Going into a Florida rehab already stirs up enough anxiety in you because you will be on the road to creating an entirely new life and perspective for yourself. The purpose of inpatient rehab is to seclude you from the outside world so that you can devote 100 percent of attention to recovery and avoid relapse triggers before you know how to handle them. This means limited contact with people on the outside world, which includes contacting them via cell phones. Most likely, they will not let you have your cell phone at a Florida rehab, at least at the beginning of your stay. There are some programs that will gradually increase your freedom and exposure to the outside world as you progress, which may include using your cellphone at a later point.
Technology has revolutionized society’s means of communication. In previous decades, you had to be face-to-face with someone or at home in reach of your landline to contact someone. Cell phones have put the ability to communicate at your fingertips. The innovation of smartphones have added more means of communication to your cell phone. Smartphones provide a means of visual communication by enabling you to text and use social media, which are notorious for stirring up controversy.
A Rule That Benefits Recovery
The idea of not having your cell phone probably stirs up even more anxiety in you about attending a Florida rehab. Though it may seem unnatural in modern society, giving your relationship with your cellphone a hiatus is beneficial for your recovery for multiple reasons.
Distractions to Your Recovery
There is a reason why you are only allowed limited visits and phone calls with your loved ones at the most while you are in treatment. Being cognizant of the happenings of your loved ones is a distraction to your recovery, especially if there is dysfunctional family drama. Even seeing it or hearing about it via social media is unhealthy because you can become psychologically preoccupied with them even if you are not physically with them or verbally speaking to them.
Avoiding You Converting Your Substance Addiction to a Cell Phone/Internet Addiction
Many recent studies show that people can become physiologically and psychologically addicted to their cell phone. Seeing the content on your cell phone screen causes your brain to releases dopamine, the same chemical that drugs and alcohol cause your brain to release. A common circumstance is people not genuinely recovering from one addiction and simply switching it (e.g. gambling to alcohol). Your cell phone is also a means of accessing pornography and gambling sites, which are two renowned psychological addictions. If you are addicted to one addictive substance or behavior, you technically addicted to all them. Rehab’s goal is to help you recover from addictive thinking and behavior completely.
Your body needs to heal from the damage that the drugs and/or alcohol has done to it. Sleep is your body’s way of restoring itself. The blue light emitted from cell phones makes it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. In addition, if you hear your cell phone making noise in the middle of the night, you will be tempted to look at it, further disturbing your sleep.
Your addicted friends calling you, seeing their names in your contacts, scrolling past pictures of them in your phone, and especially seeing them on social media positing pictures or posts about drinking and using are significant relapse triggers. You have associated them with your active addiction, and being exposed to any aspect of them can make you want to use. You can also be deceived that the lifestyle in active addiction is “not that bad” or “fun” by them glorifying it on social media.
Lowering Your Self-Esteem
Making you compare yourself and your life to other people and their lives is the most significant detriment of social media. In recovery, improving yourself and your life is the only goal that you should be focusing on. Achieving can be difficult if you are being bombarded with your social media friends and followers posting about their family, career, education, and other highlights of their lives because you will naturally be compare your life to theirs, which will lower your self-esteem. Developing self-esteem is a sub-goal in many recovery cases, and that needs to be built on a strong foundation where you are only focused on yourself and your life.
How Technology and Social Media Can Benefit You Later in Recovery
Though the negatives of technology and social media tend to be spoken about more often than the positives, especially in the addiction and recovery industry, technology and social media can benefit you later in recovery. Once you have completed treatment, built a solid foundation for your new life, and have become reacclimated to the outside world, technology and social media can be beneficial for your aftercare.
Online meetings are increasing in popularity among many Twelve Step Groups and Twelve-Step alternative groups. Though in-person meetings are the most beneficial, online meetings are useful for when you cannot make an in-person meeting due to your schedule, being sick or injured, inclement weather, and difficult moments that spontaneously happen. Online meetings are also beneficial for meeting new more people in the recovery world and receiving different perspectives.
Facebook groups are excellent virtual communities where you connect with a regular group of people over a common issue (e.g. recovery, PTSD, abusive survivors, etc.). Some Facebook groups these social media groups may be open to the public or restricted to certain social media users. You can choose which one based on your privacy preferences. You can even make a Facebook group for your homegroup and set it as “Secret” among the established members of your homegroup so you can keep in touch throughout the week.
Connecting with Addiction and Recovery Industry Leaders
You can find and follow the most inspiring addiction and recovery industry leaders through social media. These leaders may not be world famous, but they are often social media/internet famous and often have the most astonishing stories to tell and encouraging posts to share.
Following or Subscribing to Positivity and Recovery Pages and Accounts
There are many pages and accounts that are strictly devoted to posting daily positive quotes and news or recovery quotes and news. Following or subscribing to these pages or accounts is a great way to inspire and encourage yourself each time you open up your social media account.
Just Believe That You Can Recover
Though the idea of attending a Florida rehab and parting from your cellphone for a period of time may sound daunting, you will soon see the beauty that recovery has to offer. Recovery is like the stock market; you will have ups and downs, but your overall trend will be going upward into a better life. Drugs, alcohol, and even your cellphone are your best friends that are killing you, and you need to part from those best friends because they will only be a detriment in the long-run, not a benefit.
Just Believe Recovery Center is located in Jensen Beach, Florida. We take a holistic approach to treating addiction. Our philosophy is if you just believe, changing your life is possible. We are accredited by the Joint Commission, which means we meet high standards. We offer four programs:
• Residential Treatment
• Partial-Hospitalization (PHP)
Our programs are gender-specific and they also address the entire family.
Call us anytime 24/7 at 888-380-0667 helpline to inquire about our programs or general addiction and recovery.