Should I Go Back to Rehab?
Perhaps you're in a rough spot, whether worrying about staying clean in the future, fighting off urges, or resuming your drug abuse. It takes much work, and often several therapy sessions, for many individuals in recovery to remain clean. There's no need to feel guilty about it. You most likely need to return to treatment if you're debating it. If you're having trouble deciding whether or not to join rehab again, however, we'll go over some of the potential issues you should keep in mind.
How Do We Define a Relapse?
The roots of relapse lie not in external circumstances but rather in the individual's thoughts and perceptions. Your mind gives you the green light to stop going to group sessions or therapy, withdraw from friends and family, and stop taking care of yourself. You may not be planning to drink or use drugs right now, but if negative thoughts keep bringing you back to old habits, you'll find any number of reasons to start using again.
When you or your mental health professional detect the early warning signs of a relapse, you may take steps to prevent a full resumption of substance misuse. This is only one of many reasons why it's important, throughout your time of healing, to be completely transparent in all your interactions.
Your best potential of noticing and preventing a relapse before returning to serious addiction is to be truthful with other people and avoid engaging in denials. This will provide you with the ability to detect and stop that setback.
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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.
What To Ask Yourself Before Determining If You Need To Return To Rehab
Returning to rehab after a breakdown is a personal decision; however, there are some things everyone should consider.
How Much Will It Cost You To Go To Rehab?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer for how much rehab will cost. Most rehab facilities do not charge patients on a sliding scale based on their income. That being said, the cost of rehab can vary wildly. It is essential to make sure you have adequate insurance coverage before entering treatment, as the financial burden of recovery may be more than you can handle.
However, some factors will determine the cost of rehab. The first is the type of facility you choose. Private facilities tend to cost more than public rehab centers. Public facilities often offer sliding-scale rates for low-income individuals. Rehab centers may also differ in the amenities they offer. Some offer luxurious accommodations, while others provide less luxurious surroundings.
There are also other factors you should consider when looking at the cost of rehab, such as the duration of the program and the length of aftercare. Aftercare services can range in price depending on the level of service required. If you decide to return to your hometown after rehab, this will typically cost less than going to a distant city.
Are You Weighing Your Rehab Choices Thoughtfully?
You should also consider where you would move if you needed to return to rehabilitation for another stint. Did you have a good experience at the last place you visited? Did that help you, or do you wish you'd had more options? The decision to return to rehab requires you to make sacrifices, but you'll be glad you did when you get to the end of your process.
Your doctor or counselor can help determine what to look for and how to recognize signs of an impending relapse. Also, please don't hesitate to call your previous treatment center's admissions coordinator to determine their guidelines before deciding where to go next.
A few simple questions to consider when you're planning your next rehab stay include:
What kind of facilities are available?
Which type of rehab do I need?
How long will the treatment be?
How much will this cost me? (as discussed earlier)
When do I return home?
Are You Receptive to Other Opinions?
The people close to you may better grasp your present condition than you do. They can offer insight that will help you determine whether or not you should return to rehab. They can also be a source of strength and support if you're ready for recovery. You shouldn't return to rehab if you feel there is no reason to do so. If your friends think there is a good reason for you to return to treatment, they may give you a more honest appraisal of your situation.
Is Going Back to Rehab the Only Option After a Relapse?
Following a relapse, returning to treatment isn't necessary for everyone. However, getting back into weekly therapy or consultations may help you overcome your ongoing difficulty. You may need to contact your support network and attend events more regularly. Joining a support group might help you feel less alone in your quest for sobriety and provide you with a network of people who understand what you're going through.
People who have relapsed and are seeking to get their lives back to normal might choose from various therapy approaches.
Outpatient treatment may be needed to end the recurrence pattern if the patient comes from a supportive family and has a stable living situation at home. In addition, some rehabilitation centers provide booster sessions, which may be helpful for those who have reverted after receiving care.
These brief outpatient treatments may be beneficial in many ways, including avoiding the need to enter a more extensive rehabilitation facility. This follow-up service may be provided to you by the rehabilitation program that you first attended, or a nearby treatment facility may be able to offer these sessions to you.
It's best to enroll in an inpatient care plan if you don't have a stable home environment or believe you can't stop the loop of relapse on your own. Inpatient care may be the best option if you have waited more than a year since your previous treatment.
Suppose you've gone through significant transformations after completing rehab the first time. In that case, you may require a more robust treatment program to help you remember and implement the principles you learned there.
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