Whether you’ve been to treatment once or 20 times, we all know the typical people who are in a treatment center. I’ve thought of the 11 types of people in every treatment center.
The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center…
1. The know-it-all (the person you can’t tell anything to, they know everything)
This is the person who thinks they know everything there is to know about recovery and how to stay sober. If you give them your input, they most likely are just going to turn it down – because they know much more than you do.
2. The season veteran (the person who has been through treatment many times)
They regularly go treatment, maybe once or twice a year. The people in the treatment center probably know them or know people who know them. They go in and out of rehab like it’s no big deal. They are usually referred to as chronic relapsers.
3. The escape artist (constantly plotting ways to escape from treatment)
You know that one who is always planning a way to escape and run away from treatment? Someone should let this person know that they can just walk out if they want to leave. Nonetheless, they still escape and come back again.
4. The person who hogs the pain box (aka phone)
In treatment, we refer to the phone as the pain box. It’s called that because we always end up calling our loved ones and pouring tons of tears and emotion into the phone; sometimes even trying to start making amends. This person is very selfish with the phone privileges and never gives anyone a turn on the phone.
5. The doc/shrink (the person who thinks they’re a therapist)
The person who has done their research and is convinced that they know all about the disease of addiction. They try to act like a doctor or therapist and even correct the therapists during group therapy sessions. Eventually we all learn that knowledge means nothing in recovery.
6. The emotional junkie (crying and wanting to talk about emotions, ALL. THE. TIME.)
The guy or girl who is always crying or wanting to be the one who shares their feelings and emotions during every group or even just while hanging out around the clients. Some of us can’t stop crying when we get sober, for others it might take a while before we can feel and cry again.
7. The recluse (the person who doesn’t want to talk to anyone, keeps to themselves)
This is the one who never wants to share during any groups and doesn’t really want to be involved at all. They may be shy or uncomfortable, or just unwilling to let people get to know them and actually give this recovery thing a shot – only time will tell.
8. The biggest turn-around (this is the one everyone thinks is going to relapse instantly, and does a complete 180)
We all know the person who comes in and everyone is sure they’re going to relapse and not stay sober. But then, they prove us all wrong and end up being the biggest turn-around and success out of everyone in the treatment center.
9. The person who is only there to dry out (just trying to get their family off of their back)
A lot of us have been this person before; the one who is really only there to get their family off their back and clean up house. They’re merely in treatment to dry out and get a little clean time so they can go back to their everyday life and possibly using drugs and alcohol again.
10. The princess/prince who isn’t impressed (thinks the accommodations could be better, was expecting to be treated like royalty)
The princess/prince is the person who comes into treatment fully expecting it to be like a vacation/spa. They’re extremely disappointed with any responsibility they have to take on and were under the impression that this was going to be all about going to the beach and getting tan; poor knave.
11. The virgin (first-time rehab goers)
Anyone who has been to treatment has been this person. It’s their first time in rehab and they have no idea what’s going on or what to expect. They may not have ever even heard of treatment and meetings and recovery before. Remember, just because you are a virgin to treatment and this is your first time, doesn’t mean it can’t be your last.
If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.