There are many reasons why people fail to seek addiction treatment. They include denial, cost concerns, health, family and other responsibilities, lack of encouragement and the list goes on. Among those who do receive help, only a very small proportion are successful in becoming sober or clean, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For many people, denial is a huge stumbling block and a major reason why so many fail to seek help to overcome a substance use problem. Not being able to accept that they have a problem with alcohol or drugs, convincing themselves that it isn't as bad as some people claim, or deciding to do something about it "later," are all common forms of denial.
Sometimes people fail to seek addiction treatment because they donâ€™t think that they can change their life due to past experiences with alcohol or drug treatment. After being told that they cannot change their behaviors with substance, people often feel a sense of hopelessness. Addiction treatment often times promotes relapse as a normal part of recovery.
Sometimes people fail to seek addiction treatment because they donâ€™t think that they can change their lifedue to past experiences with alcohol or drug treatment. After being told that they cannot change their behaviors with substance, people often feel a sense of hopelessness. Addiction treatment also promotes relapse as a normal part of recovery. People who are trying to truly change their lives know these messages are not encouraging so that may be one more reason they fail to get addiction treatment help.
Sometimes people don't try to get help from any type of program because they're in a relationship that's based on alcohol or drug use. They may be afraid that if they get better, the relationship may suffer. In some cases, the person who is unwilling to give up their substance use may threaten to leave their spouse or partner if they stop using drugs or alcohol. Poor physical or mental health can be a deterrent to seeking help. This is often associated with self-medicating behavior.
However, once people obtain treatment for their alcohol or drug problem, they're usually unsuccessful in achieving and maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle. This is because most treatment and 12 step programs are ineffective or even counterproductive. The unfortunate fact is that treatment fails most people who are trying to better their lives. That's the finding of U.S. federal government nation-wide research.
Fortunately, Saint Jude Retreats has proven to be a highly successful alternative to treatment. Those looking for a fresh start in their lives can turn to our program to help them overcome substance use and leave it behind them forever. Call 1-888-424-2626 to learn how our program can help you, especially if treatment has failed you in the past.