For some people, the process of recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction is almost as confusing and frustrating as the addiction itself. They feel overwhelmed by what’s being asked of them, they don’t know who to turn to with questions, and they feel intimidated by the healthcare system. Why do they feel this way? As we tell people at our Sacramento alcohol rehab center, typically it’s because they’ve not been encouraged to take an active role in their recovery.
The Concept of Self-Managed Care
While you need the skills and experience of counselors and doctors as you work your way through recovery, it’s important to keep in mind that ultimately they don’t make you well, you make you well. And studies have shown that people who get more deeply involved in their care have a much more positive experience and much greater success.
What does being “involved” mean? Here are some examples:
Reaching out to counselors and physicians
Your relationship with your counselor or physician entitles you to ask them questions as they arise, and not just when they ask you if you have any. If there’s something you want to know about how your treatment is progressing or where it’s headed, ask!
Viewing test results
The data from any tests performed on you belongs to you. You should be curious about it. Are things improving? If so, how quickly? If not, why not? Get involved in monitoring your data.
Having high standards for your abstinence
You should abstain from using drugs or alcohol not because someone else says it’s the right thing to do. When your care is more self-managed, you abstain because you know that it’s the right thing to do.
Discussing your progress with trusted friends and loved ones
Your odds of successfully recovering from addiction are much higher when you enlist the support of family and friends. And that doesn’t just mean telling them how you’re doing—it means being open and honest about what you need from them.
Putting Yourself in the Driver’s Seat
At our alcohol rehab programs in Sacramento, we encourage people to get deeply involved in their treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction can leave you feeling like you’ve lost control of your life. Taking a self-managed approach to your recovery can help you get that control back. It is very empowering. Call today to learn more about our programs.