If you’ve been engaging in a treatment program for a few weeks and have not found it to be helpful in your journey to recovery, you must first ensure the treatment center you’re with is reputable and accredited. Do they have professionals with a proven track record of excellence? Are they accredited by the Joint Commission? The Joint Commission is an independent non-profit organization that regularly assesses organizations in hopes of raising the bar for excellent treatment care standards. Have you felt truly cared for in your program, and does your program seek to address many issues that you’re experiencing in life or just one diagnosed disorder? Part of success in treatment is getting assistance not just with an addiction or mental illness, but in other areas of life that are affected by them. There are many questions you want to consider, but these are a great start.
If you’ve given it some thought and believe you are in the right treatment program but haven’t genuinely connected with your healthcare team or the treatment material, it’s important you speak with someone from your treatment center about this. A 2018 study titled “Drop-out from Addiction Treatment: A Systematic Review of Risk Factors” analyzed 122 studies involving 199,331 participants and found the following as the most consistent risk factors for drop outs:
- Cognitive deficits – prefrontal cortex (responsible for decision making, personality expression and more) damage, memory, attention, abstract reasoning, verbal skills
- Low treatment alliance – complex interactions between therapist and client, therapist characteristics or actions, etc.
- Personality disorder – impulsivity, poor emotional response regulation, low frustration tolerance, excitement seeking, problems in attaining long-term goals, etc.
- Younger age – prone to risk taking and impulsivity, prefrontal cortex development is still taking place
If any of these factors pertain to you, it is important that you reconsider your decision to leave treatment and speak with someone from your treatment center to see what can be done to better assist you. At times, symptoms of a disorder or something as simple as your age can significantly impact your mindset on treatment; you may feel as though you’re better off or that you don’t really need it, even when you do. Speaking with a therapist is a wonderful way to identify the pros and cons of leaving your program to determine what’s best for your happiness and health.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.