Good for you! After years of substance abuse and dependency you have decided that the time to get sober is long overdue and you are ready to get help. With support and encouragement from your loved ones – you can do it – and to help you get started, here are a few tips on how to have a successful rehab and recovery future.

Start with Finding the Right Rehab

Finding the right rehab program can be a challenge. There are so many different philosophies and methods available. How will you know which is right for you? The rehab program that you choose should be able to not only help you make a plan on how to avoid triggers that can lead to relapse, but it should also be equipped to help you address your reasons for drug and alcohol abuse.

Rehab programs do not stop with counseling and medical treatment, but also include the opportunity to be involved in traditional 12-Step groups and many offer holistic remedies such as acupuncture, yoga and massage.

Prepare to Go – Plan Accordingly

Once you have selected a rehab treatment program, you will be given a packet of information on what to expect and how to pack and prepare. It is important that you read the information carefully and thoroughly.

Go over the packing list of items that are allowed. Don’t pack anything that the center considers “contraband” but make sure that you do pack plenty of items that will ensure a comfortable experience including books, music and a journal. Some rehab centers allow the use of personal electronics such as laptops, iPods and e-readers. If this is something that is important to you, make sure these items are on the list of acceptable items when you choose a rehab.

Leave It All Behind

On the day to leave home, make sure that you leave worries behind and concentrate on getting better. Sometimes that is easier said than done, but the fact is that you are going to rehab to start your recovery. Your loved ones have been encouraging you throughout the decision and they know how important success is…not only to you but to everyone in your life. During this time, just focus on you.

Participate in Your Recovery

Participation in the process adds to your success. Take part in group counseling by asking questions, offer opinions and getting involved. Chances are that someone in your group needs to hear what you have to say or maybe they want to ask the question you asked, but couldn't find the courage. Be brave! You might just be helping someone along the way.

Continue Recovery with Aftercare

Recovery does not end with rehab, but it is something that you will work on for the rest of your life. Most recovering addicts and alcoholics find that joining a community support group such as AA/NA or another 12-Step group helps them stay on the sober path.

If the traditional approach does not appeal to you, there are some non-traditional methods such as behavior counseling and holistic therapies. Following these tips can offer some added reinforcement, increase the chances of success and help you prepare for the long recovery road ahead!

Author's Bio: 

Lara Schuster writes for Gallus Medical Detox Centers. Gallus Detox provides safe drug and alcohol detox with customized IV therapy to comfortably alleviate withdrawal symptoms and patients are monitored 24/7 by ICU level nurses. This proven detox method was developed by Dr. Patrick Gallus after 15-plus years as an emergency room physician caring for alcohol and drug addicted patients. Gallus Medical Detox Centers features upscale private rooms, HDTV, Wi-Fi and personal massage. Patient confidentiality is always protected.