Many people that start a treatment program see it as an awkward in-between place. They have mostly left behind the old life but have not yet begun the new. With that comes indecision and confusion about how to move forward.
To get started, try this simple tactic. Do the thing you need to do or get yourself ready to do the thing you need to do. If you need to go to treatment, then go to treatment. If you need to finish school, then go back to school. If you need to return to work, move out of your parents’ basement, or find a new job – then do it. Or, get yourself ready to do the thing you need to do.
Preparing Takes Time
People often come to our intensive outpatient treatment programs struggling, defeated, and feeling bewildered. They want to get their lives, hope and dreams back. Nevertheless, most people understand the necessity of the preparation process. Restoration takes time as the benefits of support, counseling, medication, rest, and sleep all take hold. Don’t under-value the importance of preparation. Studying, training, and practice are the necessary forerunners of success. People come to treatment to get themselves ready to do the thing they need to do.
Develop a Positive Mindset
Find the fundamental skills you need for your recovery and practice them until they become a knee–jerk reflex. The mindset that produces positive behaviors must also be developed. When you prepare yourself well, you’ll get the best long-term recovery results.
Recovery is a journey. Enjoy the ride!