Why Rehab May Take More than One Attempt


Why Rehab May Take More than One Attempt

At times, the addict is not ready to be free from her addiction

Rehab is often not successful on the first try for an addict. While a loved one may assume this is because the addict “did not want it enough,” there are a variety of reasons an attempt at rehab may ultimately be unsuccessful.

Altered Brain Chemistry Takes Time to Reverse

Particularly for long-term drug and alcohol abusers, there are alterations to the chemistry of the brain that must be treated in rehab. Nothing but time will reverse these changes, but these chemical changes enhance the addict’s physical and psychological need for her drug of choice.

Unfortunately, most medical insurances only cover 30 days in a treatment facility. This is often simply not enough time for the chemistry in the addict’s brain to reset. When this is the case, an addict may fall back into drug use shortly after being discharged from rehab because her brain was still wired for addiction.

Poor Philosophy of Treatment

Not all rehab centers offer the same type of treatment. Some approach addiction with a defiant or overly aggressive mentality, operating under the false assumption that willpower is sufficient to begin recovery. Additionally, many rehab centers are not equipped to treat Dual Diagnoses, in which a mental health condition exists simultaneously with an addiction. Dual Diagnosis treatment significantly changes what an effective recovery plan looks like, and a failure to appreciate this can lead to failure. Indeed, a recent National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University report indicated that only 10 percent of those needing addiction treatment receive it, and most do not receive evidence-based care. Undergoing solid treatment will often be the difference between success and failure.

The Addict Isn’t Ready

At times, the addict is not ready to be free from her addiction. She may be afraid of what a sober life will hold for her. At times, an addict will resent being forced to enter rehab against his will. He may allow spite to hold sway over him, or choose to fail just to prove a point.

Every addict must come to grips with her responsibility in her addiction. With very rare exceptions, she put herself into this addiction, and accepting responsibility for her choices is a key part of her recovery. If she is not willing to do this, rehab will likely fail. Other times, an addict believes he must hit rock bottom before the addiction will let him go. He assumes his life can get worse, so the addiction must not be done with him yet.

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