A frequent problem with any kind of drug rehabilitation program is setting boundaries in recovery. There are so many reasons why people can lose sight of their goals. Once these barriers are set, the hardest part is getting past them.
Boundaries must be drawn. The important thing is that they are drawn after all other options have been exhausted. With so many different plans for drug rehabilitation, one of the most common problems is moving from plan to plan without being certain where one stands.
Having specific instructions for how to begin and how to end is one way to eliminate the frustration. The problem is that no matter how clear the program may seem, there are always people who get confused and feel the need to try to do it on their own. When this happens, people usually reach a point where they will give up and go back to drug use. This often happens when they run out of patience.
People can find it hard to stick to the rules when they have given up and left the program. Another reason why many people quit rehab centers is because they no longer believe that they can be clean. They feel as if everyone else has already had a relapse and they have no place to turn.
It is always a good thing to tell others to stay out of the program. It is only going to lead to further confusion. The best thing to do when someone starts running from the program is to encourage them to stay sober and continue recovery.
Some addicts will reach a point where they will feel that they are out of help and do not know what to do. When this happens, they usually turn to friends and family for help. If one person has reached this point, they will likely need someone to take them back into the program.
Using workbooks to set the boundaries is often a useful tool to use because it allows for specific instructions on what to do next. For example, a workbook may say to hang up the phone when it rings or to call the counselor’s office when necessary. A workbook for cutting down on drugs may say to write a list of things that need to be done in order to remain sober.
Setting boundaries can be a struggle for many people. Often, people will make a mistake in judgment and allow themselves to be taken out of the program before they are ready. A good method to use when this happens is to ask friends or family for help. It is better to ask for help than to make yourself look foolish.