If you have not struggled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is hard to understand the rehabilitation experience. For most people, it is a grueling time that is physically, mentally and emotionally painful. Despite the rigor of rehabilitation, it is vital that those struggling with addiction undergo intensive counseling to start recovery. When a person enters the program, they typically go through an intake process that includes an in-depth assessment of their addiction, which determines how doctors will proceed with their program. They initially determine how long they think you will need to be in the program and what steps will have to be taken to get ones body and mind clean. While the required length of stay can change based on progress, sometimes, people choose to leave before they are medically advised to do so. Time and time again we see that leaving rehabilitation early only leads to more problems down the line.
Many ask, why do the hardest part of the work through detox to give up early? There are many reasons people leave rehabilitation early. They think the process figured out. For some, this isn’t their first rehab facility. This ‘been-there-done-that’ attitude comes on strong once the initial detox process is complete and they think they are completely healed. They know what the next steps are and think they can do it on their own. They think they have their addiction under control. They feel that they are finally healed and will not be tempted by the stresses of the world that started their addiction in the first place. They believe that this is the time and they have already reached their finish line.
They think they are too good for the facility. They see others coming in with addictions and struggles they perceive as being more intense than theirs. They feel like they are better or smarter than these people and this pride disallows them from participating in-group sessions or being transparent with their fellow patients. Of course, there are other reasons people want to leave, but these are three very common perceptions. The doctors and medical staff on-site are typically the most aware of the needs of the patient. Furthermore, when a patient chooses to leave rehabilitation early (because they cannot be forced to stay against their will), it is assumed that they are not prepared for the stresses and temptations of the real world. Unfortunately, this usually results in relapse and a complete return to the same struggles that put the person in rehabilitation initially.
It is very important to stay in a rehabilitation program for the complete duration, staying privy to the advice of the doctors and staff regarding the best path for your recovery and continued sobriety.