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How to Get Motivated for Change During Rehab

How to Get Motivated for Change During Rehab

It is important to be active and involved through every step of the rehab process

Some addicts readily make the choice to recover while others are pressured into it by concerned loved ones or even legal mandates. Regardless of what motivated you to enter rehab, it is common to second-guess your choice from time to time. Change can be an intimidating idea and can bring you out of your comfort zone. However, this temporary discomfort is a meaningful and essential part of the recovery process.

When you start to question your motivation during rehab, there are many things you can do to turn your mindset back to the right place. Reviewing past trials, developing achievable goals, and being active in treatment can help you to increase your motivation for a better lifestyle.

Look at What You Have Overcome

In times of wilting motivation, it can be helpful to review your past trials. Perhaps you were stealing money from a loved one to feed your addiction. Or maybe you had to use your drug several times a day to avoid withdrawal. Whatever pain your addiction brought you in the past, it can be helpful to think back to it every once and awhile. Then ask yourself: do you really want to continue to be held captive by addiction, or are you ready for change? You were strong enough to choose treatment in the first place and have already made great strides in recovery. Remind yourself of this periodically for a motivation boost.

Set Realistic Goals

Looking to the future can be just as effective in reviving your motivation as reviewing the past. When setting personal recovery goals, though, you must be careful to make them realistic and achievable. Short-term goals are especially beneficial for motivational purposes. Consider setting one short-term goal for each day that you are in recovery, and remember that small changes make a big difference. For example, you might make a goal to share a story in therapy that you have been avoiding. A different goal might be to talk to at least one person in rehab that you have never spoken with. You might be surprised by what you can learn from each new person. By meeting small goals every day, you strengthen your personal motivation.

Be Involved in Your Treatment

Becoming a passive player in recovery is one of the most common mistakes addicts make in rehab. It is easy to rely on your treatment team to provide you with the tools you need to recover. An effective rehab staff should be able to guide you through recovery, but it is ultimately up to you to get the most you can out of treatment. This is why it is so important to be active and involved through every step of the process. Be open and honest in therapy. Volunteer to contribute in support groups. Take notes during psychoeducational lessons. Lend a helping hand to someone else in treatment and accept help when it is offered to you. Being involved in this way can strengthen your motivation for recovery.

Get Help for Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Recovering from addiction can help you find health and happiness in your life. If you or a loved one has become addicted to drugs or alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about treatments for drug and alcohol addiction.

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