When undergoing treatment for addiction recovery, whether it is outpatient or inpatient treatment, it is important to find little ways that you can re-establish power over your life. This is because, at its root, addiction is all about taking away your power and making you believe you are helpless. The way to reinvent yourself and the power you have over yourself, you need to remember that you have the power of choice. Within recovery, there are plenty of choices that you can recognize and make to create a better foundation for your lasting prosperity. Here are some important things to remember when you do so.
Learn to Establish Productive Freedom
The structure of some rehabs can make us feel like we don’t have many choices in our life, or in our recovery process. For some people, the structure and support of the center feel like a good match right away, but for others, it can feel very restricting and limiting. Establishing new boundaries is hard, but we just have to keep reminding ourselves that we’re choosing to be here and that this will be good for us in the long run. Living a more restricted lifestyle now will translate into freedom from addiction in the future.
Recognize What You Can Control
Even though it seems like our options are limited during rehab, we actually have a lot of choices available to us, and even more, open up as we progress in the program. If we’re willing to stay open and work with our therapist and other treatment professionals, we can have a say in what kinds of treatment we participate in. As we communicate our needs, likes, and dislikes, we can have a large degree of influence over our own recovery plan. As we earn more trust and freedom, we can choose what activities to participate in, whom to form bonds with, and even what to do in our free time.
Commit to Staying Committed
The bottom line is that every day or hour or minute that we decide to stay in rehab, we are exercising our freedom to choose health over insanity. Even though intensive addiction therapy feels restrictive, it is a choice we’re making, and one that will pay off if we can stay committed. Instead of thinking of all the things that we’re missing out on, we need to keep our minds trained on all the possibilities and choices we’re opening ourselves up for in the future.