The idea of going to an inpatient rehabilitation facility for the first time can be scary. Aside from the fact you are probably at the worst place mentally and physically you’ve ever personally been at upon check-in, not knowing what your life is about to look like can be daunting.
Consider yourself lucky for two reasons. First, you’re still alive. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, more than 17,000 deaths were attributed to illegal drug use in 2009, which works out to around 114 per day. Second, you’re receiving treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration conducted a survey in 2013 and found the amount of people going without help was staggering. That year, more than 24 million people were suffering from substance abuse issues, but just slightly more than 2.5 million checking in a rehab facility.
It’s important to recognize addiction for what it is, a disease. Despite some people believing it just a choice and willpower is all that is needed, the science now shows that addiction, regardless of the type, is a disease of the mind. It’s also important to recognize that drugs and alcohol are not the only things people head to rehab for. There are people in facilities across the country struggling with eating disorders, sexual compulsion, gambling addiction and more.
If you’ve ever seen the television show Intervention, you know what a horrible monster addiction can be and just how hard it is to beat it, even if you have professional help. If you’re coming to terms with your issues and you think a stay at an inpatient facility may help, terrific. To help get you through the butterflies, here are 15 things you should know before you enter rehab.
15 You Have a Problem
14 It’s Going to Cost a Lot
13 Get The Picture Out of Your Head
12 You’re Walking Into an Established Social Order
11 It Will Be Like House Arrest
10 You May Be There a While
9 The Rules Will Frustrate You. Get Over It.
8 Former Addicts Will Be Treating You
7 There is Very Little Communication With the Outside World
6 You’re Not in a Place Free of Temptation
5 You'll Build Strong Connections to Fellow Patients
4 Learn the Policies on Nicotine and Caffeine
3 Get Used to the 12 Steps
2 Leaving Will Be Strange
1 Success is Rare, But Happens
If it’s your first time in rehab, you’ll probably be surprised that you’re in the minority, with most of the people around you on their second, third or 14th try. Thankfully, they keep coming back but it does show how few people succeed upon leaving a facility on their first try. Depending on the statistics you look at, successfully maintaining sobriety after leaving a rehab center on the first try is between 5 and 20 percent. Beating the demon of addiction is the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do, but it can be done and if it doesn’t work the first time, continue to fight it. Your life depends on it.
Sources: CDC.gov, TheFix.com, Luxury.Rehabs.com, BJS.gov
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