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Tips for a successful rehab

Posted on :  June 26th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

As corny as it sounds, anyone who is actively looking to rehabilitate their lives and recover fully from addiction ought to be congratulated for making the first step towards a much brighter future. In short, from here, the only way is up.

That said, recovering from addiction is not easy, and many find that a rehab program is a great way to keep themselves on target.

Not all rehab programs are created equally, however, and without active participation and the right mindset, some will find their journey more of a struggle than others.

In order to get the most out of your rehab experience, here are some tips for a successful rehab.

Find the right program for you

Rehab programs should not operate a one size fits all model. After all, every addict is different, and what works beautifully for some may not work for you.

As a result, it’s important to do your research. Look at the methodologies out there – which ones look the most suitable for you? There’s a lot out there, and some methods have proven more universally successful than others, such as AA’s 12 step program.

Whichever methodology appeals most to you, be prepared to throw yourself in head first and don’t pick one that you’re not enthusiastic about.

Plan your move

When you’ve made your decision about a particular rehab program, you’ll be given a package that should cover everything you’ll need to expect, including a guide on what to bring and what not to bring.

Focus on comfort: you’ll want things that remind you of home, and things that make you feel yourself while you’re there. Do not, under any circumstances, bring anything that is not allowed.

Some programs prohibit certain items that others do not – for example, iPads and other devices. If this is a deal breaker for you, make sure you ask about this when you’re selecting the right program.

Apart from that, bring other means of entertainment – books, journals, sketchbooks etc.

Prepare to participate fully

“Some people go to rehab reluctantly, while others are desperate to be rid of their addiction.”

Either way, you’re much more likely to get the most out of the whole experience by throwing yourself into it, and being sure to try everything on offer, as well as making sure that you participate fully in group events, and really engage with other residents, and counselors.

Commit to aftercare

Rehab is not a fix all, and without sufficient aftercare and a committed, realistic mindset, it’s not likely to do much good.

Prepare yourself for the long, but incredibly rewarding journey ahead of you, and don’t ditch maintenance because you think you’re cured.

If you, or someone you know, needs help to recover from drug addiction, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.

Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) is an Ontario addiction treatment centre with the philosophy to help individuals take control of their addiction and help them rebuild their lives and careers.

Don’t hesitate to call us! We’ll be happy to help you.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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