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How many rehabs does it take to stop addiction?

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Asked: 2018-11-29 20:52:33
My friend has entered rehab so much I don't remember an exact number - its just a lot! is it ever going to work?


Answered: 2018-12-03 22:25:05

Shea, you must understand that addiction effects everyone differently. Little it of an overshare but I went into my first rehab for meth at 26. I have seen 7 different rehabs all with the same thoughts you had. When is it finally going to work for me. Unfortunately, the first 6 times I was never ready. And what i mean by that is simple. The first six time I wanted to stop doing meth strictly because it was bad, my family wanted me too, i ended up in jail, meth is illegal, ect, ect, ect! When I went to rehab my 7th time i realized that i wanted to be apart of my family's lives, i was so sick and tired of being sick all the time, my skin was in such bad shape, i saw death when i looked in the mirror, i was depressed because of my meth use. I mean every time i went to use i was just disgusted with myself. My point is, by the 7th time, i really wanted to get better for me, I was actually tired of the daily action of its abuse. When your friend is sick and tired of being sick all the time and actually wants to stay sober because she is missing out on life, she will stay sober. Like Riley said because Rehab works if you work it.


Answered: 2018-11-30 20:05:52

Rehab works if you work it. Cliche I know, but it's true. At first, it's hard to even want to quit but if you take the treatment seriously and get educated on addiction, your friend may realize why he or she keeps falling back into the trap of strong cravings. Treatment works as long as it's taken seriously, whether someone wants to get clean and sober or not.


Answered: 2019-02-12 23:36:56

It only takes one time. The trick is to be sure that your friend goes to rehab for at least 90 days or longer. 30 days used to be the standard but recent research has shown that in order for the program to be effective long-term, treatment needs to last at least 90 days. Look: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-long-does-drug-addiction-treatment I don't know why your friend has been to rehab so many times, but it happens. Relapsing is often a part of recovery so don't give up on your friend. He or she didn't choose to be addicted and needs your support if you have the capacity. Good luck to you both.

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