Try, Try Again, But Stay Flexible

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If you have addressed your substance abuse at a particular level of care repeatedly, and found that you are not making progress, try a different treatment. For example, a long-term residential program may not be for you if you remain abstinent for the length of your stay, but relapse shortly thereafter.

What You'll Need

  • Knowledge of the different types of treatments available for those with chemical dependencies, and a willingness to evaluate your participation and progress in treatment to date. Being willing to take action to do things differently is a critical component of treatment.

What You'll Do

  • Think long and hard about your treatments to date. What worked? What didn’t? Why? Then, seek out good, reliable information from local healthcare organizations or agencies that offer referrals to treatment. Ask questions about treatment philosophy, or practical things like the distance to the programs near you, or whether the programs that interest you have waiting lists. You’ll need to know what insurance is accepted, hours of operation, or any other concerns that come to mind. There’s no such thing as a bad question, and you should have answers to anything you want to know before jumping in.

Tips & Warnings

  • The best results in life come with being flexible, and staying open to something new when you aren’t getting the results you desire. Recognize that change doesn’t come easy, and make it your goal to do what’s best for you in the long-term, even if it’s not comfortable now. Once you decide to have another go at treatment, be the person who stands out to staff as being engaged, serious, and sincere. Interact to the extent that you get what you need, without being entitled.
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