So you decided to enter rehab to help overcome your addictions, fears and anxieties. The first day can be very scary. Many people wonder what they should and should not do when going to rehab. This can cause a lot of fear and anxiety.
Here are seven suggestions on what you should and should not do when going to rehab for the first time.
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. 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 Counselors
A person who goes to rehab must follow the advice from their counselors. The counselors who 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. It is very important not to assume anything when you're 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 it's important to find some other ways of dealing with these issues. Blaming others for your problems is not the way to go. It will 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- to 60-minute programs in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. 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 to just skip the programs altogether, you could miss valuable information and delay the recovery process.