Overcoming your drug dependence won’t be easy. The reality is that you have an incredible chance of staying sober and living a much better life. Before coming into rehab, you need to realize that you’re the only person who can stand in your way.

Overcoming Drug Dependence Starts with Willingness

Woman Trying to Overcome Her Drug DependenceDeciding to come to treatment may be the most difficult decision you’ll ever make. The reason it’s difficult is that addiction hijacks your brain and tells you that you don’t have a problem. The disease of addiction affects the part of your brain responsible for your primitive survival instincts. Because your brain has come to believe that it needs drugs to survive, it makes it difficult to stop using.

Once you accept the fact that you have a problem and need to go to rehab to get help, you need willingness. When you get to rehab, you’re going to have to take suggestions with an open mind and be willing to do them. By coming to rehab, you have admitted that you have a problem, but now you need to change your behaviors. You need to realize that you can’t solve your problem with the same brain that caused the problem.

In reality, these are the three things you need during early recovery:

  • Honesty
  • Open-mindedness
  • Willingness

Willingness is what helps everything fall into place, so you need to be willing to be honest with yourself and others. This means opening up to your therapists as well as your peers about how you really feel and what you’re thinking. During treatment, you’ll receive a lot of new suggestions, and while some may seem silly, try to keep an open mind. By sticking to these three things throughout rehab, you will begin to see a drastic change in yourself.

Individual and Group Therapy for Drug Dependence

In rehab, you’ll go through individual as well as group therapy. Group therapy is highly beneficial because you’ll be able to develop bonds with peers in recovery. You may have felt alone in your addiction, but you’ll quickly see that’s not the case at all. You will soon start to see that there are people who care about you and want to see you succeed in your recovery.

Individual psychotherapy is extremely helpful because some people aren’t ready to share certain things at a group level. Individual therapy gives you a private place where you can open up with your therapist or counselor and truly have someone there to listen. This can make a big impact on your recovery because many people with an addiction feel like they aren’t heard. Your personal therapist will also give you a variety of tools and suggestions to begin working toward a solution.

Using Mindfulness and CBT for Drug Dependence

When you come to Ashley Addiction Treatment for rehab, you’re going to learn the power of Mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness practice helps you get through cravings as well as difficult thoughts and emotions. Through this practice, you’ll begin to train your brain to turn toward the negative rather than away. This is extremely empowering because you’ll see that your thoughts and emotions are actually manageable.

One therapeutic technique that we use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps you change thoughts and behaviors. When combined with Mindfulness practice, you’ll gain the ability to catch these thoughts and behaviors early on.

Ashley Addiction Treatment is here to help you throughout your recovery from active addiction from the very start. With the help of on-site medical care, which includes detox, you’ll be able to overcome your drug dependence. From here, you can easily transition to one of our other levels of care to begin addiction rehabilitation.

Start down the path to a new, substance-free life. Call Ashley Addiction Treatment today at 866-313-6307.