Taking the Fright Out of Addiction Rehab

Edited by Paul Alexander

Last updated October 27, 2016

One of the hardest steps of addiction recovery is actually getting yourself into treatment; admitting that you need help and showing up. What makes it so scary? Fear of the unknown. You’re unsure about what will happen, who you will meet, what you will be asked to do, and what life in recovery looks like.

Northbound strives to make each client feel more at ease and get to know their individual situation and needs. You become an active part of planning your treatment, so be honest about your past, the challenges you’re facing, and your goals for recovery. If you have questions, speak up and ask; this can help to calm your mind. A comprehensive evaluation enables staff to tailor your treatment to your needs.

Be prepared to work in addiction rehab. You’re there to benefit your health, your future, and your life, so make the most of the opportunity. Pack comfortable clothes, sneakers so you can exercise and get outside, a few pictures from home to remind you of what you’re working toward, and a journal to write down your thoughts. Sometimes just getting your thoughts down on paper can help you to make better sense of them.

Keep an open mind. Trust the therapists, counselors, and staff, and realize that they are asking you to do certain things for a reason. They understand what it takes to achieve a sustainable lifestyle of recovery. Open yourself up to trying new therapies and activities – you never know what the benefits may be.

The more involved you get in your recovery, the less scary it can be. You’ll feel more empowered and motivated to overcome addiction and turn your life around for the better – and you’ll be equipped with a variety of tools, strategies, and supports to help you get there. Northbound meets each client where they are at and walks alongside you as you navigate through the treatment and recovery process. Put your fears at ease and have faith that you are receiving the high quality treatment and guidance you need to make the most of your future in recovery.

Find the customized, compassionate care you need for addiction recovery by calling Northbound today.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.


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