It’s all to easy in life to keep yourself hidden away, deep within yourself. Maybe you’re shy because you’re insecure about some part of who you are. Maybe you’ve been bullied in the past and it took a toll on how safe you feel about being open to other people. Or maybe suffer from a panic disorder and being overwhelmed socially is one of your triggers. Addiction can come along with any of those scenarios. But in order to truly heal at the Discovery Institute, detox centers in NJ, it’s going to require that you are somewhat social, able to open up and be vulnerable with other people struggling with a devastating substance abuse problem. It will ask some hard things of you like maybe sharing in group therapy meeting. But here’s the thing to remember, while you are at Discovery Institute, the top rated drug rehab center in New Jersey, your safety is our top priority. Our qualified medical professionals will not ask you to do something that they don’t believe you can do. Do your best to have faith in yourself through your sponsor’s faith in you, and your licensed clinicians faith in you. Try to allow yourself to come out of the place within where you hide yourself away. Let yourself come out to find the healing addiction that your body and soul need.


Appreciate Who You Are

You can start by appreciating the little things about yourself. It’s a great idea to write a list of all of the ways in which you are already succeeding at being more brave and more open. It’s not easy to walk away from substance abuse. It’s even harder to walk away from that as a person who is very personal, and attend a rehab in New Jersey and let yourself open up to strangers. Appreciate the courage you are conjuring from within yourself. It will take time to fully come out of your proverbial shell, but the best way to feel comfortable being vulnerable with other people is to practise doing so, with the knowledge that it is a feat to open yourself up in this way.  Acknowledging when you succeed and give yourself compassion when you have a hard time coming out from the shadows.


Discovery InstituteDiscover Your True Self

There is very little more self revealing than this complicated journey from an alcohol or drug addict to a recovering addict who is focused on fostering a healthy, contented and sober life. There’s a refining of yourself that happens as you burn away the trauma that your substance abuse caused to your body and mind. When you are put in the position of facing those fears of interpersonal connection and vulnerability, it’s impossible to not discover yourself in this process. Refinement can be painful. As you metaphorically burn away years of fear and shame to reveal the heart of who you are, you’ll find things about yourself that are hard to look at, that may bring back that shame and that self hatred. That’s why you are doing this with other people. That’s why you are hearing their stories too. So you know you’re not alone. Through this process you will learn that your fellow rehab attendees also have reasons to feel shame or years of trauma that they have to deal with, but you will also see the absolute beauty in who they are as a whole, as you watch them take the momentus steps toward sobriety. Together you will discover your true selves and you will find that as you do, it will become easier to let yourself out of hiding more often.  


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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