Getting a loved one into rehab can be tough, a nearly impossible feeling, and then you experience such a sense of relief: hope and help are finally possible! So then, if your loved one begs to leave rehab, what do you do?
You can stay strong when a loved one begs to leave rehab. Here are some of the main reasons that might happen, and what to do about it.
Identifying why a loved one wants to leave early can help you best address it. Fortunately, studies have been done that name both common reasons and possible solutions. You can help by applying these solutions.
Supporting an addicted family member through rehab can be challenging. Family members themselves need support networks. But your support of your family member during rehab, even just a friendly and social support of the activity itself, can make a difference in the outcome.
It may also help to know the dangers of leaving rehab early. The risk of accidental overdose is higher immediately after rehab. For those who don’t complete rehab, and therefore leave in the middle of a detox or other action, the risk may be even higher. Those who leave rehab early may have an unrealistic self-view of having “everything under control”—the very mindset that was a danger during substance abuse and can lead to increased risk-taking.
So even if a loved one begs to leave rehab, even if the “reasons” sound very confusing, such a move could be very dangerous.
Instead, reach out to the facility directly. Tell them what your loved one is saying. Apply the solutions to the common problems listed above, or ask for advice to identify and tackle the situation presenting itself.
You can get the help you need to help your loved one, and stop the cycle of addiction.