Making the decision to finally go to rehab can be one of the most important and most difficult decisions that a person makes. On the one hand, they know that this decision can halt the progression of their addiction and that if they follow the well-worn path of recovery that is being offered to them, they can totally change their life, but on the other hand, they are being asked to leave behind the comfortability of addiction, and a life that they know.
This is very often the most difficult thing about getting sober- leaving the known life of addiction for the unknown life of recovery. Even though many people come into recovery with their life in tatters, they still find it difficult to walk into the unknown and try something different. This is to be expected, and what is required, especially in the beginning, is taking a leap of faith and trusting that through rehab and a 12 Step program, you can find the life you have always wanted
However, once in treatment the individual who is attempting to get sober faces another challenge, as for the first time in many years they are faced with themselves without the aid of drugs or alcohol. They are very often not allowed to have cell phones and communication with the outside world is limited, so their ability to distract themselves is greatly hindered and this can be an uncomfortable experience at first. In fact many people rail against the fact that they cannot have their cell phones and that they are in a period of blackout when they are in treatment, but if they can learn to embrace it, and learn to take that time to work on themselves, they will notice that their life changes for the better.
How to Embrace the Blackout Time in Rehab
Being in rehab offers a unique opportunity that not many people get in life. It offers an individual the ability to pause their life, take a step back and evaluate what needs to change. In a sense, it is like a vacation from the day-to-day existence that they have experienced, and while it is not always fun, as treatment does require work and some uncomfortable changes, it is a time that can be used in order to achieve tremendous personal growth.
Usually, it takes people a week or so to settle into the treatment experience. The first week is spent attempting to feel out the community, get to know their counselor, and find their place within the treatment center. This can be a daunting task, especially considering that they are probably still experiencing withdrawals to one degree or another, but once they settle in, many become incredibly comfortable in the rehab setting.
They find that having an imposed blackout to the rest of the world allows them to truly look at themselves and discover where they went wrong, and what led to the continuation of their addiction. They find that getting space from their family and loved ones allows them to reevaluate the relationships and to take an objective look at how these relationships need to change. These are all of the reasons that many treatment centers have an imposed blackout so that the individual can be present in their treatment and not be distracted by outside influences.
In fact, being present for your rehab experience is one of the most important reasons to embrace the blackout time in rehab. It allows you to truly begin to heal and to get the most out of the 30 or so days that you spend in treatment. It is not often in life that we have the opportunities afforded us in treatment and so it is best to make the most of it.
Ways to Embrace the Blackout Time
First and foremost, you should stop worrying and stop attempting to control your life outside of the treatment center. If you can allow yourself to disconnect from your life for a month and just be present then you will have a much better chance at getting the most out of your treatment experience.
This means that you should not incessantly call if you have access to a phone, your friends, family, or loved ones. It is okay to call them and let them know how you are doing, but do not attempt to run your life, or the life of others, from inside the treatment center.
One person that I spoke to actually asked their family not to call them while they were in treatment. He told them that he would contact them, and he didn’t do this to be mean, but rather because he understood that he needed space and needed to focus on himself for the time that he was in treatment. This allowed him to not be blindsided by outside problems or issues, and he could be totally present for his treatment process.
Another great way to embrace the blackout time in treatment is to not get into a relationship while in treatment. This sounds like a no-brainer, but being in a confined community for an extended period of time, tends to make people want to couple up. This is a natural inclination for people in treatment, but if you can avoid doing this, you will be able to make the most of your time in treatment and not be distracted by relational issues.
Really what it boils down to, in order to embrace your blackout time, is to take the suggestions of your counselors and other sober members of the community and do your best to just stay present for the duration of your stay. Try not to worry about work, or your living arrangements, or the relationships that you left behind. Just focus on you, and what you need to get better.
Seeking Treatment for Alcoholism or Addiction
Getting clean and sober from drugs and alcohol is the most important thing that an addict or alcoholic can do in their life. It is also the most anxiety producing and frightening thing that they can do in their life, but it doesn’t need to be. With help from the professionals at Elevations Health, you can find a new life in sobriety with the least amount of resistance possible. So call us today at 1-866-200-3224 and begin your journey to recovery the right way, with Elevation Health.