Sobriety is something you need to want to achieve on your own. No amount of nagging or pleading from your family and friends can convince you to give up drugs and alcohol, and if you are over the age of 18, in most states you have to voluntarily check yourself into treatment. You can’t be forced to do so.
If you are a family member, this is also an important thing to realize. You simply cannot force someone into treatment for drugs and alcohol. It can be incredibly heartbreaking and frustrating, but unless the individual wants to seek treatment themselves, there is no way to force them into it.
Sobriety Happens When You Want It
The most important thing to realize about getting sober is that there has to be a willingness to work hard for a sober lifestyle. Drugs and alcohol are very powerful, and their grip is extremely difficult to break out of. You can go to rehab for a year, but if you don’t have the true desire to stay sober, you will end up relapsing as soon as you have the opportunity. This is why so many people go to rehab multiple times and fail at sobriety. It isn’t until you go and actually want to save yourself that treatment will take effect.
If you want to get sober but are scared, that is a good start. At least the desire is there. Many people simply don’t care, or give up on the idea that they could ever achieve and maintain sobriety. These people usually end up in rehab for other reasons, like a court order. Unfortunately, they usually relapse right after they are done with treatment. They are uninvested, and don’t pay attention and can even be disruptive while in a treatment facility because they do not see the point in being there.
On the other hand, if the personal desire to achieve sobriety is within you, it is important to make the most out of your treatment so that you have all the tools you need to continue living a sober lifestyle once treatment is over. Each therapist, each group class, and everyone you encounter in rehab teaches you a valuable lesson, so it is important to keep your eyes and ears open and accepting. Treatment is literally the foundation on which your recovery will be built, so it is important that it is as strong as can be.
When you Want Sobriety, It Has to Be Number One
When you are ready to sober up and live a healthier lifestyle, it is important that you and your sobriety are your number one priorities. Dedicate yourself to learning as much as you can about yourself and your addiction while you are in treatment so that you build that foundation to a healthy future. Literally, soak up every moment.
Many people who have been through rehab describe it as an experience where they were able to learn more about themselves than they ever thought they could. It is a journey of self-discovery that many people don’t have the opportunity to take, so you may as well take advantage.
Once you complete your treatment program, it is important to avoid slipping right back into old habits. Clearly, doing so could easily cause you to relapse. Sadly, the relapse rates of people just out of rehab are unnervingly high, but you don’t have to be one of those statistics. The key is to come up with a long-term treatment plan to ensure you have the support you need to keep your mind right and stay away from triggers that could bring you down. Long-term treatment planning can include seeing a therapist, outpatient rehab, and/or going to 12-step meetings. It is up to you and what works for your schedule, but make sure it is the top priority.
Sobriety is ultimately a personal choice. You need to decide you want it and have the will to go for it. It is a difficult journey, but it is achievable as long as you keep your focus and priorities straight.
Ready to choose sobriety for your life? At Asheville Recovery Center, we’re here to support you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!