Plenty of men and women attend rehab time and time again thinking that “this will be my last time”, but upon leaving they find themselves using again sooner or later. After so many times they may begin wondering if rehab really works or are they just really messed up? They wonder how many times is too many for rehab?
There is not really a correct answer for this question. It might take one person five times in rehab to get clean and stay clean. It might take someone else twelve times in 8 years to finally make the break from addiction. It’s not so much about “failing”. There are various factors involved when it comes to who will get clean and when. In fact, learning to live without alcohol or drugs is not as easy for one as it may be another.
It’s not always easy to change behavior. Think about how many times you tried to do something before you actually got it. Rehab is a time of learning and it is never a waste of time. The things you learn at that visit in rehab will help you at some point in your life. Growth is a progress and as the old saying goes, recovery is a process and not perfection.
Rehab is absolutely necessary for some people to stop drinking or drugging. They usually come in willing to stop but just can’t do it on their own. They need help, encouragement, support, and information on how they can leave rehab and live life without substances. It’s not always easy to leave rehab and go back into the same environment and stay clean. This is why many people relapse and find themselves headed back to rehab.
I know a man who is in his 40s and he has been in rehab more times than he can keep track of. He just hit 50 days clean coming out of his last rehab. He doesn’t understand why he relapses so often and he could just give up and say “No more rehab. I’m just a loser. I’ll never get it” but he doesn’t. If he falls, he gets back up, dusts himself off, and manages to get himself back to rehab. Even if he goes to rehab 20 times and then finally gets clean and stays clean the rest of his life, it was all worth it- none of it was a waste of time. Persistency matters when it comes to breaking the addiction cycle.
The process of healing
Rehab is a great place for men and women to gain enough clarity sober to begin working on healing mentally and perhaps physically. Emotional wounds and pain are often a big factor in an addict’s desire to use drugs or alcohol, so if they can progress in facing and processing such, they are more apt to stay clean once they leave rehab. Each rehab visit allows more healing to take place and is a factor in the ultimate success of each individual.
You cannot fail at rehab. No matter how many times you find yourself in rehab, all visits are contributing to your sobriety and abundant living. If you’re ready to try or return to rehab, call Pat Moore Foundation 24/7 for more information.
Written by Dominica A.