Undergoing inpatient treatment for a substance abuse disorder is perhaps one of the most courageous steps that a person can take towards their recovery. Unfortunately, many find themselves compromising their sobriety by leaving their program earlier than intended. Recovery often doesn’t come easy, and the side effects associated with withdrawal can discourage patients and cause them to withdraw prematurely. Knowing the consequences associated with leaving rehabilitation programs early can help in recognizing why it is vital to complete your program in full.
Most of us are familiar with the potential dangers associated with initial drug withdrawal, but there is also a phenomena related to the symptoms that patients experience after the detoxification period is over. This is called Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), and it relates to symptoms that occur further into the recovery process. Those who are experiencing PAWS may find themselves irritable, anxious, and fatigued. These unwanted feelings can often lead to emotional outbursts and feelings of isolation that persuade the individual to stop treatment abruptly. Unfortunately, conforming to these thoughts and leaving prematurely can lead to an immediate relapse. Being transparent about these symptoms with a trained therapist in the rehabilitation setting can help work through these emotions effectively, allowing the individual to stay and successfully complete their program.
The Dangers Can Be Imminent
Those who leave their inpatient rehabilitation program early do not just have to worry about the dramatic increase in relapse risk. When someone leaves prematurely during the detoxification process, the results can be fatal. The withdrawals associated with many substances can lead to dangerous conditions such as seizures, heart attacks, or strokes. Leaving before your body has a chance to adequately cleanse itself in a supervised setting can unfortunately put your body at risk for these severe implications. Detoxing in a professional environment that is staffed with an experienced medical team is essential in ensuring that your detox goes as comfortably and as safely as possible.
Reputable rehabilitation facilities offer extensive therapeutic services such as group and individual therapy, specialized sessions, and even services such as biofeedback and neurofeedback. Allowing these services to play their role in your recovery throughout the recommended time frame is critical in your long-term sobriety. Processing through the uncomfortable physical and emotional side effects of withdrawal will give you the proper skills and tools to maintain sobriety in the future. Call one of our counselors at 833-610-1174.