WHY A REHABILITATION MAY NOT WORK THE WAY ONE PLANS
Helping addicts in their recovery, one step at a time
If you have just started on the road to rehabilitation or have known someone who has, then it is very likely for you to witness a lot of hearsay regarding it. The rumor that most commonly goes around is that the entire system of rehabilitation may not do much for an addict to turn sober. Going by the statistics, this rumor emerges as a strong data point. As per the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which is an international mutual aid fellowship; the attrition rate among the addicts who join their Sobriety program is quite high.
Considering all the negative sentiments like being straight-faced liars, utterly selfish and manipulative to the extent of doing just about anything to get the next supply of drug/alcohol; the onus of blame for not continuing with the rehabilitation goes on to the addicts themselves.
A part of the blame should be on the addict, but a deep dive into the entire picture could reveal that they should not be blamed entirely.
Following list could serve as a pointer to ensure that the dropout rate for an
addict in a rehabilitation center remains minimal:
1. CONSIDERING EVERY ADDICT THE SAME
Each and every individual has their unique DNA; and so the same for every addicted individual. But mostly in rehabilitation centers, all the addicts are treated the same and all are put through the same kind of recovery techniques. Obviously, that turns out a major reason why the cookie cutter kind of approach does not work out for all; and hence the high amount of drop rate from rehabilitation.
2. AFRAID OF DEALING WITH WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
As mentioned in the beginning, many a times the rumors surrounding the entire gamut of rehabilitation process at times makes it difficult for the process to see success. For an instance, the phenomenon of going cold turkey is mostly described as something that is not meant for everyone to tackle. So when an already struggling addict undergoes any withdrawal symptoms, they already feel negative about it and over the time start believing that they will not be able to continue with it. This turns out to be a major reason for an addict to not continue with their journey to recovery.
3. EXPECTING OTHERS TO DO IT FOR YOU
We as human beings are very used to being dependent on a system. Moreover, if the system happens to be something for which we have paid, then the dependency gets even more firm. The problem with such a mind-set is that we longer feel that it is our utmost responsibility towards ourselves to live our life and to not start expecting others to work out things for us. In the case of an addict, the dependency on the rehabilitation program tends to be on the similar principles. An addict or his family have to realise that for some health practitioner at a rehabilitation center it could be a part of work ethics to ensure an addict recovers from the course; but the entire moral responsibility is of the addict themselves. Until and unless the addict takes the task of getting recovered as a personal mission, no one can really help him much.
4. NO PROPER COUNSELLING AT REHABILITATION CENTERS
Although there are sessions of counselling provided at the rehabilitation centers, but as mentioned earlier, they may lack the individualized care and attention that may be needed for every addicted individual. Hence, the generalized counselling sessions delivered to a team or group of patients may or may not turn out successful for all. Individuals differ from each other in their resolve to being influenced by temptations; hence each personality type would require different intensity of counselling to stay strong to the feelings of getting into the vicious cycle of addiction and then undergoing rehabilitation again and again.
5. LACK OF HOLISTIC APPROACH IN THE TREATMENT
The road to recovery from a drug or an alcohol abuse it not an easy one. Therefore, there are many factors that have to be tried and retried to determine what could work or not work for an individual addict. The pharmacological treatment is something than cannot be ruled out; but in order to have an all-rounder approach to tackle it all, a lot of psychological treatment in terms of counselling along with proper attention to diet, health and nutrition is also required. An addict goes through a lot of changes at the physiological, behavioral as well as psychological level. To deal with them all just one kind of treatment approach may not work in all the cases. In fact, a multi-disciplinary approach combining other sciences of healing like yoga and some mental relaxing techniques could serve beneficiary.
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