Being faced with the fact that you find yourself addicted to something that you have to seek treatment for can be humbling and frightening. You may find a million reasons in your mind to rationalize why it’s not a good idea. Your life will become interrupted, you’ll miss your friends, your life will change, it costs a lot of money, and a variety of other reasons may pass through your thought process.
What a lot of people don’t tell you about rehab, however, is that it can be an extremely transformational experience. Here are some of the things that you can look forward to about an experience in rehab, instead of dreading them.
First and foremost, the goal and purpose of rehab is to clear your body of harmful chemicals or self-sabotaging habits. Rehab provides the tools to be able to detoxify your body and move to a clearer state of mind which only freedom from dependence can provide.
By overcoming your addictive patterns and learning to identify what your triggers are, you can break out of the cycle of repetition and lack of control that addiction creates. Once you break your addiction then you allow yourself to be open to new experiences outside of always having your eye on fulfilling your “fix.”
Building Lifelong Friendships
Going through adversity in the company of other people going through the same thing can be an incredible bonding experience. Many people arrive to rehab knowing no one, being scared and feeling lost and victimized, only to find that other people are there experiencing the same feelings.
By sharing experiences in group therapy sessions which rehab provides, you can start to share your life experience and leave yourself open to incredible connections with other people that you wouldn’t otherwise have.
While the experience of rehab is incredibly humbling, sometimes it’s in our most humbling moments that we are our most vulnerable and most open to the ultimate human connection leading to lifelong friendships.
In most rehabs, patients are required to give up their cellphones and internet access. In this way, patients have no outside influence encouraging them to engage in their old habits which led them down destructive paths.
Many people in this modern world are so used to constantly being “plugged in” to their laptops, cell phones, and tablets that they can’t even remember what it was like to simply sit in silence not being aware of every little thing going on in the world.
This experience of disconnecting from technology and the internet is incredibly rejuvenating and enlightening. Unfortunately many people are never forced to do it, so they go on in their lives never knowing what it’s like to become unplugged and away from their phones and computers.