Top 5 Reasons Addiction Treatment Fails

Why treatment sometimes fails and how to overcome them

There are many challenges to achieving long lasting recovery. In a video released by addiction professional Keenan Diamond (video here), 5 of the biggest reasons addiction treatment fails is laid out.

Reason #1 – Program is Too Short

Often times rehabilitationis too short. 28 or 30 day rehab centers can only go so far in stabilizing a person’s substance abuse addiction.

Our Masters Camp is a 90 day addiction recovery center based on Christian principles. The reason that the program is 90 days is that we believe anything shorter than this amount time is inadequate. It is even common for program participants to stay on past the 90 day point.

Reason #2 – Lack of Transitional Planning

The second reason is he explains is that there is a lack of transition planning for when the inpatient or in-house treatment is terminated.  Without a plan for what comes after rehabilitation, many go back to the same temptations, behaviors and lifestyles they had before treatment.

Our Masters camp offers all program graduates the opportunity to either stay on longer at the center or participate in a transition program that is facilitated by Providence Ministries of Dalton Georgia. Learn more about our transition programs here.

Reason #3 – Not Utilizing 12 Steps Programs

The third reason he explains is a lack of engagement in a 12 step program.  A 12 step program is essentially a fundamental maintenance program for sobriety that can be realistically applied in the “outside of treatment world.”

At Our Masters Camp, 12 step style meetings and step work are incorporated into our program. Although it is more of an introduction at this point, the groundwork is set for when they do go back to their normal lives or into our transitional living program.

Reason #4 – Lack of Willingness to Accept and Work Recovery

The idea of willingness revolves around accepting your condition of being a person who struggles with an addiction, and having the willingness to also accept the prescribed treatments as a way to arrest the condition. Willingness is also about accepting that recovery really is hard work… though it does get easier as time goes by.

Reason #5 Family Doesn’t Get Their Own Treatment

The fifth reason is in regards to the family of the person struggling with addiction. As many of us already know, addiction doesn’t just hurt the addicted person themselves, it’s also extremely destructive to the friends and family members of the addicted.

Our Masters Camp believes very strongly in incorporating the entire family into the recovery process if possible. Family members that truly want to help end the addiction cycle of their loved need to learn how to stop enabling their loved one's habit. It's a hard and not fair truth, but they need to heal too, and there are tools and meetings available to help them do that.

In Conclusion

The Top 5 Reasons Treatment Fails Are:

  1. Treatment Program is Too Short in Length of Time
  2. The Center Or Participant Doesn’t Plan Out a Transitional Process
  3. 12 Steps Meetings and Processes are Under Utilized
  4. Lack of Willingness
  5. Family Needs to Get Heal But Doesn’t Know It or Doesn’t Know How

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, we invite you to give us a call at 423-447-2340 to learn more.

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