Rehab 4 Addiction

Checking into a rehab centre is a voluntary process; in most instances, the same goes for checking out of that facility.

But, for those who are already tired of their stint in rehab after a couple of days, step back for a moment and take the time to understand the drawbacks of early checkout.

Leaving rehab early is something that individuals do because they are anxious about what’s to come.

The withdrawal symptoms, the treatment plan, what steps they’re going to have to take, and so forth.

It’s important to understand that early check-out can result in compromising the entire rehab process.

So, it’s especially important for those who’ve been in rehab for some time, to really think things through before they decide to check themselves out early.

No matter how hard things get!

Withdrawal is a Dangerous Period

The 24-hour period of assistance patients get in a rehab centre during the withdrawal period is critical to helping them through the following phases.

It can be very dangerous to try and go through withdrawal symptoms on your own.

Not having the appropriate medical care if it is needed can prove detrimental.

Being in rehab during withdrawal is tough enough; trying to go through this period on your own, has proven nearly impossible for many who have checked themselves out of rehab early.

In some instances, it can prove fatal if an individual requires immediate medical attention and they are alone when that occurs.

So, Why do You Want to Check Out Early?

There’s more than one common reason why individuals who check themselves into a rehab centre voluntarily, often want to check out of that centre early.

One of the most common reasons is the individual doesn’t want to go through the withdrawal process. It is important to note, however, that these symptoms won’t kick in immediately.

So, checking out early means you’re likely to go through this on your own.

A rehab centre has the trained personnel in place, and medical professionals, who are going to help get you through this transition period.

Others are afraid of, or simply don’t want to go through the lengthy process.

Rehab is a process; it takes hard work and dedication to get through. Remember, it took quite some time to become addicted and get to the point you’re currently at.

So, it’s important to understand you’re going to have to put in the work and effort to get clean. If you’re considering checking out of rehab, you’re going to go through issues of dependence on your own.

Furthermore, individuals who check out early are likely to relapse and undo the progress which has been made. Step back and think if it is really worth doing this.

A third common reason people check out early is that they don’t like the experience of rehab. For the most part, most individuals in rehab aren’t going to enjoy the process.

But, it is necessary to get clean and help the patient stay clean. For this reason, individuals need to commit to the full time in rehab, in order to get the benefits it provides.

Thinking of Leaving… Do These Things First

If you are on the brink of leaving rehab early, step back for a moment. The first thing you should do is talk to your therapist.

Let them know what’s going on and let them talk to you about the process. They’ll ease your mind and help get you focused.

For some, it is also worth talking about your feelings in group settings and therapy sessions. It’s a great way to get guidance from leaders, and support from others in your group, who are there as well and want to see you succeed.

Lastly, before you leave, give it a little more time. Give it another 24-48 hours. Oftentimes, this will help you refocus your mind, and rethink the reasons you are considering leaving early.

It is a good approach to refocusing and training yourself, to get the help you need, from those who are most qualified to help you through the rehab process you are going through as an addict.

Escaping Drug Rehab Syndrome

Many patients who want to leave early are the ones who’ve been in rehab for less than 30 days. In fact, some have only been in rehab for a couple of days.

Once they realise there’s no drug or alcohol in their system, they become frantic and want to leave.

For those who are at the point of wanting to check out one to two weeks into the process, it’s likely that they think they’re ‘cured’. They can do the work on their own.

This, however, isn’t the case.

The withdrawal process is lengthy and it is difficult; patients need to face their feelings, and confront the obstacles ahead, with the appropriate assistance, to get through these challenges they’re going through.

Leaving rehab against medical advice is not only dangerous, but it is also likely going to result in failure and relapse. No matter how strong a patient thinks they are, eventually they cave in and go back to the addiction.

It’s important to find ways to confront your feelings, push through the challenge, and listen to the medical professionals who are on site to help you and are qualified to do so as well.

The Risks Increase for Individuals Leaving Early

Leaving rehab early isn’t advised for any patient; in fact, it results in an increased risk for them to reuse and abuse drugs in the future.

Tolerance levels were higher for most than before they began rehab; by leaving early, with lower tolerance levels, it’s likely that individuals will not only turn to drugs but will abuse and overdose with much smaller quantities in their system.

Don’t let the lingering doubts and fear get in the way. Rehab is tough for all addicts.

Facing the fear and challenge will make you stronger, prevent medical issues and risks, and help you become a stronger individual on the other side, who doesn’t rely on drugs in their life after they finish their time in rehab.

Don’t struggle alone

Don’t wait until you or your loved one reach crisis point. If you feel you may require rehab, we can assist you by offering you a free telephone assessment.

Contact us today to discuss the options that are available, from normal rehab centres to those that can provide individualised treatments that consider your circumstances and fulfil all your requirements.

You can contact us on 0800 140 4690.  Alternatively, you may contact us via this website.


Jamie is a writer for several addiction and recovery publications. Jamie is in recovery himself.  He particularly enjoys writing about his experiences with meditation, religion and holistic therapies.