5 Ways Creativity Can Help You Through Drug Rehab


I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I’ve been the guy kicking and screaming Amy Winehouse – (RIP), ‘Rehab’ lyrics, and I’ve been the guy trying to convince the Denial Monsters that it’s not that bad!

Our mandate at Rich & Sober is to talk about life hacks that can improve the lives of those in recovery, but I need to talk about my time in drug rehab first, because this is one of the greatest life hacks you will ever use in the real world, and it all began during my time at rehab.

I need to just come out and say it. If you fall into the Denial Monster category who thinks that throwing yourself off of a bridge is better than 60 days in a drug rehab, ‘Give your fu#%^ing head a shake!’

Drug Rehab is Awesome!

I’ve attended fancy, expensive, executive drug rehabs, and I’ve been to government run facilities where my roomie just did a 20 year stint, and drug rehab was part of his parole mandate.

I’m proud to say, I’ve been to drug rehab 3 times, and I loved every minute of it.

When I mention that to most people; they look at me like i’m nuts.

They might be right, but like Henry Ford said;

Whether You Think You Can, Or You Can’t – Either Way – You’re Right.

Ultimately, what he is saying, is it’s all a matter of perspective and mindset and if you figure that out sooner than later, you’ll make the most of your stint.

Here are the 5 ways I pushed past just coping in drug rehab.

1. Pretend You’re Neo From The Matrix

Everything was possible in The Matrix. You can be whoever you want to be. If you want to wear black shiny leather and kick some Kung-Fu ass, no problem. You have the power to create your own reality at your disposal. Use your time in drug rehab to start creating a new reality within your mind. What you can conceive, you can achieve. So start conceiving. Use this time to create your very own Matrix, down to the finest detail. Just please, no leather chaps.

2. Imagine; What Would Ferris Bueller Do?

Sure the movie is a little dated. What’s cool has changed but everyone can still appreciate the creativity Ferris’ used in order to avoid his school principal. I sure did. Now I’m not suggesting you use your creativity to ditch group, but I am suggesting that a little creativity can help you enjoy your time instead of suffering in it.

3. Practice Your Jedi Mind Tricks

There can only be one Obi Wan Kenobi hand wave, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try some mind tricks. Influencing the people around you will be critical to a positive life in sobriety. Most people you encounter in sobriety understand and are supportive but you’ll also come across those DBags that just don’t get it and insist obnoxiously that you can do at least one Tequilla blast with them. You need to learn to be tactful in how you influence and be resistant of others, so try different communication methods without sounding blunt or rude, and if you are, at least in drug rehab, you’ll be dealing with other Padawans who get it.

4. Write Like Steven King

Write your own horror novel. Most clients in drug rehab have a tough time with the idea of having to journal daily. Instead, treat it like you’re writing a Steven King horror novel. If you’re anything like me, you have stories to tell and you’ve probably been to hell and back. Sounds like the start of a good horror story to me. Tell your stories, get them on paper, and you’ll allow a healing process to begin through your story telling. When most people think of King, they think of books from his early days like; Carrie or The Stand, but some of his best work has actually been after he got sober. You might have zero aspirations to become a novelist but use this time to write. This hack was definitely the one thing that helped me push past just coping and actually falling in love with my time in drug rehab. Thanks Uncle Stevie.

5. Breathe Deep Like Deepak

In the real world, it seems like you never have time to just sit back and catch your breathe. Well this is your time. I think most people get caught up in what meditation should be or do for them. Their monkey brain wanders, frustration sets in, and it’s over. Just take 10 minutes every day, and focus on breathing through your nose. That’s it. Just feel your breathe on your nostrils. In and out, for 10 minutes, and if another thought pops in, just let it pass. In and out, in an out for 10 minutes a day, and soon you’ll be meditating like Mr.Chopra himself.

The morale of the story here is is to leverage your creativity and time. Use it to your advantage. Drug Rehab is not a time to sulk, it is a time to create a new you, so take advantage of it.

Let me ask you, when in your life will you have the chance to leave your worries behind, and explore your inner universe, your most intimate hopes and desires and focus on creating a new life, a better life?

It’s all a matter of perspective, so change your perspective.

Oprah said it best when she said; ‘What we dwell on is who we become.”

I propose you start dwelling like Ferris, Neo, or Steven.

Use your creative mind, and you too will fall in love with your time in drug rehab. I promise!

How Steven King Helped Me Through Drug Rehab ©

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