The Short Answer
Fact or Fiction: rehab works for everyone? This is a simple question with a simple answer: No, rehab does not work for everyone. If you have ever watched the news, then you have seen this very clearly. Celebrities are checking into rehab facilities like they check into hotels. However, for some people, rehab is just the thing they need to make them finally quit their drug of choice. Rehab allows them to go back to living the life they were living before their addiction started.
If they have been addicted for the majority of their adult life, it allows them to experience life in a whole new way. But no, rehab does not work for everyone. It is not the cure-all solution to an addiction. That is because there are many factors at play. There are many different things that can make abusers successful or unsuccessful at combating their addiction after the rehabilitation process is complete.
It Depends on the Person’s Specific Situation
The first thing that can make a huge difference when it comes to the success of the rehab process, it’s the person that is going through the treatment program. No two people entering rehab have the same back-story. Every person entering rehab has had a hard time, no doubt, but how they got there and what caused their addiction in the first place varies greatly. Each person’s individual story can play a big role in whether or not rehab will work. So, what are some contributing factors to a person’s success?
- Is their family supportive? If the abuser’s family is not in the picture, it can be challenging to have a full recovery after leaving rehab. They may not have the support they need and fall back into their old ways. On the contrary, when the family is involved, the abuser has a support team that can encourage them and help them stay clean after leaving treatment.
- Did they attend rehab willingly? If abusers are forced to attend rehab, they will probably just got through the motions so that can get on with their life. However, when the person has hit rock bottom and realizes that they truly have a problem that needs to be fixed, they are much more likely to really go through all of the programs necessary for success. The person also needs to be ready to open up and receive the treatment being offered to them. They need to want to change and be willing to work for it.
- Are they genetically predisposed to the addiction gene? It has been proven that an addiction gene does exist. Some people will get addicted to drugs, alcohol, or really anything, much easier than their peers. These people have a gene that makes them become addicted to substances or activities easily. This gene also makes it a lot harder for these people to stay sober after treatment. It is not impossible by any means, but these people will have to work a lot harder to protect themselves from relapsing.
- How committed are they? This may be the biggest factor to a person’s success after attending rehab. If abusers go through rehab, soaking in every piece of information that is given to them, they will be able to retain this information once they leave treatment. People who are committed will do whatever it takes to keep them from having to enter drug rehabilitation again. They will go through every single task asked of them, and give 100% every time. These are the people that rehab is made for, and these are the people that will have success.
It Also Depends on the Treatment Center
While the commitment and history of a person can play a huge role in how successful they are after they leave rehab, the treatment center that they choose to attend can also be an important factor. Some rehab centers have higher success rates than others, and it is not just a coincidence. Here are some things found at treatment centers that have higher rates of success:
They offer long-term programs. For some people, the standard 28-day treatment may be enough. Many experts agree that this is the amount of time that it takes to make or break a habit, so it seems logical that this would be a good time for a treatment program. That being said, there are many variables at play, and many people will not get the full recovery they need to stay clean after leaving the facility. Instead, a 90-day program is more desirable. Ninety days is enough time where the abusers can fully break away from their addiction. They have ample time to learn the skills they need to never relapse. They have time to truly discover the cause of their addiction which allows them to heal from the inside out.
They use proven methods. Some methods of treatment have been proven to work more effectively than others. These treatment methods require years of training and, unfortunately, not all rehab facilities employ people that know how to properly use them. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most sought after treatment types because it has the highest rate of success. When someone who has ample training uses this method in the right way, the patients have a much higher chance of never relapsing. In fact, some rehab centers are only allowed to use scientifically proven methods in order to receive the funding they need from the state. When the proper methods are used, more people are successful after leaving rehab and the state does not waste their money.
They are committed to continued success. The treatment centers that have the highest success rates all have one thing in common: they arm their graduates with full relapse prevention plans. They give their patients detailed instructions to ensure their success. They set up local counseling sessions and follow-up visits. They arrange for support groups or halfway houses when necessary. They do not forget about their patients after they walk out the door. They are truly committed to every patient living a life free of addiction.
It May Not Work for Everyone, but It Definitely Works
Even though rehab is not the answer for everyone who enters the doors, it is the answer for some of them. There is no way to know whether or not rehab will be successful until it is completed. However, people who are entering rehab have a lot of control in the extent of their success. If they enter rehab with an open mind and the commitment to get better at any cost, they have a good chance of reaching their goal. But, if they choose to just go through the motions, they will not be successful. Abusers will get out of rehab what they are willing to put into it.
It is All About Commitment
When it comes down to it, the success of a rehabilitation center is all about commitment. Commitment needs to come from everyone involved. The abusers, their families, and the staff at the rehabilitation center are all responsible for the abusers’ success. Only then will the ultimate goal of 100% victory be completed.