Making the Commitment to Success in Rehab

March 29, 2008

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Commitment is a big part of being successful in drug and alcohol rehab. It is necessary to put forth the required effort day after day, even when you don’t feel like it.

There will probably be many mornings when you would rather just stay in bed than face the world or deal with addiction treatment. There will be many times when you have to force yourself to say no to drugs and alcohol, even though you may not necessarily want to right at that moment. It’s essential to learn how to look at the big picture and seek long-term gains rather than short-term pleasure.Commitment means doing what you say you’re going to do. Promises that are made need to be honored. For example, you have to stay in treatment until the program is finished. If you tell loved ones that you are going to drug rehab and that you’ll do everything you can to maintain addiction recovery, commitment means following through with that. Leaving early will only make it more likely that you will relapse, and then you will be right back in the same place where you started. Begin to convince yourself that giving up on rehab is simply not an option until you are successful.

In addition to following through with your actions, you have to put forth the real effort to change. This means being open and honest in therapy sessions and really trying to get to the root of problems. Part of commitment is giving your all in every activity that you participate in to try to get everything good that you can out of it. It means being open to new ideas in addiction treatment and being willing to try new things. You already know that your old behaviors weren’t working. Some people don’t develop strong commitment until they are already in the middle of a rehab program, but the sooner you do it, the more meaningful your experience will be.

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