Twin Rivers Alcohol Rehab
The team here at Twin Rivers will be doing everything possible to help you to break free of addiction. We provide you with the right environment, the best resources, and plenty of support, but only you can make this transformation happen. The truth is that we can’t guarantee your success, but the good news is you can.
Here are 5 tips so you can make alcohol rehab centers work for you:
1. Get Rid of Any Ambivalence You Might Have Towards Alcohol Abuse
“Half measures availed us nothing” Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book
If you are ambivalent towards recovery, it means you are not fully committed to this new way of living. This would be the case if you believe that by staying sober for a certain amount of time, it is going to mean you will be safe to use alcohol again. If you want to enjoy a good life in sobriety, you need to let go of this desire to drink again completely – it is only then that you will be able to fully commit to the recovery programme.
2. Understand the Power of Humility
“My best thinking got me here” Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book
The fact that you have become addicted to alcohol doesn’t mean you are a bad person, but it is likely that you have developed some unhelpful patterns of thinking. If you enter alcohol rehab with the attitude that you already have all the answers, it will be like the Zen story of adding tea to a cup that is already full. In order to succeed, you need to develop enough humility to become and remain teachable.
3. Take Responsibility for Getting the Most Out of Twin Rivers
Alcohol rehab is not a passive experience. All the resources you need to succeed are going to be there, but they are worthless unless you make use of them. This is your life that’s on the line, so you do need to take responsibility for your sobriety. Addiction can lead to a type of learned helplessness, but you need to overcome this and take charge.
4. Have Some Faith in the Power of Recovery
Getting sober requires a leap of faith, and this is why many people choose to stay as they are. You don’t know for sure what is going to happen when you give up alcohol, so you need to have some faith that it is going to mean a better life. You already know that doing the wrong things in life leads to suffering, so it certainly isn’t unreasonable to believe the opposite. Faith is only required at the beginning of your journey because once you are sober, there will be plenty of evidence that you made the right choice.
5. Be Willing to Do Whatever it Takes
The secret of those who have managed to develop a long-lasting sobriety is that they became willing to do whatever it takes and go to any lengths. This level of determination turns you into an unstoppable force, and it allows you to get the most out of the whole rehab recovery process and beyond.
David is the Clinical and Development Director of Twin Rivers Rehab in South Africa and a UK Accredited Addictions Therapist with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK. Articles/Blogs are written with the assistance of researchers and other specialists in the field of addiction and the recovery process