Finding the time to go to rehab

August 25, 2022

We all lead busy lives, but for those of us who have a demanding schedule and job, or run a business, taking a few weeks out for treatment at a rehabilitation centre or hospital can seem almost impossible. It’s easy to put off rehab and we may find many reasons why we will “just do it later on when we have the time”. However, the time is now. After all, if we don’t prioritise our own health, how can we expect all the other parts of our life to function well? 

How to prepare for rehab

Many people might be concerned about how going to rehab may affect their job, business or career. Parents of young children may wonder how they will organise alternate care, and how their children will cope emotionally while they’re gone. Some parents feel guilty or selfish for taking time away from their families to come in for treatment, but the biggest gift of all is getting the help you need, so that you can show up for them in the best way possible. The same goes for people who are business owners or have demanding jobs. Taking leave may be inconvenient for customers, clients and colleagues, but there are ways around it. Seeking treatment now will allow you to return to your life healthier and more empowered than before.

It’s important to take the time to prepare for your absence (both at work and home) and consider what your loved ones and colleagues need to know, and the questions they may ask. Be honest and open about your situation if you feel it is safe to do so. This will help them understand your need for rehabilitation and how it will help you become a better person, colleague, boss, mum, dad, sister or brother.

For parents 

If you are a parent of young children, now’s the time to call on your village to get back up for the school pickups and drop offs, playdates and weekend sports. If you’re going through a relationship breakdown or custody dispute, this can add another layer of stress and your emotions may be running high. Please know that seeking treatment now will help you navigate these difficult times and become a better parent for your children. 

For business owners

If you are a business owner, consider who in your organisation is ready to take the reins while you’re away. Remember, they don’t need to do things perfectly or exactly as you might, and passing the baton for a while could be a productive step – not only toward growing your team professionally, but also providing yourself more support for when you return.

For sole traders

If you are a sole trader, there’s no doubt this is a difficult decision, especially considering the potential financial implications. Consider whether there is someone you can employ to keep things ticking over while you’re gone – even on a part time basis or in an assistant role. Just knowing that there’s someone manning the phone or email can put your mind at ease. 

Finally, when considering whether you can take this time off, it can be helpful to reverse your thinking. Consider the implications and consequences of not taking the time to heal and recover.  

Rehab is your best chance of recovery

Life can get stressful and when we’re juggling the day-to-day demands, we’re not solely focused on ourselves. At South Pacific Private, we encourage clients to remove themselves from all of life’s stressors and look inward. That means no smoking, sugar, caffeine, social media, television or mobile phones. This comprehensive approach to recovery at South Pacific Private will give you the best chance to address the issues that brought you into treatment.

Recovery from addiction, trauma, PTSD, anxiety or depression requires effort, willpower, time, help and support. There will be some of you who are not ready to commit to the recovery journey yet. When you are, we will be here.

If you have been struggling to manage your substance use or behaviour, or perhaps you have been unsuccessful in attempts to quit or reform, it may be time to seek professional help. Call us on 1800 063 332 or contact us here to find out more about our programs.

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