Accepting Court Ordered Rehab
Being forced into rehabilitation (rehab) by the order of the court leads some people to relapse, or even worse, death could occur upon relapse simply because they are in denial. An addict will feel resentment toward those that ordered him or her to alter the lifestyle either due to harming themselves or others as a result of their addictions. There are cases, however, where the addict stops fighting counselors and realizes that he or she does need to change the life. Sometimes, this court ordered rehab is a blessing in disguise.
It can save your Life
Forceful entry into rehab leaves addicts in a state of denial, in most cases, and feelings of anger. Most will say “I don’t have a problem,” if that were the case, you wouldn’t be on your way to rehab. Addiction dilutes your brain and thought processes. You may just think you’re having fun or you can’t deal with life without a drink or drug. This is not the case. Those that remain in denial are on a path to destruction that can lead to death. Consider this action as someone else saving your life because your work on this earth is not done, and you deserve a second chance to make something great of your life.
There is a Real Problem
When your life revolves around getting off work to go home or stop at the bar and drink, there is a problem. If you can’t function without using that drug, there is a definite problem. Life revolves around living it, not coping with it. Your actions are affecting those around you, those you love. If something isn’t done about it, they could walk away, leaving you lonely. Sometimes court ordered rehab is just what people need to wake up and realize that yes, there is a problem, and yes, it is fixable.
Be Open to the Program
Once you learn to stop resisting and start accepting that you have to get help for this problem, be open to the program at the rehab facility. It is likely that you will become depressed or emotional. It’s okay, that’s normal. What you learn in rehab is what your family and friends see on the outside. When you’re drunk or high, you don’t see what they see, you’re numb to the world. If you don’t open yourself up and accept treatment, it really can cause more damage in the long run.
Once you get rid of the denial and resistance, listen to what the counselors and others in the rehab facility have to say. It may just wake you up and help you get the treatment you need. Being forced into rehab by court order is sometimes a blessing in disguise. You may not realize how much your drinking or drug use impacts your own life and the lives of those around you. Embrace this and be open to learning how to live life without these vices. Everyone has stress, heartache, and tough decisions to make. You don’t need a crutch to help you get through it. You’ll see that and may just open up to listen and tackle the demons.