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Addiction treatment success can be tricky. While going away to rehab is the first step in the recovery journey for millions of people, it is not the only path to recovery. In patient treatment is just one option. In addition, 30, 60, and even 90-day stays are not adequate to heal the brain, learn new habits, and insure long term recovery success. Medically assisted treatment, counseling over a period of years, intensive out patient treatment, being under the care of psychologists, addiction professionals, and psychiatrists  may also be required. Each recovery journey is different. What remains constant are the following 6 tips that apply to all forms of treatment. Here are some addiction facts you should know that reinforce how crucial it is to follow through and get help as quickly as possible.

  • Statistics show that 23.5 million Americans have a drug or alcohol problem.
  • Every day more that 5,000 emergency room visits are attributed to substance use.
  • 144 people perish every day from drug overdoses.
  • Only 11.2% or 2.1 million people receive help, or 1 in 9 people

The statistics for getting help should be a lot higher. Everybody deserves to be treated. Here are six tips to insure your treatment is effective no matter what treatment option you choose.

1. Follow All Of The Rules

Make sure that you follow all the rules whatever your program is. Your goal is to get better, and you’re not there to see what you can get away with. Focus your energies on getting better, and don’t do anything that could get you kicked out.

2. Listen To The Professionals

A person who goes into treatment must follow the advice of their counselors. The counselors treating you are professionals and they have dealt with many people in your situation. These counselors are experts and following their advice will help speed up your recovery.

3. Ask Questions If You Are Not Sure What To Do

Going into any kind of treatment can be a new and stressful experience. Always ask questions on anything that you are not familiar with to help make your experience more pleasant. The people treating you are there to answer your questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question so don’t feel hesitant to get the answers to your questions related to your recovery experience.

4. Don’t Assume Anything

Many people think they know what to expect when they go into treatment or to a rehab from what they have heard from others. It is very important not to assume anything. Each situation is a new experience, and don’t assume that your previous recovery experiences will be repeated. Things change all of the time so if in doubt about what’s happening, ask!

5. Write Down The Advice Given To You

When talking to the addiction counselors, it is impossible to remember every detail of the advice given to you. Most people forget what counselors say after a day or so. Talking to these experts can provide valuable advice on how to deal with your fears and anxieties, and you don’t want to forget what you were told. Always write down the advice given to you by the doctors and staff.

6. Follow The Program

Many rehab and sober living facilities offer addiction programs in the mornings, afternoons, and at night. Make sure you attend most of these daily programs. The purpose of the programs is to educate you in finding the right way of overcoming your fears and changing your habits. If you decide to sleep in or decide to just skip the programs all together you could miss valuable information and delay the recovery process.

6 Tips provided by Guest Blogger Stan Popovich

Stan is the author of a popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear.” Stan’s book has received over 400 book reviews and offers a lot of free mental health advice on his website. For more information and some more helpful advice, visit Stan’s website at

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