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I Know I Just Started, But I Don’t Feel Like I Need Treatment Anymore. What Should I Do?

man begins addiction treatment with counselor

The process of transitioning into addiction recovery is a nervewracking one, to say the least. Your life feels like it’s begun at an entirely new pace – one that you’re not sure you can even keep up with. If you’ve recently begun treatment, you may even be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions; you may feel slightly hopeful in improving your life, yet you may also feel incredibly apprehensive about moving forward with all of this because it’s such a big change. First and foremost, know that you’re not alone. A lot of people in recovery feel that way – and it’s this fear of the unknown that makes them want to hold back from taking anymore steps forward.

If you’re considering quitting treatment, the first step you need to take is to speak with your therapist about what you’re going through. They’re licensed and trained to help you navigate some of the thoughts and emotions you’re feeling – and there are certain therapy approaches they can use that won’t involve coercion, but will rather give you a safe place to decipher what decision would be best for you.

A study titled “Drop-out from Addiction Treatment: A Systematic Review of Risk Factors” sought ot explore some of the most common reasons for why people leave treatment. Let’s explore them here:

·    Difficulty forming a connection with a treatment program

·    Challenges associated with having a personality disorder

If you’re experiencing difficulties connecting with your therapist or another member of your healthcare team. Talk with someone first. It takes time to build these connections – and you don’t want to leave before you’ve given it a full chance. Mental illness can make recovery even more challenging at times, so you also want to make sure that your treatment team is fully aware that you may have a co-occurring disorder (also known as dual diagnosis) this way they can help create a more personalized plan for you.

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers an integrative and holistic approach to treat substance abuse and a wide variety of addictions, as well as underlying mental health and psychological issues. All of the addiction recovery programs offered by The Arbor are designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit leading to a lifetime of sobriety, health and wellness. If you’re ready to find healing and restoration in a peaceful, loving environment, please call us today at 844-560-7269.