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Does drug rehab guarantee sobriety?

Does drug rehab guarantee sobriety?

Drug rehab is the place people go to get their lives straightened out. Every addict and alcoholic makes a mess of their life and then needs something to help them begin to change and in a lot of cases start over. Usually when they want to change their life, an addict and alcoholic will attend a drug rehab to begin the process.

Unfortunately multiple addicts and alcoholics think that a drug rehab can guarantee sobriety or that if they attend drug rehab they will simply be cured. This is not the case. No one and nothing can guarantee sobriety. Sobriety is achieved on a day to day basis and consists of a lifestyle change that cannot simply be achieved by merely attending rehab then going back to life as usual.

A good drug rehab won’t guarantee sobriety merely due to the attendance of their program because they know the statistics when it comes to alcoholic addicts relapsing. In fact the relapse rates for those with an addiction are very high; about 50 to 90%. This means that over half of the people who attend drug rehab will end up relapsing. Usually the people who end up relapsing are unwilling to do anything that is suggested they do after drug rehab. And a drug rehab cannot guarantee sobriety because it is not up to the drug rehab whether or not an individual takes the action to stay sober;  it is solely up to the individual.

A drug rehab can guarantee sobriety if an individual can guarantee they are going to follow their recovery plan and put into action every little suggestion offered by the therapists, techs, and staff at their rehab.

For instance, most drug rehabs suggest that a patient go to a halfway house after their time at drug rehab is over. Drug rehabs also suggest things such as life coaching, going to 12 step meetings, getting a sponsor, and working the steps with that sponsor, they recommend staying out of relationships for a whole year and more. If it was guaranteed that every individual who attended drug rehab would do all these things and put 100% effort into it than it would be 100% guaranteed that they would stay sober. Yet, even then the individual has to continue to do those things every day. The things that are done today won’t keep an addict and alcoholic sober tomorrow. Sobriety is guaranteed when there is some kind of action taken every day to improve it. If an individual isn’t progressing in their recovery in some way, by taking action, sponsoring, going to meetings, meeting with a life coach, etc., then they are moving towards relapse. This is the cold hard truth. Even then if an addict chooses to only do the parts they want to do and not take the suggestions they think are too hard then they may end up relapsing.

An addict and alcoholic has to be willing to do whatever its going to take to stay sober and put 100% effort into it. Without that 100% effort on their part there is no 100% guarantee by any rehab that anyone will stay sober much less stay sober for the rest of their lives. What drug rehab can guarantee, is that each individual will get medical care, tools, suggestion and help they need to continue on with their sobriety for the rest of their life so if they choose to take action every day to stay sober they can do so.

Sobriety is a design for living. Staying sober isn’t a goal that is achieved it’s a way of life, an attitude, a character, a perception, a lifestyle. No one can guarantee something that has to grow every day because no one can predict what someone may do or not do for their sobriety tomorrow. The truth is we all have 24 hours clean and have to continuously improve upon that clean time in order to have any guarantee of sobriety.

If your loved one is in need of drug or alcohol addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

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