Are you considering entering a rehab facility for treatment with drugs or alcohol? You may being making the best decision of your life. It may not seem like that now, but you could be on the first steps to a path that will change your entire life.
Here are 5 things you can learn in rehab that may change you forever.
You will get to take a look at yourself. The first thing you will learn in rehab will probably be an extensive overview of your past. Your real past. Not the delusions in your head. You won’t be seeing things as you have always perceived them. You won’t be thinking about how things should have been, or could have been. Instead, you will be taking an honest look at your drug and alcohol use. You will be able to sit down, reflect, and see what alcohol and drugs have really done to you. You won’t see the fun times as being so fun anymore. The results will shock and horrify you.
In truth, everyone else has seen this problems all along. If you have been used to hearing “why don’t you do something about your drinking/drugging?” or things like that, than they already know all about it. You have just been in a state of denial. If this denial lifts, you’ll be able to see your issues for what they are. You can then move to correct them.
The second thing you can learn in rehab is that you aren’t alone. Even if everyone else has pushed you aside from your drinking and drug use, you will discover other people who have shared the same thoughts, feelings, and emotions. You will learn that you aren’t the only one who drank yourself into a state of blacking out. You should quickly discover that you aren’t the only one with court, marriage, or family problems. From this wonderful discovery, you will gain a sense of understanding, acceptance and comradery. You no longer have to live in isolation from the world.
The third thing you can learn in rehab is that there is a solution. Addiction is not all powerful. It cannot stand up to a concerted, group-effort to beat it. It cannot beat the power of a personal God or Higher Power of your own choosing. If you decide to face it, you can do so either with the help of a supernatural being (if you believe that), or with the help of others with the same issue. You may not have known it before, but you can stay sober and live sober and be happy.
The fourth thing you can learn in rehab is that you can live a life of value. You may have felt worthless before. You no longer have to feel that way. Indeed, addiction and alcoholism love to kick you when you are down. The illness that centers in your mind seeks out every opportunity to inflict self-hatred, loathing, and self-pity upon you. You don’t have to allow it. Indeed, you find out you are worthwhile, you have value, and you can bring this into the world.
The fifth thing you can learn in rehab is that by helping others, you help yourself. Many alcoholics and drug addicts are, by nature, selfish. It is normal for a person with addiction to take, take, take – there is always a need for MORE. Once in a rehab, you may learn you want to give back. You may feel so much relief and joy at being relieved of your obsession to drink and do drugs, that you want to give it back. By doing so, this not only makes you feel better, but it can help others too. There is truly no substitute for being a good person. Helping other people will help you to stay sober and also give them a chance to live.