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Making the Most out of Your Time in Stimulant Rehab

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There are about 15,000 different rehab centers across the United States. As you can imagine, they vary wildly in quality and in their level of staff training and expertise, which is why stimulants rehab success rates can be all across the board.

But no matter how great your treatment program is, there are still a few questions to ask yourself. How motivated are you? What would you like your life to be like? Are you willing to put in the effort?

Here are four steps you can take to lay the foundation for a successful and productive time in a stimulant rehab program.

Step 1: Choose the Right Treatment Program

Although stimulant addiction is becoming more common, it’s still dwarfed by the number of people addicted to alcohol or prescription painkillers. That’s why you’ll want to ask how experienced any potential treatment center is in treating addictions to stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin.

When choosing a stimulant rehab program, you’ll also want to find out if they have expertise in treating co-occurring disorders. It’s a huge threat to your recovery if you treat your addiction, but ignore any dual diagnosis disorders, like depression or post traumatic stress disorder.

The right treatment program will be able to help you discover why you started using stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin, why you kept using them and, most importantly, how you can leave them behind for good.

Step 2: Focus on Your Recovery Goals

It’s easy to forget your long-term goals when you’re in the thick of rehab and wake up feeling anxious, irritable or depressed.

It can definitely help to remind yourself what your goals are. Before treatment begins, take the time to write down some of the things you want out of life. The more specific, the better. Do you want true friends? To earn the respect of your family and friends? Better health? A better job?

Whatever your reasons are, write them all down. Your list will be an important tool for you during the inevitable challenges that come along during recovery.

Step 3: Build Relationships & Friendships

One of the biggest threats to sobriety is loneliness. The antidote to loneliness, of course, is friendship.

While in rehab, you’ll have the chance to participate in group therapy. It may take time for you to feel comfortable, but try to be an active participant. Even if your fellow residents don’t end up becoming lifelong friends, they will be an important part of your recovery journey.

Many treatment programs offer family therapy as well. We all know how difficult family relationships can be, even when addiction is not an issue. Family therapy offers the chance to work through any issues or resentments you may be experiencing — with the help and support of a therapist.

Step 4: Realize that Recovery Takes Time

Accept that your mind and body have taken a good deal of abuse—and that it will take time to feel good again. Look for a rehab program that gives you the opportunity to recover at your own pace (science suggest that at least 90 days is best).

Stimulants offer a lot of promises, including better focus and the ability to study longer. But they also rob your body of its natural ability to do these things.

There are no shortcuts to getting better, but there is a clear path. Just take it one step at a time.

A Fresh Start Without Stimulants at The Raleigh House

Like any addiction, stimulant abuse disrupts the brain’s natural reward system. Recovery takes time—and effort. At The Raleigh House, we allow everyone to heal at their own pace. This isn’t just about getting off of drugs. It’s about discovering what makes you feel whole, happy and energized—and then making a plan to get there. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about our Adderall and Ritalin addiction treatment program.

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