How long were you in rehab?
I was in residential treatment for about six months. My disease had progressed to a point where I needed that. I had pretty good experiences overall.
What was the most helpful feature of rehab?
Being in treatment helped me to learn how to live again. I realized that I am not in control of other people, I got psychological help, and I learned how to live without alcohol and drugs. I don't know if I would have been able to stay sober without treatment, as I was using and drinking 24/7 when I came in. I had to be medically withdrawn, and I needed a lot of help and support. I learned how to look at myself and got a start on Alcoholics Anonymous. I have been sober for almost 7 years and I'm a grateful alcoholic.
- I would say that rehab is a safe place where you learn that you are not in charge. It helps immensely that you can be dealing with you disease and it's consequences and not have to work, or be confronted with temptation by using friends. I know a lot of people who didn't go to treatment and are sober, but for me, I needed it.