Anyone deciding to go to rehab doesn’t do it very easily. It is a major turn in one’s life, and one doesn’t make the decision lightly. A drug-addicted person entering a treatment program may be one of the hardest things to do and any sound individual will take relapse prevention steps after the program. But it is the first step to any recovery, recognizing you need help. In turn, it tells everyone that you admit to having a drug addiction problem.
Realizing you have a problem that you need to take care of is different from being court-ordered or having a drug intervention done. Coming from the Court, the choice is simple prison or a spot in a treatment center. The intent here is to avoid prison. The person may have limited success because the decision is not their own. In the second situation, the drug interventionist and family are so firm, and the bottom line is so real that the person agrees to enter rehab. They come to see that they need to stop or change the reality of their life. Success in this instance is higher than if court-ordered. Relapse prevention measures will be at their lowest.
In all cases, once the addicted person enters the drug rehab center and starts the program, the real battle begins. The attitude toward the program plays a significant role in recovery. The type of program the person does is important for that person. It does matter what drug treatment program one does. It’s the addict’s program, not the family members’ or anyone else’s. Some addicted people fight the program from start to end. Others pretend to agree with everything but lack commitment. And then some have made the firm decision to stop drugs or alcohol and turn a new leaf. And will take precautions to prevent relapse.
And yet, no matter how hard one tries, there could still be a failure. Addiction of any kind is a real problem, and connected to it is a multitude of variables. Detox is the first step in the big hurdle of overcoming substance abuse. It is the faster step in the process. A person is taken off the substance of choice over several days. But just because you stop using drugs does not mean all the associative connections have been addressed.
The following action to overcoming dependency is the rehabilitation process. In most cases, it consists of the cognitive aspects, social connections, and a look at the underlying cause(s) of drug abuse or alcoholism. With these steps done, the chances of successful sobriety are pretty good.
So what happened to the addict that relapses a few days or a couple of weeks out of treatment? The simple answers are A) not committed to the program, B) dishonesty throughout, which brings us back to A, C) unchecked unethical behaviour during treatment, D) had not firmly decided to stop using drugs or alcohol or E) not the correct approach method for that individual.
You did not fail your last treatment program. Family members should also take this concept into consideration when their loved one relapses. It was simply a lack of intention to quit, or the person didn’t find the reason behind their abuse.
You should note here that drugs and alcohol abuse dulls the ability of the person to hold to a decision. It’s part of the complexities associated with substance abuse. No one fails. Just pick up your feet and go at it repeatedly and as many times as needed. Each time your intention builds, and you will be free from drugs.