Any change comes in stages. When it comes to addiction and recovery from morphine addiction, change often involves five stages. These include precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. Those in precontemplation are firmly in denial about the existence of a substance use problem and any of its consequences. If you are considering the idea of rehab or are at least interested in learning more about it, you are in the contemplation stage. As the Department of Health and Human Services explains, a person in the contemplation stage “is aware of some pros and cons of substance abuse but feels ambivalent about change. This user has not yet decided to commit to change.” When you begin to think about rehab, you begin to think about the impact drug use has on your life and the benefits or improvements that could come from life without it. You may not be sure if rehab and recovery is the path you wish to pursue, but you don’t have to be certain about the future to remain open-minded to your options and explore possibilities.
Ambivalence is definitive component of the contemplation stage of change. In many ways ambivalence is a roadblock to recovery, but ambivalence can be used to your benefit. The New York Times reveals the reason behind many failed attempts at recovery: “People typically do more research when shopping for a new car than when seeking treatment for addiction.” If you use the time and space ambivalence provides to be open-minded, research your options and really step back and think about where you are and where you’d like to be, ambivalence is a powerful tool for making a considered, researched choice and shifting from contemplation to preparation. You don’t have to sign up for the first rehab program you come across; you don’t have to sign up for any rehab program. However as you consider the pros and cons of all your options without eliminating any one path, you leave yourself open to finding the future and life you want.
Being open-minded about rehab means learning more about it. “Rehab” often gets lumped into one generalized, public idea of 30-day treatment in sterilized institutions, and it can be easy to reject that idea for the familiarity and false comfort of continued drug use. Not changing feels “safe,” even when you are aware of the very dangerous consequences and effects of your behaviors and actions and even when you are tired of feeling and thinking the way you do. The discomfort of withdrawal, the resistance to professional care and the trepidation that comes with not knowing what a drug-free future would or could even look like are powerful, limiting factors. However “rehab” can be and look like whatever you would like.
Getting treatment is important, but getting the right treatment is even more important. When you are open-minded about rehab, you have the opportunity to learn about the realities of rehab and the multitude of recovery options available to you. In his book Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover, Carlo D. DiCelement explains, “The primary tasks of the contemplation stage are (1) gathering decisional considerations, (2) examining them, and (3) engaging in the comparative processes that would resolve decisional conflict.” Being open-minded about rehab allows you to gather the facts about recovery and information about rehab options that will help you make a decision or at least set the stage for making a decision in the future. You may not be interested in traditional rehab, but there are rehab facilities that feel nothing like “facilities,” that have large open windows overlooking oceanfronts, mountainsides or hectic, lively cities. You may be hesitant to leave your everyday life, but examining your options reveals programs that include childcare, career counseling, legal support and more. You may not believe there is a program that will work for you, but no matter your specific combination of life, drug use and mental health concerns, there are professionals and rehab options that cater to your recovery needs. Being open-minded allows you to research these options and learn more about what they can provide, how you will benefit and what choosing a rehab program would mean for your health and your future.
If you are struggling with an addiction to morphine and open-minded to the idea of rehab, even if you are not ready to go, call our helpline. We are here to answer your questions, provide information about rehab and help you explore potential options for recovery. All calls directly connect you to personal help and support, and conversations are no-pressure, free and confidential. If you make the decision to go to rehab, we can arrange for transportation, insurance coverage and more. If you choose to continue considering your options, we are here 24 hours a day for whenever you are ready to make a change.