Recovery is a word quite used to describe alcohol and drug rehabilitation. There is a notion that going to “recovery” will make one better and grant the skills to acknowledge and combat addiction. But recovery looks different depending on each individual person. When going to a recovery center or therapy, it is essential to have a few ideas about what to expect from the process. This can help them define their own reasons and their own successes. Recovery is an essential solution for addicted individuals. Still, they also need to address a few fundamental expectations when beginning their journey. In this way, they can create for themselves a better chance of successful rehabilitation.
Why Recovery at All?
It is hard to get better if someone doesn’t genuinely want to. If they are at a recovery facility to please their loved ones, for instance, their chances of success are significantly lower. While it is still certainly possible, one must decide for themselves why they are there. Some may struggle to imagine a sober life and don’t really know what to expect when coming to therapy. Is there something about it that interests the person? Perhaps getting sober is for the family, after all, to better care for them. Maybe it’s a pathway to professional success, knowing that further advancement in their business life will require sobriety. Going to rehab without knowing the “why” is possible, but makes the journey exceedingly difficult. It can be extraordinarily challenging to motivate oneself to truly get better. If you’re trying to recover without a clear understanding of “why,” it can be just that much more complicated. The motivation to recover will differ from person to person but can lead you to imagine the next step: what kind of community there will be.
Recovery is a Group Process
This can take many different forms, but it all boils down to “the people that surround you.” Addiction can afflict people of all ages, genders, and demographic backgrounds. Grouping people only as “addicts” can make the recovery process rocky. Addicted people may not necessarily feel a kinship with other addicts who share no other attributes with themselves. Take into consideration those goals, as mentioned above. This will guide you to the right recovery environment, working with professionals that understand that goal and can help you create the proper path to sobriety. Additionally, consider things like the socio-economic background of any particular group therapy, and the average ages of those attending. Feeling like an outsider can be a significant detriment to the recovery process. On the other hand, being in a room with peers suffering from the same problem can have the opposite effect – motivation and the ever-so-elusive hope for the future.
“Recovery” will take its shape once you’ve identified these factors. Know who you are, and why you want to get better, and work outwards based on that. Implement strategies that make sense for your age group. Recovery has never been a one-size-fits-all kind of practice, and it should never be treated as such. It already takes a massive amount of courage to acknowledge the problems and go to a facility to address them. Fully investing one’s self is no small matter.
Overall, there are many factors in play, and there are multiple facilities for a reason. Take the time to find the right one. Going to a group session where you feel like an outsider is going to make the process rocky. Why do people want to get better? No matter how long the sobriety and rehabilitation take, what comes after that? Nobody can answer those questions for someone else, so the specific answer is essential. Don’t waste time with a facility that cannot acknowledge those needs. Instead, recover in a place that fits the individual and can guide one in the right direction for them individually. Recovery is a community-focused project – both in the group stage, in office, and even when interacting with society. It’s important not to set up more barriers, such as feeling like an outsider that would hinder the process. Find a helpful community and nurturing to one’s own particular needs. Sink into it, enjoy a feeling of safety and kinship in what will inevitably be a rough, if rewarding, time, as the first steps in their own goals are made.
For those looking for a place to begin their own journeys, or simply looking for more information on what that first step can look like for them, there is help available. Contact Alta Centers at 1-888-202-2583 for more information on their unique take on the detox and recovery process. Focused on keeping ties with the larger society during the recovery process, and specializing in redefining what “fun” can look like during the process, Alta Centers are a unique and modern take on the recovery process that can be with someone during each step of the way, and provide guidance based on the needs of each individual. Utilizing personalized programs depending on the goals set by the patients themselves, Alta Centers prides itself on being able to create unique paths to success.