Addiction is a chronic disease. This means that there is no cure for it, but it can be managed with proper treatment. However, relapse is a possibility for anyone struggling with addiction, and many individuals have gone through treatment multiple times because of it.
Therefore, those that have gone to rehab various times may be wondering what will be different this time. Why should they believe that treatment will work? There are numerous reasons why treatment does and does not work, and learning what it takes to be successful in recovery is what will set you on the path to long-term sobriety.
It’s All About Mentality
Many people do not go to rehab on their own accord and are instead forced to go by loved ones or due to legal issues. Therefore, these individuals do not have the right mentality for treatment to be successful. For treatment to work, you have to see the negative consequences of your actions and actively want to change them to better your life. Otherwise, nothing in treatment is going to stick, and you are more likely to return to drugs and alcohol once you leave rehab. It is imperative then to have a healing mentality if you want treatment to work this time around.
Play an Active Role in Your Recovery
It is not enough to sit on the sidelines in treatment and hope for the best. Having a healing mentality will not push you forward if you do not do anything to get you there. When you have group therapy, participate. Ask questions, share your story, and connect with those around you. In individual therapy, ask your therapist questions and participate even when it is uncomfortable.
Healing is not meant to be comfortable. It is when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone and become an active participant in your healing that you will find the success you are searching for.
There is no magic cure for addiction, so you cannot expect treatment to heal you overnight. For those that have been through treatment multiple times, it can be discouraging to continue returning after each relapse. However, knowing how to make treatment work this time is key to a successful recovery. You have to go in with the right mentality if you want to achieve sobriety. At the Detox Center of Colorado, we provide clients with the proper tools to start recovery right. With a comprehensive program that addresses co-occurring disorders, healing is possible. Call us at (303) 952-5035.