Does Treatment Work When the Addict is Forced To Go?

March 14, 2008

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Some people have the belief that addiction treatment won’t work if the addict is forced to go. They think that in order for the individual to recover, they must have the motivation to get better. Addiction recovery is a lot of work, and many people relapse after they leave rehab. However, studies show that this theory isn’t necessarily true.

Perhaps the biggest reason why people go through treatment multiple times and continue to relapse is because they’re choosing the wrong rehab facilities. There are a wide variety of treatment methods out there for alcohol and drug addiction. Simply put, not every one works for every person. Research is required to make sure that the individual will get the help that is needed at a specific treatment center.

When people are forced to enter into rehab against their will, it is often because it was court-ordered for them to get addiction treatment. Many addicts are very against this, but they go to stay out of jail. According to the research, this is a rather effective method of getting people into addiction recovery and having successful results. Addicts may not have the motivation when they get to the treatment center, but many of them have changed their minds before the program is over.

The key to rehab being successful is more about the length of time spent there, rather than the initial motivation to get better on the day they checked in. People who spend a full 90 days in a residential rehab facility are much more likely to recover without frequent relapse than those who leave earlier, regardless of why or how they got there in the first place. Motivation is indeed an important part of addiction recovery, but it seems that some addicts gain the motivation in the middle of a program.

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