5 Reasons Rehab Cannot Help You

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Why does rehab not work for some people?

Unfortunately, rehab doesn’t always work. That doesn’t mean that it’s not worth trying, but there are several things to be aware of before enrolling in help at a facility for alcohol abuse.

Social, economic, genetic, psychological, and biological conditions point to risk factors and possible challenges, but they do not have to—nor should they dictate anyone's future. Ultimately, a risk factor is not the cause of addiction or relapse. This is one reason many people do not succeed in rehab.

1) The Rehab Clinic It’s Too Far Away

Compared to what? Your long term sobriety? Sorry to be so challenging.

But if it’s your recovery from addiction .v. convenience here, then we need to focus on the long term value you’re going to get from the rehab process, not just if it’s next door.

This means asking intelligent questions, regardless of location, like: 

  • What’s the total occupancy in the clinic?
  • Will, that provide enough personal attention?
  • How many will I be in therapy with?
  • Is the detox specific to my needs?
  • What’s the aftercare planning?

The answers to these questions can determine long term success. Finding the right clinic with the right combination of care for you personally is critical.   Please don’t sacrifice your sobriety, and future quality of life, for the sake of an extra 30 minutes drive.

2) Help Is Not Available

Help IS available. No matter how damaged you feel, how dysfunctional your situation, how much substance you need to function… the help to understand addiction, how it functions, and how to overcome it – IS available.

The support you need, whether family or therapists, friends, others in recovery, meetings, etc, is there for the taking.

You are not unhelpable, and you deserve just as much support as anyone else in life.

An alcohol rehab programme will provide aftercare supports like these, personalised to your needs. Don’t accept less.


3) I’ve Tried Rehab, It Doesn’t Work

Relapsing is not uncommon.

In fact, those who have relapsed for 1 of 1000 reasons are far more likely to succeed – they know the triggers, their rewards, their patterns, their reasons, much more deeply than others, and are often much more vocal about what problems to focus on therapeutically, next time around.

Long term rehabilitation takes practice.

It’s a team sport. We’re changing into a complete recovery mindset.

And that takes time, and support. 

The fact that a particular trigger, situation, or emotional association wasn’t fully resolved last time doesn’t mean the whole process is broken.

Resolving to understand deeper, even better this time around can be the pathway to long term recovery success.


4) It’s Too Expensive

Private treatment inevitably has costs attached. but the benefits to your health and long term recovery, are multiple.

How good will you feel in 3 months time, knowing you took the action you needed to….took the responsibility, got your life back on track?

In 6 months time? In 5 years?   And, there is no substitute for fast admission, fully supervised detox, and comprehensive therapeutic help from specialists in addiction.

In a private clinic, you have access to the specialist help you need.

Personal therapeutic attention from support workers. Aftercare planning custom to you.

These options can’t be replicated externally, but do come with a price tag.  

Have you asked about shared rooms?

Reduced stay duration? Finance options?  

Multiple options are available, and most clinics will work flexibly to arrive at a solution that works for you personally.

If they won’t… we will.

Get the full options on alcohol rehab costs.


5) I Don’t Deserve To Be Helped

Really? How do you know? What events led you to that conclusion?

Are they the *only* truth about what happened?   …Or just one version of events?

What happened the last time you *were* deserving?  

Could there be any upsides to holding on to this addiction? Be honest.

You deserve the help just as much as me or anyone else on the planet.

Let’s get started.

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About the author

Laura Morris

Laura Morris is an experienced clinical practitioner and CQC Registered Manager with over twenty years experience, over ten of which have been as an Independent Nurse Prescriber.

She has held a number of senior leadership roles in the substance use and mental health sector in the NHS, the prison service and in leading social enterprises in the field.

Last Updated: October 31, 2023