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When it comes to addiction treatment, there are many different choices and options. Inpatient, outpatient, luxury, hospital-style, detox-only, individualized or group- each has different qualities, and if you want to recover from your addiction, it is important to select the one that will work best for you. But here’s the catch- you have to want it.

Be More Specific?

What does it mean to “want it”? It means you are done. That you have truly hit a bottom and are willing to do something different. That you are out of ideas, and are ready to do whatever is necessary to get and stay sober- including taking suggestions from counselors, others in recovery, or other addiction professionals. If you maintain a bad attitude throughout treatment, or if you don’t want to stop drinking or using, the odds that treatment will be effective are limited. Recovery is always available for those who want it.

Change Comes From You

This key- willingness- is where many people stumble in the early stages of recovery. Many of us have hit many “bottoms” throughout our drinking or using careers. How many times have we promised others and ourselves that we were done, that we were going to change? When we aren’t willing to do anything different, it doesn’t take long before we are right back to the same actions we were taking before. Until we are totally willing to take outside suggestions and are open to change, there is no addiction rehab or addiction treatment that will be effective. There is no magic cure- recovery takes hard work and consistent action on our part. Individual counseling, group therapy, meditation, yoga, and a healthy regimen can all greatly improve one’s odds at recovery, but the truth is, they are all limited in their efficacy if not paired with honesty, willingness, and hard work.

Keep an Open Mind

Just because you may not have voluntarily entered treatment- maybe it was the idea of loved ones or the court system- doesn’t mean you are destined to fail. If you are in addiction treatment, there is probably a good reason for it. Take an honest look at your life- are you happy with the way things are going? How are the relationships in your life? Do you feel empty and alone much of the time? Is there even a part of you that thinks that maybe getting sober could be a good thing for you? Then go all in. Listen to your counselors, be honest, do the suggested work/exercises, and listen to others who share in the experience of addiction and recovery. If you keep an open mind, and put in an honest effort, you might come to some big realizations about yourself, and more, might get hope for your future. Willingness almost always follows an open mind.

Reach Out

If you think you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol, call the addictions professionals at Serenity Acres today- 1-800-203-2024. Hope is waiting for you.