How to Get Along with Others in an Alcohol/Drug Treatment Center

How to Get Along with Others in an Alcohol/Drug Treatment Center

Making a decision to go into a drug/alcohol treatment center is brave.  Often, men and women go into treatment unaware of the fact that they will be sharing a room with someone that they may or may not like.  It is important to stay focused on getting sober.  In order to do that, here are a few suggestions on how to get Along with others in an Alcohol/Drug Treatment Center.

For starters, know that your roommate is nervous about sharing a room with you as well.  Everyone likes to have their own space and privacy. Inpatient treatment programs are often 30 days long. It is important to try and make the best of it.  Know that your roommate is going through a similar situation as you are.  They are even wondering what you are thinking of them.  Some roommates are quiet and others may disturb you.  If you are having a problem with your roommate, it is important to speak with your counselor about it.  Let them know how you feel.  Explain the problems that you are having.  Many counselors are open to listening to you and what you have to say.  Know that your treatment center cares about you and your personal welfare. After all, you are entrusting them to get you sober and to stay sober for life.

Always be courteous to the person that you are sharing your room with. Pick up after yourself. If you are a man and shave, make sure not to leave hairs in the sink that can disturb your roommate.  If you are a female, make sure to dispose of sanitary napkins properly.  There are little things that you can do in order to make your stay comfortable.

If your roommate says something nasty to you, try to ignore it.  Simple words like, “Shhhh, you are snoring” can actually make someone angry.  If you snore, accept the fact that your roommate may be angry about it or vice versa.  Some people like to toss and turn at night.  Just think in the back of your mind that in 30 days it will all be over.  If you simply can’t get passed a roommates behavior, it may be necessary to change rooms.  Always remain respectful to your roommate and keep an open communication with your counselor.

Sometimes, your roommate may be perfect in your eyes. However, someone else really bothers you.  When you walk outside, they may give you dirty looks.  You may feel like others are making fun of you or saying stuff behind your back.  It is important to ignore this.  It is important for you to get in touch with what is happening inside of you and what caused you to turn to drugs/alcohol.  It is your time.  Don’t let anyone disturb that.  Know that you are not always going to be liked by everyone for whatever reason.


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