This free home rehab guide/manual/workbook has been created as a resource those who do not have sufficient funds to pay for addiction treatment right now or who are unable to enter rehab for other reasons.
The Hope Rehab Website has many useful resources that can be used as part of a self-treatment process. It needs to be stressed that going it alone is likely to be far more challenging than dealing with addiction in rehab, but if you have no other choice, the information we provide here may be of value.
Introductory Self Rehab Resources
Our Ready for Chang pdf manual is designed for people who are getting ready to come to Hope Rehab, but it also contains useful information to help you get started on your self-treatment journey. You can use the questionnaires to assess your current situation and get tips on building and maintain your motivation.
On our How to stop Drinking page you will find hints and tips that could be useful, and remember get help as it can be dangerous to stop suddenly or without someone to support you.
The Importance of Hope and Support for Your Journey
Overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol is not easy but no matter how powerless you feel it is possible…with HELP. You don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom to ask for help. Even if you are not able to come to rehab, it is strongly recommended that you seek out appropriate support (e.g. speak to your doctor and join a 12-step group)
Hope is also essential if you want to begin your journey of recovery – it is what keeps you going. We say “Hope Changes Everything” and “Everyone Can Change” HOPE is the seed of a positive belief system that will start to grow. Psychologists put a great emphasis on developing a positive belief system in order to make changes in one’s life.
First Major Hurdle – How to Deal with Addiction Denial
Denial is a common mental defense mechanism that can help to mange crippling pain, anxiety and stress. The disease has corrupted this defense so now protects the addiction not the addict. Please take a look on our Addiction Denial page to see if you can identify you own denial types.
Do you fully understand what addiction is? – Did you know it’s a brain disease!
This question has finally been answered comprehensively by The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In 2011, the ASAM released the latest definition of addiction after a 4-year research study. Read our page outlining some simple concepts that may explain a few mysteries.
The first step toward reclaiming your life is coming to terms with the addiction, i.e. accepting that you have an addiction and accepting that you are an addict. This is important in that understanding the situation correctly helps you get the correct solution in place.
Hope’s program is described in detail in this document. You may find it useful to sit quietly and read. It will give you an idea of what is required to achieve recovery. However, do not be put off trying at home as you can simulate much of what we do just in a simpler fashion.
The Decision: Making the decision is a fundamental part of the change process, whether due to physical health, loss of people or job, money or life style. It maybe because you simply cannot function anymore. Whatever the reason being committing to quitting is all important. I suggest writing down a short list of reasons you have decided to STOP.
Just saying no, like the 1980 slogan states does not work for long – the way to succeed is by saying YES to the ideas on this page that will help.
Cycle of Change
Cycle of change is a helpful visual tool to aide you to reflect on where you stand in terms of motivation and the next stage needed to achieve your goal.
Making a plan is wise
- When? Setting an exact date is probably better than waiting until you have no money or too ill to use
- Where? A safe place (e.g. stay with family or go to hospital if you are in danger of severe detox symptoms)
- Who will help? You should have support to be safe
You may need medical monitoring so the first point of call is your Doctor or local addiction worker. This is for safety and to get advice on detox and reduction programs. You must not just stop using without getting the appropriate advice, it can be dangerous.
Physical dependents on alcohol or drugs will result in withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop, ranging from mild to severe, including