Get Help Now

(207) 679-5005

Rise to Recovery: Maximizing Your Time in Treatment

Issue 32

by Stan Popovich

Starting treatment at a rehab facility for the first time can feel scary. You might be wondering what you should do and what you shouldn’t do while you’re there, which is completely normal!

Here are five tips to help you make the most out of your time in rehab.

  1. Follow the Rules

The most important thing to remember is to follow the rules. Your main goal is to get better, so focus on that. Avoid doing anything that could cause problems, and keep your attention on finding ways to succeed in your recovery.

2. Listen to the Professionals and Ask Questions

The counselors at the treatment facility are there to help you. They’ve worked with many people in different situations. Following their guidance can help your recovery and get your life back on track.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions if there’s something you don’t understand. Going to treatment might be new and stressful, but the staff is there to help. Asking questions can make your stay more comfortable and help you get the information you need.

3. Be Friendly

It’s normal to feel scared and frustrated, but try not to take it out on the staff or other residents. Blaming others won’t help with your recovery. Being kind to others can help create a positive atmosphere, and most people will treat you with respect in return.

4. Attend Programs and Meetings

Treatment facilities usually offer programs and attendance at recovery meetings throughout the day and evenings. Make sure you attend these programs regularly, even when you are feeling tired, overwhelmed, or just do not want to.

Remember, your time there is limited, and these programs provide valuable information that can help with your recovery.

5. Take Notes

When you talk to the professionals or attend groups, it’s easy to forget what was said. Taking notes can help you remember later. This information is important for overcoming your fears and anxieties, and in gaining useful tools for the future, so it’s worth writing down.

Every treatment center experience is different, so don’t assume anything based on past experiences. Each situation is unique, and it’s important to approach it with an open mind.

By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in treatment and work toward a healthier, happier life.

You’ve got this!

If you or a loved one is headed to treatment, here are some helpful questions to ask before you go:

  • What addiction specialties does your program focus on, and what evidence-based approaches do you use?
  • How long is the typical treatment program, and is there room for adjustment depending on my progress?
  • What are the qualifications of your staff and counselors?
  • What kind of living arrangements and amenities do you provide? Do you have a list of things I should bring?
  • What meal options are available, and are there any rules about personal items I should be aware of?
  • Do you offer therapy beyond substance use disorder treatment? (Ask questions that relate to your recovery, like: Veteran, LGBTQIA+, dual diagnosis, etc.)
  • Could you walk me through a typical day in the program?
  • How will I be able to communicate with my family and friends? Do you offer counseling and support to my family while I am there?
  • How do you address relapse prevention and ongoing support for long-term recovery?
  • What are the costs involved, and what options do I have regarding insurance and financial assistance?
  • What is your policy on smoking or vaping, and do you offer support for those looking to quit?

Good luck, and great job on a new path forward!

Stan Popovich
Stan Popovichhttp://www.managingfear.com
Stan is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear,” which covers a variety of techniques that can drastically improve your mental health. For more information, please visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com.

Related Articles


Join the movement to make recovery stories, resources and programs visible!

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Sponsored Content

Quick Links