TREATMENT WORKS IF YOU DO THE WORK
Treatment Works! So, you can’t just cruise through treatment and expect to find an instant solution for addiction. It just doesn’t look like that. You have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do the work of recovery. What does this mean? It means we have to make a commitment to a safe detox, a possess a degree of honesty while we are being assessed for treatment and to not just be a person sitting in a seat in treatment, but instead to be a person fighting for a chance to be well. In order to have a successful treatment experience, we have to be willing to accept our circumstances, face the discomfort of them and commit to the process of change. 100%.
We have to be willing to change. It may have been a really long time since we were people living in or with hope. We may have become rigid, only believing that our next drink or our next fix will solve the way we are feeling. We have likely lost the ability to be flexible about this, to see other ways of coping as desirable. We may have lost our way from the things that matter to us and have no clue how to create a loving and healthy vision for our lives. We may have forgotten how to love ourselves and those around us. So, the idea of committing to treatment is to literally be willing to jump off a cliff—to freefall into the hope of rebuilding some or all of these areas of our life that have been affected by our addiction.
To do all of this, we have to work hard. We literally have to retrain our minds to think differently and teach our bodies to cope without substances. We have to face our problems and stop avoiding the things that hurt us. Whether it be on our attitudes or our ways of thinking and operating, the therapies involved in getting real help, we have to approach our treatment with our sleeves rolled up, ready to work on ourselves.
How do we begin to do this?
We listen and take action. We work with the tools of therapy at hand, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EMDR, one on one counselling, mindfulness training, visioning, relapse prevention strategies, biofeedback therapy, recovery meetings and any other tools at hand during treatment. We have to show up to these things with a good positive attitude and be willing to accept help in all of the forms it comes in. To do this successfully, we must k eep an open mind and an open heart. This is a big part of a path to success. The act of being willing and open. This can sometimes be a piece of cake, but at other times can be work.
By now, you are likely getting the idea the treatment is not Club Med. There are things to be done. No matter how it is that you have become willing to seek out help, there is one thing to remember as you begin the road to recovery: you are fighting for your life back.
Let that sink in for a moment. This is real.
The best thing that you can do for yourself is be on board and work hard towards your own wellness and recovery. This attitude will save your life. It will give you your life back. It is hard work being an addict or alcoholic. It takes a lot of effort to maintain the lies, the supply and the lifestyle. Choosing recovery is hard also. There are no free rides. If both are equally as hard a road, we hope that you pick the one that has promise and put your shoulder behind it. What is there to lose?