Why do some people experience a lasting transformation in rehab, yet others seem unable to get the most out of the programme? Does is it mean inpatient treatment is only suitable for a certain type of individual? It is true that people who succeed at drug rehab do tend to have certain characteristics, but the good news is that any can develop the follow five characteristics:
- Willingness to Do Whatever it Takes
Those who succeed in rehab tend to have a ‘can do’ attitude. These people are going to do whatever it takes to achieve their goal, and this makes them an unstoppable force. If you enter rehab with a list of things you won’t even consider, it may hold you back for achieving your goal.
- Full Commitment to Sobriety
If your reason for getting sober includes the word ‘should’, it could indicate that you are not fully committed. An ambivalent attitude is where you see the benefit of recovery, but you are still holding onto the idea that one day you will be able to drink or use drugs again. If you are not fully invested in this new life, you probably won’t be motivated enough to get the most out of your time in rehab.
- An Open Mind
If you had all the answers already, why would you even need to go to rehab? The reality is that addiction involves unhelpful patterns of thinking that are supported by illogical beliefs. If you insist on holding onto these beliefs, it is going to prevent you from making progress. Having an open mind doesn’t mean you need to become gullible – it just means considering any information that is presented to you as fairly as possible (use what works and abandon what doesn’t).
- Realistic Expectations
In Alcoholics Anonymous, they refer to unrealistic expectations as resentments just waiting to happen. You should expect to see some improvements in early recovery, but this is a journey that is going to last for the rest of your life. There are undoubtedly going to be some tough days ahead of you, and you need to be prepared for these – you also need to be prepared for times of great happiness.
- No Excuses for Failure
Those who succeed in rehab have all the same excuses for failing as everyone else. The difference is that instead of focusing on these excuses, these rehab winners only focus on the stuff that is going to help them succeed. The excuses can just be a way of self-handicapping your own efforts.