Drug Rehab: Tips for Your Recovery Experience

Drug RehabTypically, when someone begins the drug rehab experience, they do not know the usual treatment procedure for getting sober. Of course, levels of drug rehab treatment depend on the severity of the addiction; however, a new recovering addict will likely participate in one of five levels of treatment as outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. These are:

  • Early Intervention Services – these services include educational, preventative, and brief intervention services.
  • Outpatient Treatment – Recovering addicts attend treatment for 6 hours or less for a period of time depending the their treatment plan
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment – Recovering addicts receive services by attending a treatment center during the day while living at home.
  • Residential or Inpatient Treatment – Recovering addicts live on site at a treatment centers where they receive treatment services for a period of time depending on treatment plan.
  • Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient Treatment – This is for adolescents who have an addiction with severe physical, emotional, and psychological concerns are so severe that they require 24-hour primary medical care for a period of time.

No matter your level of drug rehab treatment, the following are tips to support your recovery:

Stay closely connected to others in recovery.

Of course, you will meet others throughout your drug rehab experience. You can stay in touch with other recovering addicts by making at least three phone calls a week to people in recovery. It is important to stay in the company of those who share the same life goals, who want to stay sober and who have a positive vision for their lives. Having friendships and peers around you is a reminder that you’re not going through drug rehab alone and that you have support.

Attend an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting three times per week.

The AA community may or may not be a tool for you. However, it has played a significant factor in achieving sobriety for many and so it is mentioned here. AA can serve as an addiction support group, where recovering addicts share their stories, their concerns, and their fears. An AA community is another way of accessing support and feedback during drug rehab experience. Because AA meetings are so common, they can likely be found in the community you’re in. If AA meetings don’t work for you, find another addiction support group to attend.

Find a sponsor or mentor to support your process.

The AA community uses the term sponsor, which is none other than a mentor. He or she can also provide significant support, particularly support that is individualized and can meet your unique needs. Having a sponsor or mentor is having a resource that you can rely on as often as necessary. Even if you’re living at a residential drug treatment center it’s incredibly supportive to know that you’ll always have someone to call when needed.

Eat three meals per day.

Drinking alcohol and using drugs can have damaging effects on the body. Eating well can keep your body properly nourished, and that alone can facilitate making better decisions. In that way, healthy eating can also facilitate sober living.  At the very minimum, try to eat three meals per day while you’re in drug rehab.

Exercise at least three times per week.

Physical activity can release endorphins, which alone help to boost positive feelings. However, exercise can also help with long-term mental health, including making new connections in the brain, which alone can facilitate enduring sober living and long-term change.

Get Good Sleep

– Along the lines of psychological well being, a recovering addict who goes to bed and rises at the same time every day will often feel the difference in his or her mental health. Stress usually inhibits a regular sleep schedule; however, having a regular sleep schedule can help build resilience to that stress.

No matter the level of drug rehab treatment you need, the above tips are meant to support your recovery experience.


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