Deciding to go to inpatient rehab for alcoholism treatment is difficult, but it may be the best decision you can make – it may even save your life. Most people who enter rehab for the first time have a lot of questions about what to expect and how to get the most out of their time there. When you are taking time away from your life, even when it’s to get better, it can seem inconvenient and disruptive, and you want some assurance that what you are doing is worth it.
There are some real benefits of going to inpatient alcohol rehab that make it worth it. Additionally, there are some things that you can do while you are there to embrace the program and get all that you can out of it. Whether your inpatient program is 30 days or longer, the time will fly by and you will be back in the real world before you know it. Gaining the most you can while you are there and able to focus on yourself and your recovery will give you the best chance for continued sobriety and recovery. Getting started on your path to recovery won’t be easy, but it definitely will be worth it.
Benefits of inpatient alcoholism treatment
Inpatient treatment is the most effective way of treating alcoholism. Your days will be busy and full with educational classes, recovery meetings, therapy, and other activities. These are the fundamentals of every recovery process. In addition, you will find the following benefits when you check into an inpatient program:
- Medical detox – Supervised detox is safer and more comfortable than trying to do it yourself.
- Fellowship – You will be with others who share the same struggles that you do. Bonds form quickly and strongly in treatment.
- Individual and group therapy – Working with a therapist and other alcoholics will help you identify your triggers and give you the support you need in early recovery.
- Psychiatric evaluation – Many alcoholics have underlying psychiatric issues that need to be treated alongside their addiction.
- Full-time support – You’ll have access to support and care 24 hours a day. You don’t have to feel alone in treatment.
- No distractions – You will be away from your daily life which will allow you to focus on you and your recovery without distraction.
- Time for recovery – The first days and weeks of recovery are often the most difficult. Being inpatient for at least a month gives you the time you need to get started in recovery.
- Aftercare – Support doesn’t end when you leave rehab. There are aftercare and alumni groups to keep you focused on recovery even when you are no longer inpatient.
Making the most of your time in rehab
Recovery takes work, there is no doubt about that. But when you embrace a few things, before and during rehab, you will be able to get the most out of your time there.
Most addicts have some difficulty with being honest. They have either become accustomed to lying to hide their addiction and its consequences, or they have become adept at lying to themselves about being an addict or the extent to which their lives are unmanageable. It’s important that you do not hide anything and that you be open and honest while in rehab. Embracing the truth allows therapists and rehab staff to help you on a deeper level, strengthening your recovery.
When you are new to recovery, there may be things and emotions that come up that you don’t want to deal with. A big part of getting the most out of treatment is being willing to do what is asked of you and to go to those places emotionally that you have been avoiding. It isn’t easy, but working on willingness will open you up for more healing.
When you are in treatment, the more you can embrace acceptance, the easier the work will be. Accepting that you need help for your alcoholism is a huge step in the right direction. As thoughts and feelings that you have worked to avoid or numb with your drinking start to surface, being accepting of them rather than fighting or denying them, will help you with forgiveness (of yourself and others) and emotional sobriety.
You are already more courageous than you think – asking for and accepting help for your alcoholism is a very brave thing to do. Continuing to take steps in the right direction, despite the fear you are likely to experience, is what true courage is about. To get the most out of rehab, you must do that, keep working even when you are afraid. You will be amazed at the results.