Alcoholism is a disease that is unlike any other. It is not a disease like diabetes or heart disease, where the treatment to cure or manage the disease is definitive and universal. Recovery is an extensive process that is full of emotions, readjustment, and learning through trial and error.
The Temptation to Leave Rehab
Most people who are suffering from alcoholism turn to rehabilitation centers to start the recovery process. If you are suffering from alcoholism, you have most likely considered an inpatient rehabilitation center. However, once you enter a rehabilitation center, the temptation to leave may rise. There are several common reasons why you would want to leave an alcohol rehab.
- You may have not wanted to go to rehab in the first place; you may only be there due to coercion or obligation from family, friends, child protective services, work, etc.
- Your withdrawal symptoms are seemingly unbearable, and you know they will be alleviated if you drink.
- You may feel uncertain and fearful about recovery because the thought of never relying on alcohol again may be overwhelming.
- You may want to try to get into recovery on your own.
- You may feel like you do not fit in with the other clients at the rehab center.
- You may leave out of anger.
- The reality of rehab and recovery did not meet your preconceived ideas.
These reasons may make it very tempting for you give into the desire to leave rehab. However, you should never let temporary feelings drive you to make permanent decisions. If you are progressed far enough into your addiction, your next episode of binge drinking may be your last one. Procrastinating receiving proper treatment will only make getting into recovery more difficult down the road if you are in the earlier stages of your addiction.
Relapse is a Part of Recovery for Some
Recovery is a microcosm of overall life. Just as you learn from trial and error in overall life, you can learn from trial and error in recovery. However, in recovery, trial and error is known as “relapse”. Contrary to popular belief, relapse is not a sign of failure. Regardless of the number of relapses you have, relapse does not mean you will never achieve lifelong recovery Relapse is merely a part of the recovery process for some. If you relapse, you will have the opportunity to learn from that relapse. For example, if you relapse because your significant other broke up with you, that relapse will teach you that you need to work on coping with disappointment. The next time you feel disappointed when someone fails you or something does not work out in your favor, you will know a better is solution to call your sponsor and/or turn your disappointment into enthusiasm for something better coming your way in the future.
Relapse is like a pharmaceutical medication. While it may have many benefits, it also carries risks. Though relapse is a normal part of recovery for some, it should never be viewed as a necessary part of recovery because there are serious risks that are associated with it.
- There is no guarantee you will be able to stop using again once you have started back up.
- Addiction is a progressive disease. Relapse has the potential to ignite the progression of your addiction. If you descend deeper into the depths of addiction, achieving recovery will be harder the next time around.
- Drugs and alcohol are dangerous. If you relapse, you may overdose, which may lead to death, or develop an irreversible condition such as cirrhosis of the liver, HIV, etc.
The road to recovery is not the same for everyone. Some people achieve lifelong recovery without ever relapsing; some people achieve lifelong recovery after relapsing once; and other people achieve lifelong recovery after relapsing multiple times. You should put your best effort into achieving lifelong recovery on your attempt because you will be able to build a new life for yourself at a faster rate. If you are able to achieve lifelong recovery on your first attempt, you will be avoiding the risks associated with relapse. It is strongly recommended that you discuss and practice relapse prevention techniques with your counselor and/or support group.
The Result of Leaving an Alcohol Rehab
Leaving an alcohol rehab is never recommended. Leaving rehab before the program is completed and/or against the advice of your counselors is a form of self-sabotage because you will most likely relapse. Entering a rehabilitation center is a major step in progress; therefore, leaving a rehabilitation center is derailing your own progress. Leaving rehab early is detrimental to your recovery for several reasons.
- You will not have the tools to properly transition back to your everyday life, where relapse triggers are waiting for you.
- The anger that propelled you to leave rehab may also propel you to make the irrational decision to drink since alcohol is now readily available to you.
- Relapsing will lower your belief in your own ability to liberate yourself from alcoholism, which will make it even more challenging to get into recovery again.
- You may use your recent negative experience in rehab as a justification to not attempting getting into recovery again.
- The fact that you left rehab early will discourage your friends and family members who are active in their addiction to seek help, which will create an unhealthy environment for you. If you are living in an environment where those around you are actively using and are resistant to seeking help, it will be harder for you to seek help.
- Your loved ones will be discouraged by you leaving rehab, which may make them hesitant to help you get into rehab again.
If you are contemplating leaving an alcohol rehab center, you need to take into account the short-term versus the long-term. In the short term, you may be in pain from alcohol withdrawal or disappointed that the rehab center did not meet your expectations. However, if you choose to stay in rehab, you will reap the long-term benefits of recovery such as being liberated from alcoholism, developing a more positive perspective on life, learning new coping skills, and being able to be more productive. All of the long-term benefits of recovery will contribute to you living a more fulfilling life.
It is imperative for you to be able to articulate your reasons behind wanting to leave rehab. Once you can articulate your reasons, you should bring them to the attention of a counselor at your rehab, who can help you with whatever issues that are hindering you from wanting to continue treatment. There are no valid reasons behind wanting to leave rehab; there are only solvable issues behind wanting to leave rehab. Just Believe Recovery Center in Carbondale, Pennsylvania is committed to helping you with your issues relating to addiction treatment; call us today at 888-380-0342