Will I Succeed in Rehab if I’m Anti-Social?

Will I Succeed in Rehab if I’m Anti-Social?

To have success in treatment for addiction to drugs like Xanax, you must learn to participate in therapy

We all have unique personalities and interact differently with groups of people. The thought of going to rehab for a shy or reclusive person can feel overwhelming. While some individuals are outgoing or are extroverted, there are many who are shy—or even avoid interaction with other people as much as possible.

One of the key components of treatment for addiction to drugs like Xanax is talk therapy or psychotherapy, which is treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider. During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills. There are different kinds of psychotherapy, each with its own approach. The type of psychotherapy that’s right for you depends on your individual situation.[1]

So why is talk therapy so important to recovery? Extensive research shows that the main reason for this is based on the alliance formed between the therapist and client. This is a bond based on several factors like how comfortable you feel in a treatment session, the amount of connection you feel and how well you work with your therapist. To have success in treatment, the following are a few common challenges that you can overcome to achieve the best possible results:

Talk About Your Addiction

You must be able to talk about your addiction and admit that you are addicted to substance abuse or unhealthy behavior. This addiction is controlling your life. In many cases just admitting that the problem is this severe is an important first step. Whether you tell this to a therapist or a friend or family member initially does not matter. What matters is that you take this important step. Don’t feel you have to dive into specific details in the first conversation. If you are only comfortable saying that you have a problem and you need help with it, that’s okay. The key is to open up more each time you talk.

Talk to Your Therapist

Individual therapy is often the best way to treat addiction to drugs like Xanax. As you talk to your therapist, you can start to piece together some of the specific problems that you are facing. Outside perspective is very powerful and helpful. In many cases, you will be surprised how much clarity you can find just through a simple conversation. The key is to be as open as possible with your therapist. He or she is there to help you live a healthy life.

Participate in Group Settings

This can be quite intimidating at first, but it really does not have to be. Group therapy typically is where a therapist guides a group of five to 15 people for one or two hour sessions. In most cases, the groups are designed to help with a specific problem, such as drug abuse. The therapist will ask questions and help guide the discussion. These groups can act as both as support network and also as a sounding board. If you are not comfortable talking on your own at first, you can always listen to others and then respond to things that others have said. This will help take the burden off of you. Remember, the therapist is there to help guide the discussion as well. If it helps, you can focus your attention on that individual at first and then branch out from there by interacting with others in the group. For example, the group therapist may ask a question such as, “To handle stress better, I need to…” Then the members of the group will respond. Keep in mind that this isn’t a trick question. Be honest, and think about your situation. If you have chosen substance abuse like to Xanax as a way to respond to stress, just say so. In many cases, each individual will have to learn new ways to cope with stress after becoming sober. You could then learn from the rest of the group as others give suggestions for how they will handle stress.

Accept That You Need Help From Others

This is difficult because the common approach is often to try to fix all of your problems on your own. You cannot cure addiction to drugs like Xanax on your own. When you lean on others, you gain support, encouragement and hope. This means you have to give something to get something though as relationships are not one-way. Remember, addiction recovery is a life long journey. You have to start somewhere. While it is often a natural tendency to want to compare your progress to the progress of others, don’t. Any step forward is progress.

If you want more information about the details of therapy, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline and talk to one of our counselors. They will answer your questions and give you the information you need. It is completely normal to be nervous when starting treatment. If you feel this way, please know you are not alone. If you have any other questions, our helpline is there for you. There are no wrong questions to ask about treatment. You are making the right decision by seeking help so you can live a sober, healthy life.


[1] http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/psychotherapy/basics/definition/prc-20013335 Psychotherapy

[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dont-be-swayed/200808/what-really-makes-psychotherapy-work What REALLY Makes Psychotherapy Work? Brafman, Rom. Published August 8th, 2008.

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