When you think of rehab, you might be thinking of something along the lines of a psych ward, with people who are crazy in the head and are strapped to their beds and given no freedom whatsoever. And to be honest, that isn’t a bad guess considering that most people think of addicts in the same way that they think of psychotic people – as people who need to be taken care of constantly, lest they fail to see improvements.
However, addiction rehab is very rarely, if ever, like
that, and in fact can be one of the most effective forms of rehabilitation.
Keep in mind that rehab is most often the case for drug addicts only, as well
as a few rare cases in which people are severely addicted to other things such
as sex. But rather than force-feeding remedies down these addicts’ throats to
get them to change their ways, rehab typically takes on a much more subdued
If you ever go to a rehab center, you will notice right
away that there are no locked gates at the front entrance, or locked doors, or
anything of that nature. Instead, you will often see plenty of open spaces, and
the patients doing seemingly random things. What you are looking at to be
exact, are the patients taking on leisurely activities. For example, you may see
patients taking a stroll through the park, or you may see the patients playing
sports in a gym or outside.
The reason for this atmosphere is because the best way to cure an addiction is to give yourself something else in life to focus on. Life at rehabilitation centers are structured, but very open and free. In fact, most rehabilitation centers are completely voluntary, meaning it is up to the patient to stay there if they really want to stay there. Although many family members often want this to be the case, you cannot force someone to get better unless they admit that they have a problem and are willing to put in the work to see themselves improve. This is exactly why interventions are so common – unless the person recognizes their addiction and the pain it causes, they will never be able to rehabilitate themselves successfully.
So once you are aware of your addiction and are ready to
change, rehabilitation centers help to give you a purpose in life again. Rather
than focusing all of your thoughts and energy on the destructive addictions in
your life, you are instead encouraged to try new things that make you happy and
ultimately give you peace of mind. With each day that you find yourself
enjoying the simple things in life, the more you realize that your addiction doesn’t
define you. And once enough time has passed, the ideal result is that you are
no longer bound to your addiction like you were in the past. In short, you will
be completely rehabilitated!