April 17, 2024

5 Rehab Mistakes: Common Client Mistakes Made in Rehab

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Addiction (substance use disorder) is a chronic but treatable condition. As long as you are able to set yourself up for success and avoid common mistakes, you should be able to make serious progress toward the goal of long-term sobriety. 

Common Mistakes Made in Rehab

Everyone has a unique experience of addiction and recovery, although some common rehab mistakes can disrupt or derail the process. Let’s learn a bit more about these mistakes and what you can do to avoid them. 

Here are 5 common client mistakes made in rehab: 

1) Thinking You Can Detox at Home

One of the most common and potentially life-threatening rehab mistakes is attempting to detox at home rather than engaging with a supervised medical detox program. 

When someone is physically dependent on drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications, they will experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation. Withdrawal from alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines can trigger fatal outcomes without close supervision. 

By choosing medical detox, people with physical drug or alcohol dependence can safely and comfortably overcome withdrawal during the early stages of recovery. They can also benefit from continuous emotional and clinical care, mitigating complications and relapse.

2) Overlooking Co-Occurring Disorders

Substance use disorders frequently co-occur with mental health disorders like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, and depression. This can cause a vicious cycle as both the addiction and mental health components will feed off each other. 

The best rehabs offer comprehensive initial assessments to help identify any co-occurring mental health disorders. They also offer targeted and integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders to treat both problems simultaneously through dual diagnosis. 

It’s especially important for those who are self-medicating symptoms of mental health disorders with addictive substances. Self-medication does nothing to address the underpinning issues and delivers only fleeting relief, while causing the user to spiral further down into addiction. 

3) Comparing Your Journey to Others

All addictions can be classified as mild to severe. Beyond this, everyone has completely different backgrounds and circumstances, meaning that it’s futile for someone to compare their recovery journey to that of others. 

Peer support can be invaluable during the recovery process, whether in group therapy sessions or peer support group settings. Instead of playing the comparison game, though, it’s much more effective for people to seek accountability, encouragement, and coping techniques from peers at rehab. They may also form part of an ongoing sober support network.

4) Not Having a Relapse Prevention Plan

Research shows that relapse rates of addiction mirror those of other chronic conditions. It’s estimated that 40% to 60% of those who go to rehab will relapse at least once during their ongoing recovery journeys. 

Relapse is, for many people, a common part of the recovery process. It does not signify failure or a lack of effort. Rather, it suggests that adjustments to the treatment plan may be required.

All effective addiction treatment incorporates a solid aftercare component. The unique nature of all substance use disorders and personal variables mean that aftercare is different for everyone. Options include ongoing outpatient therapy, participation in support groups like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous), or sober living arrangements.

5) Thinking the Work is Done After Rehab

Recovery from addiction is not a quick fix and the process does not finish when someone leaves rehab. Indeed, many people find that stepping down to a less intensive level of care makes the transition to sober living smoother.

Not everyone attends peer support group meetings after rehab, although many people find this helps them to stay on track, especially in the early stages.

To thrive rather than simply survive in sobriety usually involves a person becoming aware of their triggers for substance use, developing and utilizing healthy coping mechanisms, focusing on healthy lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and exercising regularly.

Recovery is something that you will have to work on each and every day at in order to maintain the goal of long-term sobriety.

Get Addiction Treatment Help at Gratitude Lodge

Begin your recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism at Gratitude Lodge in Southern California. We can help you from detox to discharge and beyond when you receive treatment at one of our centers in Long Beach or Newport Beach, CA. 

Supervised medical detox enables you to move beyond physical dependence on drugs or alcohol, streamlining the withdrawal process. 

When you’re ready to commit to sustained recovery from addiction, call 800-994-2184 for effective rehab in Southern California.

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Joe Gilmore

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Joseph Gilmore has been working in the addiction industry for half a decade and has been writing about addiction and substance abuse treatment during that time. He has experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.
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Jenni Busse MS, LPCC

Jenni Busse MS, LPSS is the Clinical Director at Gratitude Lodge. Jenni oversees the clinical program and the clinical team at Gratitude Lodge as a whole. Jenni has worked in treatment for almost 14 years. Her background as a licensed therapist and her passion for helping others intersected with addiction recovery when she started working primarily in detox residential treatment.

Drug detox can vary according to the patient’s addiction factors, including the substance abused, how long the addiction has lasted, the patient’s medical condition, if any other disorders are present, and more. Our skilled and credentialed team at Gratitude Lodge work closely with every patient going through drug detox, facilitating the beginnings of a successful recovery at our rehab addiction centers in Orange County, CA.

Drug detox can vary according to the patient’s addiction factors, including the substance abused, how long the addiction has lasted, the patient’s medical condition, if any other disorders are present, and more. Our skilled and credentialed team at Gratitude Lodge work closely with every patient going through drug detox.

Many patients don’t realize the toxicity of prolonged alcohol abuse and how it affects the body. Alcohol detox at the luxurious rehab addiction centers at Gratitude Lodge leeches your body of these toxins in preparation for successful treatment for drugs and alcohol abuse. Alcohol detox may not take as long or produce severe withdrawal symptoms, but it is still an essential beginning to your recovery.

Many patients don’t realize the toxicity of prolonged alcohol abuse and how it affects the body. Alcohol detox at the luxurious rehab addiction centers at Gratitude Lodge leeches your body of these toxins in preparation for successful treatment for drugs and alcohol abuse.
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Holistic Therapy

Our holistic therapy treatments offer a full-scope approach to recovery, addressing your mind, body, and emotions as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. This therapy is designed to help address underlying issues and integrate alternative therapies to promote overall health and well-being.
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Psychotherapy

An essential part of your treatment experience, we offer individual (CBT and DBT talk therapy) and group addiction treatment counseling to help you explore and address the emotional component of addiction, providing you with the tools, self-awareness, and empowerment you need to maintain recovery.
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Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis is a highly effective addiction treatment that addresses substance use and mental health disorders simultaneously. Often co-occurring, these disorders are best managed when treated together with specific and targeted therapy.
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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-Assisted Treatment provides you with FDA-approved medications to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal while you’re in treatment. This makes the detox process easier and safer, as well as increasing the chances of a successful recovery.
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Sober Living

Sober living provides a supportive and substance-free living environment for your ongoing recovery. We partner with a number of upscale and carefully vetted sober living homes that are available to our clients after inpatient alcohol and drug addiction treatment.
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Outpatient Treatment

Once detox and inpatient are complete, we provide an easy transition to outpatient care through our hand-selected partners. This program offers a more flexible approach, allowing you to ease back in to daily life while still receiving frequent & effective care.
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Treatment

Inpatient treatment provides an intensive and comprehensive addiction treatment program in a structured environment. You will receive 24/7 expert care, therapy, and support as you build your foundation for long-term recovery.
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Drug & Alcohol Detox

A crucial first step in the recovery process, our detox program provides a comfortable, medically supervised environment that addresses the physical aspect of addiction and eliminates substances from your body.

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