Spending time in rehab can be costly and takes a great deal of time out of your work schedule so there is no reason to throw away the experience.
Rehab is an opportunity you may not have the means to do more than once, so it is important to invest all your energy and effort into recovery.
At rehab you are offered resources and assistance from people that are at your disposal every day and that is not something you will always have available to you when you go home.
In your first stages of recovery you will need to be completely immersed in the program to get the best return on the investment you've made in rehabilitation.
Accepting You Have a Problem
Something that can often hold people back from reaching their full recovery is a continuing problem with denial. They may think their substance abuse is not as bad as everyone else in the program or that they can easily quit and control themselves.
Denial can be a hard thing to get over but it is not productive if you need to change and move on in a limited amount of time. Getting through the denial phase as early on as possible will allow you make more progress in the end. That means admitting that you are powerless over your addiction and that you need help from others to get better.
When you are no longer in denial you can take better advantage of the supportive team of people around you and be more honest about the things you have been through in the past. Opening up and being honest with yourself and others is one of the best ways to work toward recovery.
Using a Realistic Approach
Another important way to get the most out of a recovery program is to stay positive but set realistic expectations. You need to believe that you can overcome your addiction and maintain hope about experiencing a better future but you must understand that it takes plenty of time to recover.
Addiction is a chronic disease that in a certain way will be with you for your entire life and you need to always manage your symptoms. Recovery is more than just abstaining from substance abuse, it means re-shaping your life and thinking and behaving differently than you have in the past.
You should not expect your addiction to be "cured" after a certain amount of time. A more realistic approach to recovery is to consider it a lifelong effort that becomes progressively easier over time.
Follow the Guidelines
Being in a recovery program can sometimes mean following a structured schedule and certain restrictions. It is crucial for anyone in a recovery program to follow every rule provided for you by the program.
If you make a mistake and break a rule then you could jeopardize your privilege of being there and you will lose the opportunity to benefit from treatment. People in recovery may be used to being isolated, following their own rules and frequently indulging themselves but in a treatment center it is important to temporarily give up a few freedoms for your own benefit.
In the same way, you can get more out of recovery if you open yourself to other ideas and the wisdom of the people around you. Instead of following the same self-absorbed mentality, in recovery you can learn from other people's experiences and the knowledge of addiction specialists.
These are resources that you need to take advantage of in order to see the full benefits of a rehab program. Being accepting of your problem, open to change, and abiding by the rules are the easiest ways to reach a complete recovery.