Getting sober exposes you to a rollercoaster of emotions. When you are actively using drugs and alcohol, you may feel guilty and ashamed.
When you decide to get help, you may feel more frightened than anything else. However, once you have made a commitment to get sober, you will experience more positive emotions such as excitement and gratitude.
With these positive feelings comes a sense of regret due to the challenges that come with leaving addiction behind.
As you can see, you will experience a wide range of emotions at rehab. It can be difficult to regulate these emotions, and failing to process them will damage your mental health.
Fortunately, you will work through these feelings with a therapist. Over time, the intensity of the emotions will be reduced.
However, you will never be detached from your addiction journey as it will always be a part of you.
There is no use in going to rehab before you’re ready. It’s a big commitment to make, so you must ensure you have considered all the benefits and challenges of seeking professional help.
The main reasons you shouldn’t jump into rehab are:
If you make a quick decision to go to rehab, you will likely enter the facility with plenty of misconceptions about treatment. You may believe the treatment will be quick, easy, and pain-free, which is, unfortunately, isn’t. Perhaps you may not realise that you will have to engage in therapy on a daily basis. Without knowing these things, you are likely to be overwhelmed by the experience at rehab.
When you come out of rehab, you are in a much better position to manage your addiction. However, you will still have to strive to stay sober, and it certainly won’t be easy. This is why it’s so important that you are dedicated to getting sober before you even step foot in a Kingsbridge rehab centre.
As much as we discourage you from delaying treatment for superficial purposes, we don’t want you to rush into rehab before considering your options. You need to think about the specific ways in which you struggle with addiction and then we can find a treatment facility that will target those issues. The more personalised your treatment is, the more successful it is likely to be.
There are many factors that go into the average relapse rate, and one of them is how hasty the decision to get sober was. If you decide you want to recover and you don’t give yourself time to think about it, you are more likely to give up on treatment and end up relapsing.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we are strong advocates of individualised treatment. When you express your preferences to us, we do everything we can to refer you to your ideal centre.
We consider your type of addiction, the type of treatment you would prefer, the facilities you expect, and the location you desire.
This does not mean that we don’t offer any advice on treatment types. The final decision is yours, but we will encourage you along the way.
The majority of the time, we encourage clients to go to residential rehab as this provides the resources necessary to recover from a severe addiction.
However, we can also provide information about outpatient clinics in Kingsbridge and home detox programmes. The best type of treatment is different for everyone, and we want to discover which one is right for you.
Rehab is like a security blanket for many people – all your needs are met during the 28-day stay.
Firstly, all the cooking and cleaning is done by staff, so you get to put your full focus on getting healthy both mentally and physically.
Secondly, you have therapy sessions every single day, so not a day goes by when you can’t offload your feelings to a trained professional.
Finally, you are surrounded by fellow patients who can sympathise with your struggles.
As great as this is, it does mean you may feel scared to leave the comfort of rehab and return to everyday life.
It is so important to realise that you will be taken care of after rehab.
Staff are aware of how difficult it is to be in recovery on your own, so they will provide you with a support system to give you as much chance of staying sober as possible.
The main resource that you will be offered is a relapse prevention plan with activities such as therapy and calls with addiction specialists.
Another way that you can stay motivated in your sober lifestyle is to reach out to Rehab 4 Addiction. Our helpline operates 24/7, so there is always an advisor ready to have a chat with you.
Whether you need urgent advice or a shoulder to cry on, we would be honoured to support you.
A common phenomenon that occurs post-rehab is pink cloud syndrome.
This is when patients are extremely positive about their recovery journey, and they begin to think that they don’t have to do any more work to stay sober.
They may get back in touch with other users, return to the clubs they used to go to, and have a celebratory drink to congratulate themselves. This is something you must avoid at all costs.
We know that committing to abstinence is overwhelming, but for most people, there is no other way you can stay sober for the rest of your life.
An occasional drink turns into a few drinks which turn into a binge, and then your efforts to get sober are ruined. It really isn’t worth it.
Please call us on 0800 140 4690 if you’re ready to get help.
If you’re still unsure, you’re welcome to chat to one of our advisors and enquire about the benefits of rehab, outpatient treatment, or home detoxing.