My Colleague is Relapsing

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My Colleague is Relapsing

If your colleague is relapsing, it is never too soon for them to enter into rehabilitation treatment for drugs or alcohol. Relapsing is not a sign of failure or weakness. Due to the chronic nature of the disease of addiction, relapse is a possibility. Rates for relapse for people with substance use disorder are actually similar to relapse rates for other chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.

Like any disease, addiction can recur and require additional treatment. Recovery from drug and/or alcohol abuse is a lifelong journey that requires ongoing management to avoid relapse.

Recovery Centers of America’s individualized inpatient and outpatient treatment programs address the reason your coworker is relapsing and help get them get back on the path to recovery. Recovery Centers of America offers a comprehensive drug detox program centered on continuing treatment and recovery support. Your colleague will also receive extensive family therapy and family education programs that will help your coworker and their family understand why relapse happens.

Does relapse to drug abuse mean treatment has failed?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment, the chronic disease of addiction involves changing deeply embedded behaviors, and relapse does not mean treatment has failed. For a person recovering from addiction, lapsing indicates that treatment needs to be reinstated or adjusted or that another treatment should be tried.

Can my colleague go through rehab more than once?

Yes, a colleague who is relapsing can go through rehab more than once. Their individualized treatment plan will focus on areas they were successful. Other focuses of the program will be identifying and addressing the areas that might have triggered the relapse.

Why does my colleague need to go to rehab multiple times?

Relapse is a part of the disease of addiction. Addiction impacts the part of the brain involved with recognizing problems and planning solutions.

Like with other chronic diseases, sometimes the methods, medications, and therapies used need to be altered in order for treatment to be effective.

The masters-level clinicians, primary therapists, doctors, psychiatrists, and nurses at Recovery Centers of America are skilled in relapse prevention and recovery support.

Will insurance cover rehabilitation treatments more than once?

Typically insurance covers rehabilitation treatment more than once. Recovery Centers of America is in-network with most insurance providers and can verify your insurance for free.

Financial issues should never be an impediment to substance use rehabilitation treatment. Recovery Centers of America offers financial assistance programs and specialized scholarships that make drug treatment as affordable as possible, whether your colleague has insurance or not.

Is it too soon for my colleague to go back into rehab?

No. It is never to soon for your colleague who is relapsing to go back into rehab. If you were hospitalized for diabetes then released but a few days later were experiencing close-to-coma reactions, you wouldn’t question if it was too soon to return to the hospital.

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Why does my colleague keep relapsing?

The complex disease of addiction affects everyone differently. Some people never relapse. Others relapse after a few months. Some might need to return to rehab after decades of sobriety.

As with other chronic health conditions, treatment plans need to be reviewed often and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs.

Should I believe my colleague when they say they don’t need rehab again?

It is important to know the signs of addiction. Other factors to consider are that a colleague who is relapsing may be dishonest about their substance use and experiencing shame and frustration. If you have a personal relationship with your colleague, reassure them that needing rehab again is not “failing.” It is a part of lifelong recovery and, in the long term, it will benefit them at home and in the workplace.

Why didn’t rehab work last time?

Various factors can determine the effectiveness of previous experiences in rehab. It is important that your colleague continues to stay active in their recovery network and takes advantage of long-term support services.

However, anyone who’s ever developed an unhealthy habit has specific circumstances that are more likely to lead them to engaging in that habit. Following rehab, a person might encounter those situations —such as friends or family members using drugs and alcohol or dealing with high levels of stress and pressure from jobs or family life—that may trigger relapse.

Recovery Centers of America clinicians will identify the cause(s) of relapse and develop an individualized treatment plan for your colleague who is relapsing based on their needs.

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