The process of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is complicated, time-consuming, and takes a lot of individual effort. Many people who complete a treatment program remain abstinent indefinitely. However, many who choose to leave treatment early will require another stay at a treatment center before living a truly sober life can happen.
When someone wants to end treatment early, whether they choose to or not, it’s important to evaluate the situation to determine if there is a possibility to encourage them to remain in rehab and finish the addiction treatment program.
Otherwise, the person with the substance use disorder will be prone to relapse and may have to start the full continuum of care all over again. When you leave treatment before the end of the program and the attending physician’s discharge, it is considered and documented as a discharge against medical advice (AMA).
We want people who are in addiction treatment to know why is it is essential to stay in it. Here are four common-sense reasons to stay in rehab.
1. Every person is different, and your treatment plan is specific to your needs.
Believing they are not like other people in rehab is the second reason why some people leave rehab early. We all tend to think we are smarter, have more common sense, are more intelligent, beautiful, or successful than “those other people.” Treatment plans are individually created for each client so that yours may be different from your roommate’s. Talk to your therapist to see if your plan needs to be adjusted.
2. There are options if you don’t like your treatment center.
Clients leave rehab early when they don’t like the rehab center. Sometimes though, this is not the real reason for leaving, and sometimes it is. If you truly believe this rehab center is not right for you, ask the staff to help you find one that is right. Perhaps your roommate is annoying, or you don’t click with your therapist. It happens. Talk to someone on the staff who you feel comfortable with and work out a plan to make staying in rehab work for you.
3. If you leave early, you are going to miss valuable information.
We get it. You know this stuff already. You’ve “been there and done that.” But did you know that each time you are in drug rehab, you have the opportunity to learn or practice something new? It takes repetition to catch on to a concept or exercise that can make the difference in obtaining sobriety and maintaining abstinence. Also, there will be informative talks and workshops that cover different topics in which you could benefit. You know you need to be there. Don’t miss out.
4. You really should not “go it alone.”
Many people with addiction feel they can handle detoxing alone and manage to stay sober without the skills and resources that addiction therapy offers. If this were true, then this disease would not be diagnosed as a chronic, relapsing disease. Treatment centers are experts in teaching relapse prevention skills such as how to avoid triggers. Also, there is much support to gain in the presence of other people in the same circumstance. Support and strength come in numbers whether the treatment is inpatient or outpatient.
A word about leaving rehab when it’s out of your control:
On the other hand, there are other ways an individual can be forced to leave rehab before completing treatment.
The most common reason is breaking the facility’s rules. These include forbiddance of drinking alcohol or using drugs, and from bringing illicit substances on the facility’s grounds.
Many rehab centers search through the belongings that clients bring to ensure they don’t contain drugs, alcohol, or other prohibited substances. Friends and loved ones who visit people in treatment have been known to sneak contraband into the facility, violating the rules and putting the client’s well-being and treatment in jeopardy. These are grounds for leaving rehab early that are not really in the client’s control.
Additionally, it’s possible for individuals who repeatedly violate other rules—such as breaking curfew or forming romantic relationships between residents—to have their treatment terminated before completion.
When individuals are being forced to leave the program for these reasons, the only option for continuing treatment might be to start treatment at a different facility.
Building and Maintaining Sobriety
Recovery is a very long journey with many twists and turns. Clients put a great deal of time and effort into their recoveries. The benefits of becoming sober are so numerous as to be almost infinite.
Quitting addiction rehab early is not a smart move.Pathway to Hope employs treatment plans that are tailored to your needs. Some of our staff has been through what you are going through. They know and understand the challenges of their clients. We get you. And, we’ve heard all the excuses for leaving rehab early before. But here’s one for staying in addiction treatment that maybe you haven’t considered:
5. You are valuable, you are strong, and you can do it.
Once you cycle through the full continuum of care, you are welcomed into theAlumni Program to bolster your sobriety long-term goals further. This is an advantage of staying in rehab until discharge. You will gain new strength from the alumni and continue to forge your path into the new world that you just created.