addiction will be what truly changes your life. When you find you no longer have to lie to your loved ones, disappoint others and yourself and give in to urges that you know only harm you, you’ll feel truly free.
This is something that can only come from admitting your struggles and seeking help from professionals who can offer you treatment and support. You’ll also need to draw on support from loved ones and your own strength, but living a life free of addiction will be worth all the challenges you’ll face.
If you’ve been thinking about getting admitted to rehab – the answer is ‘yes’. If this is something you’re even considering, that’s already enough of a sign that it’s the right move for you to make.
Changing your life forever starts with one simple decision, and although it will take commitment, making the choice is already half the battle won. With so much to gain, you have nothing to lose.