Rehab is something you absolutely don’t need to be afraid of. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not filled with bleak hallways and cell-style rooms where people sit in circles, shamefully revealing their stories and repenting the various misdemeanors that come with a life of addiction. In fact, many people report having very positive experiences, especially due to connecting with facility staff and their peers in the treatment program.
The word “rehab” conjures up different ideas for different people, and sometimes the association is negative. In the days when addiction was less understood, early treatment programs focused more on behavioral issues—and they simply tried to contain that which they didn’t know how to treat. That’s certainly not the case today. Treatment providers understand much more about the physical and psychological aspects of addiction thanks to improvements in scientific research and the subsequent development of many innovative therapies.
The modern recovery experience is something to be celebrated. Addiction therapists understand that alcoholism or drug use is not a matter of being selfish; it’s often a form of self-medicating as a response to pain. They know that genetic factors can influence who is likely to become addicted to substances and how strongly certain chemicals can take hold of a vulnerable brain. They acknowledge that the inability to stop taking substances is not due to a moral failing or lack of willpower on the addict’s part.
People entering treatment these days are treated with respect for choosing to get their lives back on track. Modern rehab professionals are generally caring, non-judgmental, understanding and wise. Instead of criticizing patients’ substance abuse or seeking to make them feel guilty about their addiction, they offer a warm, supportive hand to guide them through the process of recovery. Many treatment professionals and staff who work at rehab facilities are in recovery themselves and can relate to an addict’s struggles.
Feeling at Home While Healing
The environment in a modern rehab facility is also very different from the old idea of a treatment center. Many of today’s centers are designed to be as comfortable and welcoming as possible so patients feel safe and relaxed while they undergo rehabilitation.
Modern treatment programs want patients to make themselves at home while they go begin their journey of recovery. Patients are often allowed to see family members and aren’t forced to adopt a certain belief system. People are treated as individuals deserving of time, care and attention. Most rehab centers will provide for individual requirements, such as special diets, and will offer everything needed for a comfortable stay.
Rehab can even include fun and adventure as part of therapy. While there is serious healing that needs to take place, modern programs offer much more than counseling alone. Holistic rehabilitation centers may have options for exploring therapy through art, music, hiking, yoga and even horseback riding. A treatment center is a safe place to renew your body and mind.
Is a Better Life So Scary?
Many modern rehabs are much more aspirational than those that came before them. It’s not just about detoxing patients and teaching them a few relapse prevention methods. Holistic treatment providers aim to both clear the body and mind of poisons, cravings and damaging ways of thinking, and also set patients up for a healthy, meaningful new life.
However, the prospect of a full and fulfilling recovery is still scary for some as they often view their substance of choice as a close friend. Treatment programs, however, aim to gently enlighten patients about the reality of addiction while providing the emotional support needed to break free of their physical and psychological dependency.
Sometimes addicts are less ambivalent about giving up a substance and are deeply committed to sobriety. However, they may still be frightened or have doubts in their mind that rehab will work for them. This is a typical symptom of the low self-esteem that addicts often suffer from, and treatment programs are designed to address those untruthful beliefs, help patients feel good about their strengths, and show them that a great new life is possible for them, too.
Human beings are naturally wary of change, even if it can be for the better. People who use substances are particularly prone to being short-term thinkers—people who long for immediate relief and results, even if it causes long-term damage. Addicts can struggle with negative thought patterns and sometimes dismiss the wonderful life that sober people have. But today’s treatment programs teach patients that there are other ways of living that are worth the effort and that being sober can be fun, enjoyable and massively rewarding.
By providing programs that are tailored to an individual’s needs, desires and ambitions, holistic rehab programs allow the patient to build a sober life that will be so personally meaningful that they will want to turn any fear into excitement.
Changing Your Life
Many modern rehabs are becoming known as spaces where people can build self-esteem, find freedom and embark on the wonderful journey of recovery and self-discovery that every addict deserves. If you’re looking for a welcoming place to find healing from your addiction or mental health conditions, contact us today to find out more about the comprehensive, integrated program at Black Bear Lodge. We’re here to help you get rid of your fear and take hold of the healthy, fulfulling life that you deserve.
Written by Beth Burgess