The Takeaway: Recovering Addicts Share Their Treatment Experience

It’s hard to gauge what you are going to come away with after you finish your time in a treatment facility. The most obvious takeaway is that you come out on the other side having learned how to end your addiction in the immediate sense. But what are the methods used in taking on this great challenge for the long term? What kinds of tools are you given to help you along your journey?

We recently spoke to several graduates of addiction rehabilitation programs and they were eager to share what they experienced and learned along the way.

You Learn More About Yourself

For Ryan, his addiction treatment experience at A Forever Recovery in Michigan allowed him to gain more awareness of himself.

“They have a moral reconation therapy. It's a program you go through to really get in touch with your inner self and to realize the differences your personality has with your inner voice that you might have been suppressing for a long time. The more that you go through that program, the more that they begin to synchronize, and you feel less warfare within yourself and with your body,” he explained.

And Matt found he was able to “get to the root of my problem and [rehabiliation] made me find out why I was drinking.”

Through addiction treatment, Tara was able to reconnect with herself.

“My favorite part [of rehab] was the MRT program. It taught me so much about myself. It's not just your typical 12-step program. It doesn't focus on your drug — it really focuses on you. It taught me about me and helped me find myself again,” she said.

It’s a Lot of Work, But it’s Worth It

The work is not going to be easy, but you gain a new perspective. It’s tough to hold a mirror up to yourself, but your new skills will help you handle life differently. You find new ways to approach problems and situations by recalling what you’ve learned in treatment.

“This program really brings up a lot of stuff from your past. It makes you really dig deep and really work for it. And you realize that it's not all about you. It's about the relationships you've damaged and how to heal those relationships. It's also rewarding because you get to set goals for yourself and make an action plan to achieve those goals, which I plan on doing,” said recent graduate Eric.

And you will find that you have a newfound peace with yourself.

Wesley admitted that he “was in need of some love and some real care. So I thank God for the people who are on the front lines of withdrawal who paved the way and gave me the opportunity to give myself a chance. My favorite part, although it was hard for me, was to take an opportunity to give my growth some consideration. I've gained some tools, some insight, some awareness to be able to not misplace hostility on people who have nothing to do with what is going on inside my head.”

It is said the road to recovery is a long one, but having these newfound skills and abilities, and knowing yourself better, will enable you to navigate this road with more confidence.

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