Drug rehabilitation programs are not foolproof. Why does a drug rehabilitation program fail? These are the basic reasons.
1. Not carefully planned rehabilitation programs. Programs must fit the unique needs of every individual seeking treatment. The programs must follow general guidelines that have been tested and proven to work for many past patients, but must also also consider the special needs and circumstances of every new patient.
2. Incompetent rehabilitation facility and facilitators. The success of rehabilitation programs heavily rely on how experienced and competent the facilitators and their working tools are. They will guide the patients on the road to recovery and their role is thus very critical.
3. Patient’s weak resolve to undergo treatment. No matter how carefully the program was planned and how competent the program facilitators are, it can fail if the patient himself is not willing to seek help. It is important for the patient to recognize the problem and work towards his full recovery. However, a patient’s willingness to undergo treatment is not a requirement. A drug abuser’s decision-making process may be impaired, and the intervention by family, friends or other groups will be very important.
4. Lack of support from family and friends. In this crucial time, the drug abuser would need all the support he can get. He will not be able to hold strongly to the program if he sees that not all family members or friends find the treatment useful or needed. A support group, composed of family members and friends, united to help the patient overcome drug abuse will be very helpful.