By: Stan Popovich
So you decided to enter rehab to help overcome your addictions, fears, and anxieties. The first day can be very scary for anyone who goes to rehab. Many people may wonder what they should and should not do when going to rehab. This can cause a lot of fear and anxiety.
As a result, here are some suggestions on what you should know when going to rehab for your addictions.
1. Follow The Rules: The No. 1 thing a person should do is to follow the rules when entering rehab. Your goal is to get better and you’re not there to see what you can get away with. Focus your energies on getting better and don’t do anything that could get you kicked out of the place.
2. Listen To The Professionals: A person who goes to rehab must follow the advice from their counselors. The counselors that you are dealing with are professionals and they have dealt with many people in your situation. These counselors are experts and following their advice will help speed up your recovery.
3. Ask Questions: Going to rehab can be a new and stressful experience. Always ask questions on anything that you are not familiar with to help make your stay more pleasant. The people in rehab are there to answer your questions so fire away. There is no such thing as a dumb question so don’t feel hesitant to get the answers to your questions related to your stay and rehab experience.
4. Don’t Assume Anything: Many people think they know what to expect when they go to rehab from what they hear from others. It is very important not to assume anything when your in rehab. Each situation is a new experience and don’t assume that your previous stays will be a repeat of the past. Things change all of the time so don’t assume anything. If in doubt, ask!
5. Be Friendly With Others: Do not take out your frustrations and fears out on the staff or on your fellow residents. A person going to rehab can get be scared and frustrated so its important to find some other ways of dealing with these issues. Blaming others for your problems is not the way to go and can interfere with your recovery. Be nice to others and in turn most people will treat you with respect.
6. Write Down Everything: When talking to the professionals it is impossible to remember every detail of the advice given to you. Most people forget what their counselors say after a few days. Talking to these experts can provide valuable advice on how to deal with your fears and anxieties and you don’t want to forget what you were told. If possible find a way to write down the advice given to you by the doctors and staff.
7. Go To The Programs And Meetings: Many of the rehab facilities offer 30-60 minute programs in the mornings, afternoons, and at night. Make sure you attend most of these daily programs. The purpose of these programs is to help educate you in finding the right way of overcoming your fears. If you decide to sleep in or decide to just skip the programs all together you could miss valuable information and delay the recovery process.
8. Think About Your Future: Take time to think about what you really want out of life. Do not live your life for others. Spend a lot of time and energy thinking through what you really want in life and decide what is you really want to achieve. Once you determine what you want to accomplish, then write it down and use it as motivation.
9. Learn To Take It One Step At A Time: Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. When the time comes, hopefully you will have learned the skills to deal with your situation.
10. Do Not Give Up: The key is to be patient, take it slow, and not to give up. In time, you will be able to find those resources that will help you with your problems. In addition, try to learn as much as you can while your in rehab which will increase your chances of getting your life back on track.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”. For more Information go to Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com/