Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t actually the treatment or rehabilitation process itself that represents the most critical stage in the journey of a recovering addict. It’s routinely said that acknowledging the problem in the first place represents the most important step of all, which holds a great deal of truth. However, it’s what happens after the individual’s treatment that will determine their long-term outlook. After all, even the most outstanding drug addiction counselling Harley Street has to offer can only do so much to help.
While it is of course not the kind of thing anyone going through such treatment would like to think about, relapse and outright failure are both relatively common. In many instances, it really isn’t as simple as diving into a course of treatment and emerging a few weeks later completely transformed for the experience. Quite to the contrary in fact, it can often take multiple attempts to get things right, though the promise of a brighter future makes all such efforts more than worthwhile.
So with this in mind, what are some of the most common reasons why any given drug addiction treatment plan may have proved ineffective the first time around?
1 – Unrealistic Expectations
Well, first of all there’s the way in which so many mistakenly confuse drug addiction treatment with an outright cure for their condition. The simple fact of the matter is that there isn’t and possibly ever will be an outright cure for any kind of drug addiction. Instead, building a better future means embarking on a long, slow and often difficult journey – the distance of which is impossible to calculate. Just as some require professional assistance for many years, others may be well on the road to recovery after just a couple of months or even a few weeks. The problem being that by expecting something of a miracle cure overnight, you inherently set yourself up for both disappointment and failure.
2 – Impatience
The same also goes for the time required to make any real progress when being treated and helped with recovery from drug addiction. There will always be instances where certain recovering addicts make the most miraculous progress over the course of just a few short weeks. But at the same time, others may find that their lot doesn’t seem to improve a great deal, even after investing months in the process. The simple fact of the matter is that with the very best help available and enough time, the life of any drug addict can be turned around. The only problem being that if you are not willing to give it sufficient time, failure is guaranteed.
3 – A Negative Attitude
Another extremely common reason for the failure of so many drug treatment programs is the fact that the individual taking part entered into the process with the wrong attitude in the first place. The reason being that there is a very big difference between an individual entering into a drug treatment program having been pressured to do so by their family and a second individual doing so because they themselves actually want to be there. It’s often said that unless you are seeking treatment for all the right reasons, you will fail – a proclamation that could not be truer.
4 – The Wrong Rehab Facility
In terms of the service provider selected, it is important to acknowledge the fact that not every counsellor, treatment centre and rehabilitation facility in the country is of the same calibre. In fact, the truth is actually quite to the contrary as while there are certain centres that have quite immaculate reputations, others are better known for their substandard performance. Suffice to say therefore, the importance of carrying out sufficient research before making your final decision cannot be overstated.
5 – The Wrong Type of Rehab
The same also goes for rehabilitation or treatment type – largely every centre in the country has its own unique approach to the recovery process. Once again, it’s there for a case of being shown to carry out as much research as necessary, in order to ensure that the service provider you choose adopts an approach that is suitable for you.
6 – Resuming Risky Lifestyle Choices or Habits
Last up, one of the most common of all relapse triggers is that of resuming harmful lifestyle habits and generally slipping back into prior behaviour. This can happen in a number of ways – spending time with the wrong people, hanging out in the wrong places or generally adopting a harmful attitude to the recovery process. There are certain habits and lifestyle choices which must be completely and permanently severed as part of the recovery process – any inkling that they are once again creeping into the equation should therefore never be overlooked.