Going to rehab is an investment in your future, so it makes sense that you want to get the most out of this experience. This programme is not only designed to help you escape alcoholism or drug addiction but to also provide you with the tools you need to build a better life in sobriety. Unfortunately, there are things that can go wrong in rehab that prevent this from happening including:
- An Ambivalent Attitude towards Recovery
If you are ambivalent towards recovery, it means that you are still not fully convinced that this is the right path for you. It’s common to feel this way when you first enter rehab, but if you remain ambivalent, you might not be motivated enough to do what needs to be done to strengthen your sobriety. The most common reason for this half-hearted attitude towards sobriety is the hope of being able to safely use alcohol or drugs in the future – in order to succeed in rehab, you need to let of this dream.
- Failure to Make Use of the Available Resources
All any rehab programme can do is provide you with the resources you need to build a solid sobriety. Nobody can make you pick up these tools, and if you only do the bare minimum in rehab, you are not going to gain much from the experience. This is all about you taking charge of your own life – nobody can do this work for you.
- Demand Resistance
Demand resistance is a pattern of behaviour that people can develop in childhood due to living with parents who are overly-demanding. The child realises it is never going to be possible to meet the expectations of the parent so instead starts to rebel. This demand resistance becomes a habit, and it means the person rebels against authority figure. If you are dealing with demand resistance, it can make you resistant to therapists and other rehab professionals.
- Inability to Control Anger
The problem with losing your temper in rehab is that you lose your ability to think rationally. It is the most common reason for why people check-out of a facility early and head straight to a bar or drug dealer.
- Isolating in Rehab
Isolating in rehab means you are not going to be getting the most out of the programme, and it can also be a sign that you are heading towards a relapse.