Relapse Prevention

Drug rehab failure, what lies behind?

Remember that anyone deciding to go to a drug rehab did not do so easily. For the drug addict deciding to enter a drug rehab center may be one of the hardest things to do, this is the first step to any recovery; recognize you need help. This in turn tells everyone that you admit having a drug addiction problem.

This is somewhat different then being court ordered to drug rehab or having a drug intervention to drug rehab. In the first example the choice is simple prison or a comfy spot in a drug treatment center, the intent here is to avoid prison, success is limited. In the second situation the interventionist and family are so firm and the bottom line is so very real that the drug addict agrees to enter a drug addiction treatment program to stop the reality of their life and success is much higher then if court ordered.

In all cases once the drug addict has entered the drug rehab center and starts the drug addiction program the real battle begins. It does not matter which drug addiction treatment program one does, the bottom line is that it’s the addicts program, not the family member’s or anyone else’s. The attitude toward the program plays a big role, some drug addicts fight the program from start to end. Others pretend to agree with everything, and then there are those addicts that have made the firm decision prior to starting that they are through with drugs or alcohol.

And yet no matter how hard one tries there could still be a failure. Drug addiction and alcoholism are real problems and there are a multitude of variables connected to drug and alcohol abuse. Detox is probably the first of the big hurdles to overcome and depending on the drug treatment center most can be done pretty successfully. But just because you stop using drugs and / or your body has been flushed of the drugs does not mean all the associative connections have been addressed.

The next big barrier to overcome drug addiction in a drug rehab program would consist of the cognitive aspects, social connections, and reviewing those thing underlying the drug abuse and/or alcoholism. With these steps done your chances of success are pretty good.

So what happened to the drug addict or alcoholic that relapses a few days or couple weeks out of the drug rehab program? The simple answers are: A) not committed to the program B) dishonesty throughout which brings us back to A, C) unethical behavior during treatment unchecked or D) has not firmly decided to stop using drugs or alcohol.

There is no such thing as failure in drug rehab programs there is only a lack of intention to stop using drugs or drinking harmful alcohol. Remember you did not fail your last drug rehab program and family members should also take this into consideration when they find out their son, daughter or husband relapse; it is not a failure but simply lacking sufficient intention to quit.

It should be noted here that drugs and alcohol abuse dulls the ability of the person to hold to a decision very long, its just part of the complexities associated with illicit drug abuse. No one failed, just pick your feet up and go at it again, and again and as many times as needed. Each time your intention builds and you will be free of drugs.