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

Addicts often display antisocial behavior, avoiding close friends and family members to hide their opium use. Over time antisocial behavior can become more severe, ruining relationships and causing other repercussions for the addict. Users can get help for addiction by attending rehab but antisocial behavior can keep you from being successful. In order for rehab to be effective you must actively participate in treatment. During rehab you must talk openly about your problems, connect with fellow recovering addicts, and be willing to change your behaviors. Antisocial behavior will hinder your chances at success so you should address it before starting rehab.

Can I Stop Being Antisocial?

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

Bringing antisocial behavior with you to rehab can take away from your treatment

The term “antisocial” is used to describe many things, and the true meaning may be lost because of this. Some people are said to be antisocial, meaning they are not sociable and avoid the company of others.[1] Being antisocial is a detriment to addicts because they cut themselves off from people that care about them. Addicts that are antisocial sink deeper into their addiction and stay away from the ones that could help them. With effort you can change your habits and put an end to antisocial behavior, but you will have to force yourself to socialize until you overcome your feelings. Seeing a therapist can help you identify the behaviors that need to be changed. Behavioral therapy helps you see the underlying causes of your behavior and teaches you strategies to change your thought patterns so you can achieve more positive outcomes.

Some people with antisocial tendencies can reverse their behavior with a few changes but antisocial behavior can develop into a mental disorder that requires more extensive treatment. Antisocial personality disorder is a chronic mental state where the way a person thinks and perceives situations related to others is distorted and destructive to the individual.[2] People with antisocial personality disorder ignore the feelings or wellbeing of others, manipulating others as a way to get what they want. Antisocial personality disorder may cause a person to feel no empathy for others, indulge in impulsive behavior, and take extreme risks. Treatment is difficult because sufferers often deny they have a problem or lie about their actions. With long-term therapy symptoms of the disorder can be minimized but may return if treatment is stopped.

Overcoming an Antisocial Personality and Addiction

Antisocial behavior keeps you from getting everything you need from addiction treatment. If you are antisocial during rehab you will miss out on making connections with your peers that could help your recovery. Being part of a community of fellow recovering addicts is part of the treatment process; not joining the community will hold you back in the long run. The best way to deal with an antisocial disorder is to talk to your therapist about it.[3] If you are in a treatment program be sure to discuss any social troubles you have experienced. If you suffer from antisocial personality disorder Dual Diagnosis treatment may be your best option. Dual Diagnosis treatment addresses addiction and co-occurring mental disorders simultaneously so patients can get help as soon as possible as well as unravel the link between the two disorders.

Steps You Can Take to Succeed in Rehab

Rehab is nothing to be afraid of, you may be nervous about starting treatment but anyone can be successful if they take the right approach to treatment. When you sign up for treatment you should look for a facility that offers holistic treatment, with a detox program followed by behavioral or other scientific-based therapy. Rehab must help you heal physically, emotionally and mentally, and holistic treatment is designed to target all three areas with therapy. Approach rehab like school or a job, absorbing everything you learn like a sponge. The things you learn in rehab are the foundation for your recovery so you need to keep your focus. Taking notes and keeping a journal are both great ways to reinforce the things you are taught. Learning to utilize support is a key in rehab and becomes even more important when you go back home. Start working on your relationships while you are in treatment, make new friends that will help your recovery, and build a strong support network to help protect you from relapse after treatment. Strong relationships make it easier to move on from addiction while also providing someone to call on when faced with relapse or other problems.

Starting Rehab Is the First Step to Beating Addiction

It is impossible to meet all your obligations when you are living with opium addiction. Opium causes users to struggle at work, in relationships, and leads to all sorts of other problems. If you are experiencing problems in your life due to substance abuse the problems will not go away until you stop using. To find out more about rehab treatment call our toll-free helpline. A trained addiction specialist can answer any questions you have about recovery and assist you in finding an effective treatment program. We can let you know if your health insurance covers rehab, so have your policy information on-hand when you call. We are available 24/7 to help opium users find rehab treatment, so pick up the phone now.


[1] What Causes Antisocial Personality Disorder by Donald Black

[2] Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms

[3] Healthline: Antisocial personality disorder