Many treatment centers for addiction are in beautiful places and are filled with a list of amenties that could rival a resort. From tennis courts to great food to art therapy and yoga, it can be easy to see why some family members or friends can get it in their head that their loved one is simply off having a relaxing break from work and family responsibilities. This kind of thinking can lead to feelings of resentment, even one sided, between families and their loved ones when they return. As nice as some treatment facilities are and as many activities and amenities as many of them have, visiting them doesn’t mean hours lounging in the sun or simply enjoying yourself.
Despite the relaxing, soothing environment many treatment centers try to maintain, if you’re in treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, you’re there for a very serious reason. You’re not there to relax and kick back, you’re there to kick addiction to the curb. Now, don’t misunderstand this: finding ways to relax that don’t involve drugs or alcohol are extremely important for you as you begin to wake up to sober living, but you should keep in mind that you ARE there for a reason, and if you don’t put your best foot forward, you’re not really getting the full benefit. Absolutely, try any programs or perks offered by your treatment center, but take care not to get caught up in them. They’re there to be helpful tools for your treatment and recovery, not to be a distraction to you.
A lot of treatment programs try to have group activities of some kind, and it could be anything from painting together to group yoga classes. If you find that you’re spending too much of your time at treatment thinking about the next activity, or even if you find that you’re overwhelmed with how much there is to do, consider taking a step back from some of those activities. Addiction treatment can be extremely taxing, physically and emotionally, and it’s not uncommon for people to overload themselves. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and taking the time in treatment to focus on your recovery is what’s key to a healthy, sober life.
At The Springboard Center, we know that you and your family need a treatment provider you can trust. Incorporating the best of practices we have created a meaningful program to restore health and dignity with quality care and counseling. Call us today for information on how we are serving the Permian Basin: (432) 620-0255