In the USA, alcohol problems are growing at a rather alarming rate and it’s believed that over half the population use the substance and in the country there are at least 30 million people suffering with alcohol abuse issues – that’s more than the entire population of Australia.
A recent study from the Virginia Commonwealth University also found that those who do suffer from alcohol problems in their 20s are also going to struggle into their 30s and have a poorer lower satisfaction, and with that being the age where people look to start families and settle down, as well as kick on with their careers, it’s a worrying statistic.
Ultimately, this means more people than ever before are requiring treatment to get their life back on track. And while alcohol rehab may seem daunting at first, it can be entirely necessary and many people find it the catalyst they need to turn their lives around.
But what exactly is rehab like and how do you get through it? We spoke to a number of people who had been through the process to get their top tips on getting through rehab effectively…
First and foremost, it is very clear that you get out of rehab what you put in. There are mixed feelings towards it and that’s largely come from people’s attitudes towards it.
For the most part, those who have been through rehab admitted that because they went in with an open mind and was honest and engaged with the process, that is why they are now clean and are successfully managing recovery.
For those that don’t interact in sessions or try hard to find the root of the problem, they’re more likely to relapse when they enter the outside world once again.
You Need To Pack Well
Interestingly, a big finding from speaking to people who have been through alcohol rehab, and indeed all forms of rehabilitation, packing is a big part of it.
While you’re not going on a holiday, it’s important to pack the right things as you could be there for at least a week or two depending on how successful the treatment is.
Recommended was at least a week’s worth of clean clothes, alongside toiletries to match that period of time. Those were the essentials, including a comfy pair of pyjamas and clothes that you’d wear day-to-day to add a bit of normality to your time there.
Alongside this, home comforts were popular to pack, again to add a bit of normality and know that there is support and love for you back home.
Finally, take notes. There can be a lot to take in at rehab, so make sure you jot things down that you can revisit. Take notes on the techniques you’re finding most successful in treating your addiction.
By doing so it will not only help you during the process, but also in recovery outside of rehab, with you able to return to your notes for tips when you’re perhaps feeling like you are struggling. This can be instrumental in you staying on track and ensuring that problems with alcohol remain a thing of the past.