5 Reasons Drug Rehab Sometimes Fails and What You Can Do

Addiction treatment facilities provide exceptional aid to people who need their services. These programs are more comprehensive than ever before, offering an ideal balance of therapy, training, support and supervision. They also teach people in recovery how to transition to their everyday lives.

Some recovering addicts leave treatment feeling good – sometimes too good. They have this newfound confidence and energy and believe they can take on more than they can. This can lead them to uncomfortable situations that they’re not ready to handle.

Other people in recovery are the opposite. They aren’t ready to make the transition and end up feeling overwhelmed in their new way of living. Without a highly structured environment and daily supervision, these individuals end up being at risk for relapse as well.

Bottom line: People don’t just recover from a substance use disorder in a few weeks. They need long-term support, therapy and guidance to stay sober. If you feel that drug rehab didn’t work for you or a loved one, it’s not that it failed you. It’s more the fact that you have more healing, growing and learning to do.

Why Drug Rehab Sometimes Fails

Healing from a substance use disorder is a complicated process. It’s more than quitting drugs or alcohol. It means learning new ways to deal with stress, getting your life back on track and working through the underlying problems that led to the abuse. There are many hurdles along the way, and they can quickly sabotage the recovery process.

Here are five of the most common reasons why drug rehab sometimes fails.

1. You went right back to the same routine.

One of the first reasons why drug rehab doesn’t always work is because people end up going right back into their same environment. Drug treatment provides a structured environment that is conducive to sober living. But many home environments do not. In order for treatment to be successful, you need to make changes at home.

Because each person’s home life is different, you’ll need to be open and honest about the challenges you’re facing. Your therapist can help you come up with different ways to navigate these challenges. It’s also important to choose a treatment center that offers family therapy so that the family unit can work together to make the home a positive place to be.

If you feel that you don’t have a good support network at home, talk to your treatment center about sober living. Acceptance Recovery Center has sober living accommodations in Arizona to help clients slowly reintegrate into their lives.

2. There was a lack of support.

Not everyone has a good support system at home. Unfortunately, this lack of support can have an adverse effect on your outcome. You need a great deal of support in early recovery, and without this, you’ll have more temptation to return to drugs or alcohol.

If you feel that you lack the support you need to stay sober, we recommend sober living or an extended treatment program. The first few months after treatment are the hardest for most people. Family therapy can also be helpful because it addresses harmful behaviors and helps families heal as a unit.

Finally, don’t forget the effort you have to make on your part. You can’t return to the same people you’ve been using drugs or alcohol with. You need to connect with people who are sober and supportive of your recovery. Fortunately, you will meet many of these people in your support groups!

3. The program wasn’t the right fit.

Not all treatment programs are the same. It’s possible that the one you chose (or was chosen for you) wasn’t the right fit. Some treatment centers are limited in their services, so you may have received basic treatment that addressed only your physical symptoms.

Holistic treatment centers like Acceptance Recovery Center offer a wide range of treatment services to heal the whole self – mind, body and spirit. Conveniently located in beautiful Scottsdale AZ, we will create a customized treatment plan that includes:

  • Detox
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Outdoor therapy
  • Music, art and yoga
  • Equine therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Aftercare and alumni services

4. You didn’t uncover the root of your problems.

While some people do develop an addiction after experimenting with drugs or alcohol, it’s more common for there to be an underlying issue contributing to the use. Roughly half of people who struggle with substance use also have a mental health disorder. Others are working through unresolved trauma such as childhood abuse and neglect.

The purpose of individual therapy is to uncover the reasons that led to your abuse. These issues are not always obvious and can take several months or longer in therapy to uncover and understand. Until then, the urge to use drugs or alcohol when you’re feeling upset will be strong.

If you believe that your substance abuse is related to a mental health disorder or underlying trauma, be sure to choose a treatment center that specializes in dual diagnosis. This way, you can treat both problems simultaneously using a combination of talk therapy, integrated therapy and medication.

5. You had a poor aftercare plan (or no plan at all).

Aftercare is a critical part of the treatment process. You can’t just return to everyday life without some type of plan. It’s important to look for rehabs that provide a full spectrum of care, ranging from detox to aftercare. Otherwise, you’ll have to get these services from multiple treatment centers.

Acceptance Recovery Center has both aftercare and alumni services. We find that clients have better outcomes when they feel connected to their treatment center. Our aftercare program is designed to help clients transition to everyday life while managing temptation and staying connected to their support circle.

Recovery is a Process – Make Yours Stronger Today

It’s important to remember that drug rehab is never a waste of time. The skills you learn build on each other. If rehab didn’t work for you the first (or second or third time) around, it means you have more work to do and more skills to develop. Contact Acceptance Recovery Center to learn more about our comprehensive addiction treatment program.