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5 Things You’ll Learn in Drug Treatment

When you first walk into a drug treatment center you’ll have a lot of questions and there will likely be some apprehensions. You want to know what to expect and you want to know that drug treatment is going to be safe and effective. You’ll learn a lot of new things over the course of a few months or even just a few weeks in drug treatment. Drug treatment centers aim at helping you to learn strategies for overcoming addiction and ultimately for preventing future relapse once you leave drug treatment. Here’s a look at 5 very important steps that you will learn in drug treatment that will help you to maintain your own sobriety and meet your recovery goals.

Drug Treatment Centers Teach You to Be Honest with Yourself

When you are addicted to drugs or alcohol it’s easy to lie to yourself and make excuses. In fact, it’s the excuses and lies that cause you to think it’s “ok” to keep using. When you enter drug treatment you will learn very quickly that you must be true to yourself and be honest. You will be asked a series of questions about your addiction, your health, your family and your life—be honest with your counselor or therapist, be honest with your group during group sessions and most of all be honest with yourself.

Drug Treatment Centers Teach You to Make Better Decisions

When you are addicted to drugs or alcohol your decision making revolves around using and not so much around what’s important. Drug treatment centers will teach you how to make stronger and better decisions that do not revolve around drugs. You will learn how to think about what you are doing, take time out to really know the decision that you are making is right and also how to be aware of whether you have made a solid decision or not so that you can quickly make changes to stay on track. Decision making strategies that you will learn in drug treatment will carry through with you in all walks of life.

Drug Treatment Centers will Teach You How to Recognize Denial

You have to be honest with yourself but in the event that you are in denial it’s important that you realize that you are in denial and take the steps to get back on track. Drug treatment centers will teach you to be on the lookout for denial symptoms so that such denial doesn’t hinder your recovery efforts. You’ll learn how to minimize overconfidence and be aware of the fact that you are still in recovery and that relapse can happen. By recognizing all of this you will be able to prevent denial or stop it in its tracks should denial occur.

Drug Treatment Centers Teach You How to Recognize Triggers

There are certain triggers that can cause you to use drugs. Everyone who uses drugs or alcohol has a reason behind it—something that triggers them to do so. Drug treatment centers will teach you how to recognize triggers and either prevent them, avoid them or overcome the urges that result when confronted with them. In many cases you can avoid potential triggers by not spending time with the people who use drugs, not going to the bar or not taking part in the activities that trigger you to use. When you can avoid the trigger, you will learn in drug treatment how to overcome the urge without actually using.

Drug Treatment Centers Teach You to Accept Help

Sometimes we all need some added support and help, and that’s ok. Drug treatment centers will teach you how to recognize the need for help and how to accept the help that is available to you. Many community programs are available to help you stay on track and maintain recovery. In addition, there are support groups such as AA and NA that can help you to maintain your recovery. If you start feeling like you need some added support, be thankful that there are options available to you to help facilitate long term and lasting sobriety.

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