Why Do People Relapse After Rehab?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA, relapse rates for addiction recovery range from 40 to 60 percent. Why is this statistic so high, and what can be done about it?

A rehab offers a safe, controlled, highly structured environment. All the focus is on educating the person addicted about their disease, treating them with individual and group therapy, and providing tools for them to remain sober. A feeling of euphoria can accompany a person leaving rehab. They have made it. People clap and cheer, but when they get home they may find no one is cheering them on. After a few days or a week, they may experience a general feeling of dissatisfaction with their life. Drinking used to be a form of escape, so they pour a drink without thinking where it will take them. The first drink gets you drunk.

Some addicts go into treatment to appease their families, but in their hearts, they have no intention of staying substance free. They leave the rehab and immediately get high. This can be the same way for some with an addiction to alcohol.

People who actively addicted to drugs or alcohol can have dual diagnoses that cannot be adequately treated in a 28-day treatment setting. For all individuals leaving the structured rehab environment, an aftercare plan should be in place and include therapy to treat other diagnoses related to the addiction. If the person leaving rehab refuses to follow through with their aftercare plan, they are at a high risk for relapse.

A person is likely to relapse if they feel they aren’t able to obtain any pleasure from life. Similarly, if they are bombarded by anxiety, they may drink or pick up drugs to escape their uncomfortable feelings. Being overly sensitive to stress and not sufficiently using their coping skills can overwhelm recent rehab graduates, and put them a risk escape.

What makes anyone think their life is worth it? If love, happiness and support are not within reach, where can they turn? Everyone can’t be saved because some people are resistant and afraid. Their barriers are like army tanks, but underneath all that armour is an adult child who never got his or her needs met. Reach out and help someone today.

“You might have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”—Margaret Thatcher

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