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Why Recovering Addicts Give Up on Their Treatment.

The addiction recovery and treatment process is one of the toughest gauntlets that any affected human will ever face.Those who have not been through addiction cannot understand how tough it is to overcome the inner demons that plague the process of self-recovery.


Much of what is traumatizing a person going through addiction recovery is not only the addictive substance but also the reasons that led them to addiction in the first place. Needing to understand what these factors or demons are is an important step to getting better. However, understanding these reasons might lead to addiction recovery patients losing their foothold and losing their way.

Giving up on treatment by people who are not involved in the addiction and addiction recovery therapy, others are going to look at it as a weak and maybe fearful move.

Anyone actively involved with the addiction recovery process knows that is not true.

There are mountains of problems and issues behind the decisions to give up on their addiction recovery altogether. While the addict may not relapse and begin using again, they might not be fully recovered and be able to deal with life’s many problems.

An addict knows how difficult it is. Giving up may seem to be understandable. But it is truly not what you want to do to yourself. You have worked hard getting to the mountain, climbing it, and now you see the summit. Quitting halfway is not going to make you or anyone very happy.


The actual reasons addicts give up.

At face value, these issues and struggles are quite simple but underneath are many underlying complex emotions and emotional damage that hinders the recovery process. Let us list some of the more popular or even less so reasons why recovering addicts might leave their recovery process

Expects Fast Results

Considering the amount of work invested, in such a small amount of time, you might expect that results would start coming immediately.

The results will come in slowly, and only after a lot of hard work. When results do come, you can feel your life turning around but getting through the difficult early stages makes everyone queasy. Performing the actual work makes many recovering addicts very uneasy and can even bring them to the verge of collapse. It is almost like a joke about newcomers at the Gym. They go in, work for an hour, and expect results by the end of the day.

Of course, they are not going to get the results they are seeking unless they work long term, eat a nutritious diet, and maintain that healthy lifestyle for as long as they wish to maintain that level of health.

Even if they do temporarily discontinue their work out, their bodies will continue to reap the benefits of their healthy lifestyle. You have to get through all the steps and processes involved to unravel the long trail of problems behind you… the ones that brought you to addiction in the first place.

Addiction Recovery Patients Stop Believing in Themselves

Recovery is a long and hard process, and it is easy to find yourself overcome with emotion. One of the biggest emotions recovering addicts usually encounter is a loss in self-belief.

Though the recovering addicts, and to a larger extent the average population, may not realize it, addiction recovery is mostly an internal battle with oneself rather than the addictive substance they want to avoid. Many addicts claim that it’s not the substance but rather the emotional trauma behind all of their pain that drives them to the substance.

Breaking down this trauma is one hard journey. You are literally at war with yourself and your mind. Your mind has become complacent and allowed these emotions to seep into your very personality. Many people, even after tough work and difficult circumstances, still cannot drop all of those emotional walls that they set up as a result of years of imbalance. Because of this emotional imbalance, they may lose faith in their quest for recovery.

The most important self-recovery aspect taught in treatment is that you are a new person from the point you start bettering yourself. The past self, whatever you may have done, is part of you and in some way has led you to strive to become a better person. You must either forget or accept. Temporarily losing belief is normal. You will surely encounter a lot of roadblocks. You might feel that you are not the type of person who is equipped to deal with problems like this but you would be in for a surprise if you continuously apply yourself.

Addicts get Stuck in the Past

Addicts tend to get stuck in the past and especially dwell on traumatic experiences that got them into trouble. While it is understandable, this type of thinking is of no use. Recovering addicts feel as if the things they have done and the experiences they have been through cannot be forgiven.

The only acceptance or even forgiveness that they have to look for is from themselves. Getting stuck in the past is something that can and will hold you back constantly. It is living in the past.

Reliving those past events again and again and invoking those feelings constantly puts recovering addicts in that same negative headspace all the time. They find it harder and harder to let those memories or events go since they feel that the past defines who they are as a person right now.

But those experiences from the past can be overwritten with new events and new happenings, better choices that define you as a person from now on.

Who you are as a person is a conglomerate of all your past events. Recovering addicts find it hard to forget their past. The usual advice given to them is to build new experiences on top and make them your defining experiences.

Recovering Addicts Feel Their Problems Are Unique

A harsh way to put it would say “You ain’t special, snowflake” And it is the truth.

So many recovering addicts feel as though their problems are unique and no one has gone through what they have. That is not true at all. While individual experiences might differ, the story and the result are the same.

Anyone who is involved with the recovery process, like doctors and therapists, can tell you that they have heard the same story over and over again and the only things that change are the faces and names.

This is an important thing for recovering addicts to realize. They think that because their problem is so unique and different, the recovery process will be difficult and that doctors and therapists will be stunned by listening to their unique problems. The truth is that this is the job of these doctors and therapists, Listening and helping addicts every day, and there is little that has not already heard.

Once a recovering addict realizes that their problems are not unique, that awareness can serve as some validation. Other people have been through this and have succeeded. Seeing people with the same problems can be validating, and you may finally realize that you are not alone.

Recovering Addicts Feel Sorry for Themselves

Continual self-pity is nothing but an echo chamber where the addict is the only one present. You announce your woes to yourself, and they reinforce themselves within your mind continuously.

Doing this over and over again during the recovery process not only puts you two steps back in the process but also pulls down all the work you did to bring yourself to a respectable point.

Feeling sorry for yourself also makes everyone around you feel disgusted or just annoyed with you. No one wants to hear your sob story, and certainly, no one who is helping you wants to hear one.

A person helping you feels as if though the work they are doing in helping you recover is falling on deaf ears.

Resisting Change

Change arrives when you work towards bettering yourself. Accepting that change and allowing it to change your life is an important step in the recovery process. It is surprising how many people do not want to let that change infiltrate their lives.

It is, as they say, old habits die hard, and that holds true for recovering addicts. They have built themselves a cave of comfort where they have spent a lot of time, and when the time comes to emerge from this shelter, recovering addicts find themselves at a loss. They never thought that “change” would physically affect them. They thought it was just a thing that therapists or doctors said, a buzzword of sorts.

In a recovering addict's mind, it is always other people and other circumstances that have to rectify themselves. Accepting responsibility can be difficult. This is a horrible attitude towards life in general. Fortunately, not all recovering addicts have this mindset, but the ones who give up on recovery are the ones that do.


Failure and Turning Back

Failure is an excellent opportunity to learn what you did wrong and avoid it in the future. Many recovering addicts, when they fail, take it as defeat and immediately relapse into old habits and sometimes relapse into abusing their addictive substances again. Failure is a chance to learn. You may fail 100 times or even a 1000 times. But now you have 1000 new learning experiences and know how to avoid mistakes.

Unfortunately, recovering addicts who fail and drop out of recovery see failure as validation for their doubts and let themselves drop.

Are you thinking about giving up on your recovery program?

Watch for these negative triggers that could cause you to make that disastrous decision:

  1. Expecting Fast results.  Don’t rush it… recovery takes time.

  2. Lack of Self-belief. Learn to trust and believe in yourself.

  3. Living in the past. Look forward… think about what’s ahead.

  4. Unique. You are not alone, and your problem is not unique.

  5. Feel sorry. (self-pity) Get out of yourself and into your program.

  6. Resist change. Don’t fight it… go with the changes.

  7. Failure. Everyone fails at one time or another. It’s part of learning.

Do you need help with staying with your Addiction Recovery program or treatment?

If you want to understand your doubts and discuss staying with your recovery program, you can get in touch with the Hotline at our Recovery Center where trained and experienced professionals are available to assist you in every way.

The staff at Chateau Recovery is always available to help you with your questions regarding addiction recovery and treatment.  Call anytime.

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Midway, UT 84049, USA

If you or someone you love has questions concerning the rehabilitation process, call our free helpline Phone: +1 888-971-2986 for more information. Calls are always confidential, private, and secure.

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