Admitting that you need to enter an alcohol recovery program is an important first step in your recovery process, but it is still only the first step. Undergoing treatment for any addiction is scary to a lot of people, and you need to take steps to prepare yourself for the good and bad experiences you will have.
As with most things that represent a major change in your life, the best way to prepare for an alcohol recovery program is to break things down into steps to make things seem much more manageable. How you go about these steps will ultimately be up to you, but here are some common steps that people make when they prepare for their treatment.
Drug and alcohol treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. There are many different kinds of treatment centers, and not all of them will suit your specific needs. Some facilities will only focus on helping you overcome your addiction, while others are better suited for those with a dual diagnosis. You will need to complete your own research both on your own and with the help of your doctor and loved ones to decide what treatment and what facility will be best for you. You can learn a lot about different facilities online, but you will eventually have to speak to someone at a facility and take a tour if you really want to be sure that it’s right for you.
Speak to Your friends and Family
Few people can overcome an addiction to drugs and alcohol on their own. They will need the help of their friends and family, even if they will be spending much of their time in a treatment center for the next month or so. Not only will you need their moral support while you go through treatment, you may need them to sit in on family therapy sessions if that is what your treatment will entail. It’s best to get them all on board with that before you begin treatment. The last thing you want is for them to not be able to help you because you waited until the last minute to ask them.
Speak With Your Employer
Entering treatment will almost certainly mean missing work for a while. That can be stressful for a few reasons. First of all, you won’t be around at work to perform your regular duties, which could put a strain on your employer. Second of all, there’s the matter of a loss of income. Depending on where you work and what your employer’s policies are, you might be able to get by on worker’s compensation, but that isn’t always a guarantee. In any event, it’s important that you speak to your employer before you begin your treatment. Most employers are understanding enough to allow time off for medical reasons, and they usually have plans in place to cover for their absent employees. Having a conversation about your treatment may seem stressful, but the results will almost certainly be better than you might fear.
Find Something You Can Bring from Home
A great way to make your stay at a treatment facility easier is to bring something from home to help you relax. This can be anything from a favorite blanket to a book that you enjoy to something that allows you to engage in your favorite hobby. Different treatment centers have different rules about what people can and cannot bring from outside, so make sure you do plenty of research to find out what is allowed.
Keep an Open Mind
Undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol abuse is more than just overcoming a physical addiction. You are expected to make major changes in your life and confront some harsh truths about yourself. It will be difficult on many levels, so it’s very important that you keep an open mind about what you will experience. As difficult as your experience may be at the time, know that the staff and your family are all trying to help you. Trust them, and in time things will get better.
Undergoing treatment for any addiction is difficult, but it is also necessary for many people. If you or a loved one is struggling with drugs or alcohol, don’t hesitate to contact our treatment center at 770-299-1677. We will be more than happy to answer your questions about the treatment programs that we have to offer.