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Six things you need to know when going to rehab

Stan Popovich

It can be scary when attending an addiction facility for the first time to overcome your addictions and other mental health issues.

Many people may wonder what they should and should not do when they attend these places.

As a result, here are six suggestions on how to get the most from going to rehab.

1. Follow the rules: The most important thing a person should do is to follow the rules when entering rehab. Focus your energies on getting better and don’t do anything that could get you into trouble. Your main goal should be to find the answers to help manage your addictions.

2. Listen to the professionals: A person who goes to rehab must follow the advice from their counselors. The counselors that you are dealing with have dealt with many people in your situation. These people are experts and following their advice will help speed up your recovery and help get your life back on track.

3. Ask questions: Going to rehab can be a new and stressful experience. Always ask questions on anything that you are not familiar with to help make your stay more pleasant. The people in rehab are there to answer your questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question so don’t feel hesitant to get the answers to your questions related to your stay and rehab experiences.

4. Be friendly with others: Do not take out your frustrations and fears on the staff or on your fellow residents. A person going to rehab can be scared and frustrated, so it is important to find some other ways of dealing with these issues. Blaming others for your problems is not the way to go and can interfere with your recovery. Be nice to others and in turn most people will treat you with respect.

5. Go to the programs and meetings: Many of the rehab facilities offer programs in the mornings, afternoons, and at night. Make sure you attend these daily programs. The purpose of these programs is to help educate you in finding the right way of overcoming your addictions. If you decide to sleep in or decide to just skip the programs all together you could miss valuable information and delay the recovery process.


Stan is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear” which covers a variety of techniques that can drastically improve your mental health. For more information, please visit Stan’s website at

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