Getting the Most Out of Addiction Treatment: Why Mindset Matters

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Calendar icon Last Updated: 09/22/2021

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When you make the decision to go into drug and alcohol addiction treatment, you want to succeed and become sober. Yet it’s not the facility or the staff that often make that happen. It’s your mindset that makes all the difference.

Having the right mindset when you go to drug rehab does a number of things. It keeps you positive, it keeps you focused, and it helps you succeed.

Be Open to Ideas

More so than just about anything else, having the right mindset towards drug and alcohol addiction treatment and the treatment process improves your recovery success.

Those that are receptive to drug rehab are more likely to:

  • Complete treatment
  • Participate in aftercare
  • Educate themselves about addiction and recovery
  • Make the necessary lifestyle changes
  • Hold themselves accountable
  • Utilize their support system

For those individuals who aren’t receptive to the treatment process, the following are more likely to occur:

  • Drop out of treatment
  • If completed, they gain little from the experience
  • Quickly fall into old, bad habits
  • Blame their circumstances and problems on others
  • Take a victim stance
  • Alienate themselves

Don’t Set Yourself Up for Failure

Making the decision to go to into treatment is a big one, and one that can be frightening and brave at the same time. After all, you’re making a potentially life changing decision that can lead you into the unknown. But if you don’t have the right mindset, you’re going to end up holding yourself back and already giving into resistance.

Instead of telling yourself that you won’t ever stay sober, tell yourself you can stay sober for today. Instead of focusing on how hard recovery is, think about all the opportunities you’ll have now that you’re not using. Stop looking at the glass as half empty and, instead, put on some rose colored glasses.

Get the Right Mindset

When you’re preparing to enter drug treatment, be sure you’re going in with the right mindset. Here are some of the things to consider.

  • Recognize your intrinsic value as a person and because of that alone, you deserve better than living a life of addiction to drugs and alcohol.
  • Change is uncomfortable but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Make a commitment to making positive changes, even when they’re not the easy thing to do.
  • Take responsibility for yourself, your addiction, and your recovery. The right mindset puts you in control, and there is no more room for blame shifting or taking a victim mentality.
  • Imagine a better future, one that’s free from the clutches of addiction, and work towards reaching that future.