Why is it that some people manage to completely transform their lives at rehab while others can struggle to adapt to recovery? Is it just that the personality of certain individuals makes them better able to get the most out of this program? It is true that having certain attributes will make it easier for you to get the most out of a treatment program, but the good news is that these are all traits you can easily develop.
How to Become the Type of Person Who Succeeds at Rehab
If your approach to the limitations and challenges in life is to console yourself with the thought ‘it’s just the way I am’, you will find it hard to get the most out of rehab. The reality is that in many instances, the thing that is holding us back is our own limited view of ourselves. You can become the type of person who is able to develop a much better way of living – all you need is the passion and motivation to escape your comfort zone. Here are some of the most important attributes you need to develop to become a winner in recovery:
If you already had all the answers, wouldn’t your life be much better than it is now? If your approach to life was so effective, wouldn’t things be much easier for you? In order to get the most out of an addiction rehab program, you need to approach treatment with a bit of humility – you need to be willing to listen and experiment with the suggestions you are given. This doesn’t mean that you have to just accept what the therapists says without question, but you do need to be teachable – this is what is meant by beginner’s mind.
A Determination to Succeed
The one attribute that really stands out for people who succeed at rehab is the willingness to do whatever it takes. This determination turns you into an unstoppable force, and it gives you the energy to make use of all the resources available at rehab. You need the same passion for recovery as you once had for alcohol or drugs, and it is this that will ensure your success.
Faith in Recovery
Our culture is becoming increasing secular, and this can mean there can be a bit of distrust of the word ‘faith’. Unfortunately, you do need faith in order to get the most out of rehab, but it is a very simple type of faith – you just need to believe that doing the right things is going to start moving your life in the right direction. This faith is only really needed in the very beginning because once you see how much better your life is getting, you can replace faith with evidence.
Gratitude is a type of super-energy that powers you through rehab and ensures continued improvements in your life. It is often stated that those who feel grateful for their recovery are never going to relapse so be sure to develop this vital attribute.