To say that preparing for a residential rehab program is somewhat on the intimidating side would be something of an understatement to say the least. In fact, it has the potential to be one of the most downright terrifying prospects the average individual could ever expect to face.

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According to the experts at, more adults than ever before are actively seeking assistance for their alcohol dependencies and addictive behaviours, with the public as a whole having become increasingly aware of the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption. As such, most of the archaic stigma and taboo with regard to rehab has been well and truly done away with – replaced instead by an era of open discussion and understanding.

Nevertheless, it is often the attitudes and specific behaviours of those approaching rehab for the first time that will determine the outcome. There’s technically only so much the efforts of the experts can accomplish – plenty has to be invested in the process on the part of the individual in question.  Rehab services and strategies in general have never been more effective, which means that coupled with a positive and proactive personal approach, there’s largely no such thing as a genuinely hopeless case.

So for those who may be headed to rehab in the near future or are considering the prospect of alcohol rehab, here’s a quick look at five preparatory tips from the experts for ensuring you get the very best out of the program:

1 – Start Your Efforts Now

First and foremost, it’s important not to fall into the trap of assuming that just because your rehab program starts in two weeks, you might as well spend the next fortnight indulging your habits and throwing caution to the wind. This is absolutely not the way to go about things at all as not only will this leave you in a rather unfortunate and unhealthy position when your rehab starts, but it pretty much proves outright that you are expecting others to do all of the hard work on your behalf. Instead, use the time running up to rehab to invest as much time and effort as necessary in starting the recovery process yourself.

2 – Set Small Goals and Celebrate the Little Things

While it’s obvious that your ultimate goal will be to kick the habit completely and permanently, this is a result that often does not come about for quite some time.  In the meantime, you need to make sure you have plenty to celebrate and keep you motivated along the way, which is why you need to think about setting much smaller goals and giving yourself reasons to be proud of your accomplishments. Speaking with your rehab provider can be helpful; they can inform you about what to pack and provide you with additional preparatory information. Talking with the rehab can also help with reducing anxiety as you are starting to get to know the people you will meet in advance.

3 – Build a Support Network

It can be tempting to push friends and family members as far away from you as possible in order to both protect them from what’s clearly an unfortunate situation and for the sake of preserving your own personal pride. Unfortunately, building and utilising a strong support network is of absolutely paramount importance when it comes to getting the most out of your rehabilitation program. This also applies to those you will meet in the program itself as while this may not feel like the time or place to be making friends and confiding in strangers, the support network you build will have an enormous impact on the overall outcome.

4 – Pack Reminders

When it comes to the kinds of bits and pieces you intend to bring along to the residential rehab facility, it’s a good idea to be strategic. In a nutshell, you should be looking to bring along the kinds of things that remind you of more enjoyable and positive times in your life prior to the onset of your current alcohol dependency. Basically anything that motivates you to invest the necessary time and effort in getting back to the person you used to be and the life you used to enjoy.  Try to avoid bringing anything that in any way brings to mind negative sentiments.

5 – Avoid Presumptions

Last but not least, there are certain standard presumptions that pretty much every individual heading to rehab for the first time has a tendency of making. For example, chances are that you will expect to constantly and painfully long for alcohol at all times – it’s unlikely that this however will be the case at all. You may also expect to spend days, hours or even weeks in grinding pain and discomfort – this also isn’t necessarily a reality of the rehab process. The simple fact of the matter is that rehab works in a different way for every individual and rehab programs are therefore tailored in accordance with individual needs. There’s therefore nothing to gain by making these kinds of presumptions, as in reality you will not know what’s to come until you are actually there.