Tips For Making The Most Of Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

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If you have an addiction, chances are good that you are going to need to some form of treatment in order to free yourself from it. You might decide that the most effective method for you is to go into an inpatient treatment center. The inpatient treatment center method is designed to remove you from the temptation of your substance of choice while giving you the skills and tools that you need to move past your addiction and continue on with your life. If you decide to go into an inpatient treatment center, here are some tips for making the most of your time there.  

1. Attend All Meetings and Therapy Sessions

When you are at a treatment center, your days are going to be filled up with group therapy sessions, meetings, and other events that are going to keep you busy and teach you skills to deal with the emotions that cause you to crave whatever your substance of choice is. It might be tempting to simply stay in bed all day and not go to these sessions, especially if you are going through any withdrawal due to the fact that you no longer have access to your substance of choice or any substances at all. Try to avoid giving into this desire to stay in bed as much as possible. When you lie in bed, you are going to be away from other people and will be stuck in your own head, wishing that you had your substance. At the very least, if you attend all of the sessions during the day, you will be able to occupy yourself and avoid focusing too hard on how horrible you feel.

2. Do Your Individual Therapy Homework

Next, you need to be sure that you are doing all of the homework that you are assigned in individual therapy. Individual therapists assign homework for a reason. They want the topic of discussion that you have had to continue past your session with your therapist in order to make it more effective. It might seem silly or uncomfortable, but try to do whatever your therapist wants you to do and do it in writing. This will help you have a record of your thoughts during different times of your treatment and make it easier for you to track your progress.

3. Tell Your Friends the Address of the Inpatient Treatment Center

Tell your friends and family the address of the inpatient treatment center and ask for them to visit you on the weekend or send you letters. This will help keep you motivated to continue trying to get well and kick your addiction because it will show that the outside world is still waiting for you and there are people who still care about you.

For more information, talk to an inpatient rehab that specializes in substance abuse (such as Dr. Lewis A. Weber & Associates).


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