Inpatient rehab is a time of intensive physical recovery and psychological self-examination. The process takes a considerable amount of time and can involve dealing with feelings and motives that the addict would often prefer to leave unexplored. Because these individuals’ thinking is not normal, they may not be able to access the value of the treatment or their ability to finish it. These individuals may think up a variety of excuses to leave rehab early, which inevitably leads to relapse and more negative consequences. If you examine the common reasons addicts give for leaving rehab before their treatment has ended, you find evidence of this disordered thinking.
1. I’m Not Like the Others Here
People who are addicted to substances often have an inflated idea of their own value. They may view others at rehab as beneath them, socially, financially or intellectually. These individuals are blind to the destructive effects of addiction on their personalities and their thinking. They frequently do not have a clear understanding of how severely the addiction has affected them. Their feelings of “superiority” have no basis in reality, and they are using this false view of self to avoid confronting the addiction in their lives.
2. I Already Know All This
The addicted individual may have already been through the rehab experience previously and feels he or she already knows all that is being said. Treatment may require several tries before it is successful. However, treatment works, if the individual is committed to seeing it through to its completion. Again, the addict is inflating his own image and understanding in order to avoid the often-painful truths that can help him to gain mastery over his addiction.
3. Detox and Rehab Are Too Hard
The addicted individual may have tried to quit the substance a number of times on his own and suffered severe withdrawal symptoms. Remembering these experiences can cause these individuals to avoid going through the experience again. However, these symptoms can be managed with professional care. In addition, inpatient rehab requires intensive self-exploration that often dredges up unpleasant feelings about events and experiences that have occurred due to addiction. The individual may try to avoid this process by leaving rehab early.
4. Family Responsibilities
An effective inpatient rehab program can last a month or more. Many individuals feel that this is too much time away from family and may lead to feelings of abandonment in their children. However, children benefit significantly from having a parent that is free of addiction. Restoring a functioning and fully-present parent is well worth the short period of time spent away from family. Individuals in rehab should be on guard against using this excuse to leave rehab early in order to continue their addictive behavior.
5. Financial Concerns
Concerns about paying for inpatient treatment can also cause many individuals to leave early. This concern may be one of the reasons behind the statistical disparities in groups who complete substance abuse treatment. A University of Iowa study found that 46.2 percent of whites were able to complete treatment, but only 45.6 percent of Latinos and 37.5 percent of African-Americans completed the programs. A number of financial options are available to those who need rehab for addiction problems. Health insurance may pay for a significant amount of it. A loan or gift from a family member can help to pay for rehab costs. States may provide funds for rehab assistance. Some rehab facilities offer low-cost plans for treatment. Non-profit organizations may offer help for those who need financial assistance. A payment plan can be arranged to make treatment less of a financial burden. As with the other excuses, care must be taken to ensure that concerns about payment are not just an excuse to continue using the substance.
Stay in Inpatient Treatment for Successful Recovery
Individuals should be aware of the underlying motives of these excuses to avoid treatment. If you have a drug problem, find a good inpatient treatment program in your area and commit to seeing it through to its completion so that you can again enjoy the benefits that sobriety can bring to your life.