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10 Experiences You Only Have in Rehab

Rehab is one of the most unique experiences on earth. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many of us lucky enough to have first-hand knowledge of everything it entails. For those of us who do, fond memories of the joy, fear, tears, and the first taste of freedom from addiction will never be forgotten.

  1. You never knew so many addicts and alcoholics existed…and they’re all under one roof. Even better, these people become your tribe.
  2. Caffeine is suddenly the gold standard. Sometimes it’s available, and sometimes not. If it’s there, you can bet your last dollar that there will be a line of addicts trailing the scent of a freshly brewed cup of Joe.
  3. From the time you wake up to last med-call, you are busy. Lectures, groups, meals, exercise, workshops…when it’s time for bed, you’re ready.
  4. You learn that addiction is a disease. The knowledge, skills, and tools you receive in treatment are an invaluable gift for your recovery.
  5. Food is a big deal. Your diet went from gas station cookies to the five food groups, and your body couldn’t be happier.
  6. Speaking of body, there is a lot of body talk. Ditching drugs and alcohol is quite an adjustment, and since everyone is going through it, bodily function conversation is up for grabs.
  7. You may be 30 years old, but sit down for lunch with the opposite sex and you will be chased off like a crow in a corn field by keen-eyed staff.
  8. You find yourself riding shotgun in a white van, fondly referred to by fellow addicts and alcoholics as the “Druggy Buggy.”
  9. People go from wanting to be loaded on detox meds, to downright excited when nearing the end of their taper. Not to mention, getting excited to pee in a cup because you know it’s clean.
  10. You realize you are where you need to be, even though it’s not where you want to be.

No matter how terrifying checking-in to treatment may sound, it is the best decision you can make for yourself. In doing so, you are giving yourself a chance; a chance to change your life and to end the misery of addiction. You don’t have to do this alone; we are here to help you transition into recovery in the safest, most comfortable environment possible. Give us a call, your new life awaits.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be the end of your story. Make a safe and comfortable detox the first chapter. The Serenity Recovery Center, conveniently located at the Encino Hospital Medical Center, offers a home-like environment for all stages of detox so you can begin your treatment in a healthier state of mind, body, and spirit. Call us today: 866.294.9401