If you’re going through addiction treatment, you probably entered rehab with the best of intentions. You were ready to work hard and overcome your problems with drug and alcohol abuse. However, many people unconsciously make mistakes that can render their treatment less effective and sabotage their recovery.
5 Things That Sabotage Your Addiction Treatment
Here are a few common errors that can derail your recovery efforts:
Thinking You Can Do Addiction Treatment Recovery Alone
Recovery isn’t a solo venture– a good support network is critical to get you through the tough times. Some people have a hard time asking others for help during their recovery, even when they’re in real danger of slipping into relapse territory. Remember that reaching out to a sponsor or group member is like calling out for a life preserver: Your addiction support system is ready to throw you a lifeline, but you need to ask for one first.
Ignoring Your Addiction Recovery Aftercare Plan
Whether you attend inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab, you’ll receive an aftercare plan before you leave the treatment center. This plan will help you ensure that your recovery continues to go smoothly after you complete treatment. Your aftercare plan may recommend that you attend a 12-step program or continue counseling sessions with a therapist; it might also suggest a certain diet plan or exercise routine to help you take care of your health.
Sometimes people tell themselves that rehab “cured” their addiction, and they ignore their aftercare plan. If you find yourself blowing off 12-step meetings or skipping your morning meditation, you might be sabotaging your recovery efforts.
Making Drastic Health Routine Changes Without Telling Your Doctor or Therapist
At the addiction treatment centers that we work with, a resident’s health is always closely monitored. Part of the rehab process includes developing healthy lifestyle habits regarding diet and exercise. If a client has a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental illness, they may be prescribed medication to manage their symptoms. Don’t make the mistake of quitting your healthy habits or stopping your medication without the consent of a physician. Your mental health and physical health are essential for maintaining your recovery.
Isolating Yourself From Those Who Provide Addiction Support
Addiction can be a lonely and isolating disease. There’s a reason why rehabilitation centers emphasize the importance of support groups and 12-step programs: Sharing your feelings and building new relationships are important elements of addiction treatment. If you find yourself avoiding social opportunities and spending a lot of time alone, you might be putting your recovery at risk.
Believing That You Know Best
It’s not unusual for people in recovery to think that they know better than their counselors, sponsors or fellow group members–that’s their addiction talking. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to serious problems during recovery. Instead of trying to write your own rules of recovery, acknowledge the wisdom and experience of those who are further along on their recovery journey.
The road to recovery may not always be smooth, but you don’t have to let these common mistakes keep you from making the most of your treatment. If you recognize that you may be sabotaging your treatment, you can take action right away and get back on track before any real damage is done.