You’ve gone through medically supervised alcohol detox. You’ve learned what it means to be sober for the first time in years. You’re scared but you also feel hopeful, because you really never thought you had the hope of sobriety ahead of you. You didn’t really believe you’d survive detox because your body had become so very dependant on alcohol.
Congratulations! You deserve so many pats on the back (and more!) for the bravery and courage that it takes to admit that your addiction had taken over your life and that you needed medical help to make it out of the destructive hold that alcohol abuse and addiction had on your life. Now that detox is over it’s time to face further treatment. You might be nervous. That’s normal. Rehab is a lot of work. Detox took you out of the physical place of being addicted to alcohol, but you still have to unwind the years of psychological damage caused by alcohol addiction and any other trauma that may lead you down the road to addiction. Here are some ways you can help yourself succeed at rehab.
- Stay open and honest with your therapists. As you go through rehab and engage in group and individual therapy, make sure you are honest with the people around you. The great struggle with therapy is that it only works if you come to it with sincere intentions. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by clinging to pride and not being honest about your struggles.
- Be willing to connect to new people. I know that sometimes living with someone new, or being in a space where you have to meet new friends can be annoying at best and terrifying at worst. It’s okay. Everyone there is trying to be open and vulnerable too. Everyone is raw and scared. Be open with the people around you so that they, in turn, feel comfortable being open and vulnerable with you. You can build some very strong allies in the fight for sobriety in rehab, if you’re willing to be present for it .
Alcohol addiction is no joke. You did the right thing by going to detox and you’re going to kill it at rehab. You’ll go and feel cared for by those around you, and you’ll discover how to care for yourself too.
If you are suffering from addiction, and haven’t been through detox, and are still seeking out addiction recovery in Florida, call us now at (855) 441-2449 to learn more about our intensive inpatient treatment or outpatient detox center in South Florida. We are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all of our patients. We can help you through detox, and we can also help you transition from detox to rehab. We are here to help you feel safe while you go through recovery.