If you’ve been to treatment before, then you probably will understand a majority of these. These are certain things that only people who’ve been in a drug and alcohol rehab would understand. So here it is, 10 things only people who went to treatment understand.10 Things Only People Who Went to Treatment Understand…
1. Going to meetings is your new version of going to the club (you get dressed up and make sure you look good)
2. Waiting in med lines (nothing like waiting in line to get our pills handed to us)
3. Negative contracts (when you’re lying or hiding secrets for a friend in treatment)
4. Doing chores (I’m a grown adult, I don’t understand why I have to make my bed and do chores)
5. Rehab romances (it’s like we were meant to be in here together and fall in love)
6. Needing a pass to use the phone (first they take our cell phones and then make us get permission to make phone calls)
7. Feeling the need to eat anything and everything in sight (which goes right along with that early sobriety weight gain)
8. Must. Have. Nicotine. (cigarettes are an obsession and you have to constantly take smoke breaks)
9. Not being allowed to have energy drinks (I don’t understand, I function so much better with a little Red Bull or Monster)
10. The bond between you and the people you were in treatment with (can’t really even explain this but if you’ve been to treatment, you understand)
If you’ve never been to treatment, some of these things might not sound so great; but I’ll be honest and say I am grateful for everything that happened in treatment. Of course, at times I hated being in treatment and definitely rebelled against the rules but overall it was a wonderful, life-changing experience. I learned so much about myself and created friendships that I could never forget.
When you’re in treatment, you do different activities and are constantly with the other clients so it gives you a chance to bond and create relationships with each other. Not having access to technology really helps you focus on you and your issues and stay away from the outside world’s problems. Getting into a rehab romance is a terrible idea and pretty much always ends badly; can’t say I didn’t have my own little rehab crush but I highly recommend not getting involved with someone who is clearly just as sick as you are!
They have you do chores so you can learn to be responsible again and how to be a functioning member of society. It sounds stupid but making your bed every day is actually a very productive way to start the day. Whenever we were taken to meetings, it was like a night out and everyone usually got dressed nice and made sure they looked okay. Everything about the experience in treatment is so worth it and if you are struggling with this disease, I highly suggest looking into treatment options. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.