Treatment is a mix of people from all different walks of life. Some are there to avoid prison time, while others truly want to break free from the chains of addiction. Usually, some astronomical situation has to happen for you to make the decision to get clean and sober, such as your children being removed from your care by Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Whatever your rock bottom is, treatment is the right place to be to heal from addiction.
When you combine different personalities, reasons behind treatment attendance, and newly clean and sober individuals likely still suffering from withdrawals, it can make for an interesting environment. Many treatment centers put two or three individuals to a room. Each may suffer from addiction to a different substance. Many addicts and alcoholics may have issues in addition to their addiction, such as antisocial personality disorder, bipolar, or anger problems, which can make it difficult for people to connect.
Being assigned a roommate in rehab is actually super beneficial, although it may not feel like it at the time. Having to share such a confined space forces you to respect another person and their space. You learn to express your own boundaries, which is a foreign concept to someone in the depths of addiction. Sharing a room with someone can create a significant relationship. Many addicts and alcoholics lack appropriate social skills and don’t know how to initiate conversations and have fun without the use of a substance. With a rehab roommate, you are both going through the exact thing at the same time, which makes it easier to put yourself out there. You are able to learn together how to grow in sobriety.
Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t take treatment seriously. It is extremely important to constantly remind yourself that you’re there for you, and you only. If someone is jeopardizing your newfound sobriety, tell somebody. Honesty will get you far in sobriety and a person may initially be angry you’re not keeping their secrets, but they’ll thank you later when they’re ready to get honest.
The answer to recovery is Simple. Our multi-tiered program is designed to help your loved one find success on a new path in life through school, work, and meaningful volunteering. Structured for progress, clients at Simple Recovery transition seamlessly through each phase of their recovery.
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