It is common to hear of people who have had multiple stays in a drug rehab facility. Relapse is a common part of recovery for many people with substance abuse disorder, but there are some factors that can make your stay in a Colorado drug rehab more successful and less prone to a return visit.
1. Being open to the treatment process
While many people enter a treatment program with some resistance to treatment, there must be an openness to the treatment process once that initial resistance fades and you become acclimated to the new environment. If you do not cooperate with the people who are trying to help you, there is almost no way to succeed in entering recovery and gaining an understanding of what made you struggle with substance abuse in the first place.
2. Having the right expectations
People enter treatment with all different kinds of expectations, many of which can interfere with the success of the process. Some expect treatment to be easy, while others expect it to be incredibly difficult or impossible. You may expect your family to visit you, your counselor to validate your issues, or your cravings to subside after the first 30 days of treatment. Treatment will be difficult and be challenging at times, but having realistic expectations will help you be more successful and meet your treatment goals better than if your expectations are out of line with reality. Your treatment team can help you figure out what realistic expectations are in your case.
3. Having the right support system
Your support system is an important factor in the success of treatment. While many addicts think they can be successful in recovery on their own, having people who will support your efforts and keep you on the right track in your recovery can make the difference between treatment success and relapse.
It is important not to depend on friends who are still abusing drugs or alcohol during or after your treatment; these friends are not likely to support your recovery and will likely end up encouraging you to continue your own use along with them. Spending some time during treatment figuring out which friends and family members really support your best (in recovery) self and committing yourself to reaching out to them for help both during and after treatment will lead to much better outcomes.
4. Taking enough time to heal and learn
The typical inpatient treatment stay is detox plus 30 days of treatment, but that is not usually long enough to set up a recovering addict for success once treatment is over. Doing your best to follow treatment recommendations, even if they are 90 days or longer of inpatient treatment, will offer you the best chance of treatment success. If you cannot manage more than 30 days, just understand that you will probably need more time to overcome cravings and other physical symptoms of addiction. Give yourself time to get used to your new life in recovery before exposing yourself to stressful situations or triggers that could derail your progress if you are not ready.
5. Committing to aftercare
Aftercare is a critical part of the treatment process and should not be ignored or shortchanged. Chances are, you did not fall into an addiction in 30 or even 90 days, and you will not be able to go back to your previous life like nothing happened after only 30 or even 90 days of treatment. Aftercare may include intensive outpatient treatment, ongoing counseling, 12-step meetings, or even a stay in a sober house–whatever it takes to stabilize your recovery and give you the most support possible.
Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is a Colorado drug rehab offering a variety of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs designed for the best possible success. Contact us for more information about treatment options and methods designed to help you find success in recovery.