My Parent is Relapsing
Recovery is a lifelong journey that requires constant management. If your parent is relapsing, the best way to get your mother or father back into recovery is to enter into addiction treatment. Remind your parent that a rewarding, addiction-free life is achievable if he or she continues to seek help and support. Relapsing is not a “failure” or a sign of weakness—it is an indicator that something in your parent’s past or current treatment plan needs to change. Recognizing the relapse and entering a treatment program will allow your parent to find the right medication, therapy, and recovery support needed to improve rehabilitation and achieve lifelong sobriety.
If your parent is relapsing and decides to enter into treatment for drugs or alcohol at Recovery Centers of America, he or she will work closely with a personalized team of highly credentialed professionals––including masters-level physicians, primary therapists, psychiatrists, and nurses––who will improve on and make adjustments to your parent’s previous treatment plan. Recovery Centers of America’s inpatient and outpatient treatment programs provide personalized care that is convenient, affordable, and confidential.
Commonly asked questions:
- Can my parent go through rehab more than once?
- Why does my parent need to go to rehab multiple times?
- Will insurance cover rehabilitation treatments more than once?
- Is it too soon for my parent to go back into rehab?
- Why does my parent keep relapsing?
- Should I believe my parent when they say they don’t need rehab again?
- Why didn’t rehab work last time for my parent?
Can my parent go through rehab more than once?
Yes, anyone can go through professional drug and alcohol rehabilitation as many times as necessary to stop drug or alcohol use and stay sober. Recovery Centers of America’s highly credentialed staff is effective at treating relapsed patients and will identify the cause of relapse and adjust the treatment programs to a patient’s specific needs. If your parent has been through a treatment program with Recovery Centers of America in the past, the new individualized treatment plan will focus less on the areas where he or she previously excelled and spend extra time assisting in the areas that need improvement or may have led to relapse.
Why does my parent need to go to rehab multiple times?
As with any chronic disease, sometimes the methods, medications, and therapy programs need to be altered for treatment to be successful. A doctor will change prescription medications when the current treatment does not improve the symptoms, and addiction rehabilitation works in the same way. While your parent may feel shame, anger, or frustration after relapsing, undergoing treatment again is the best method for getting back into recovery.
Will insurance cover rehabilitation treatments more than once?
On most occasions, yes—your parent’s insurance plan will cover multiple inpatient rehabilitation treatments. Though each plan is different, most insurance policies have a provision for professional addiction treatment and, like any other disease, those previsions account for revisions and adjustments to the treatment after relapse. Recovery Centers of America is in-network with most insurance providers and we can verify your insurance for free.
Our financial counselors will help your mother or father check his or her policy to better understand whether or not specific insurance plans cover treatment more than once.
Is it too soon for my parent to go back into rehab?
It is never too soon for your parent to receive the treatments and therapy needed to beat addiction. In fact, one of the largest mistakes people make while struggling with relapse is unnecessarily delaying additional rehabilitation treatments. Your parent is only five minutes and a phone call away from starting successful recovery. Call 1-800-RECOVERY and our care advocates can provide more information about relapsing and the treatment process.
Why does my parent keep relapsing?
Relapse can happen to anyone. This does not mean a patient “failed” or those previous treatments did not work. Relapsing is a sign that something in the previous or current treatment process needs to change—whether it’s medication, a type of therapy, or something in the home environment.
If your parent is relapsing, pay attention to the people, places, and things around your parent, as those things play a big role in the recovery process. Maintaining ties to a problematic environment that led to past behavior is a common reason for relapse. This is why Recovery Centers of America patients are treated in safe, medically-supervised centers 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. No matter your parent’s reason for relapse or the number of times he or she reaches out for help, Recovery Centers of America can provide the tools and treatments necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety.
Should I believe my parent when they say they don’t need rehab again?
Dishonesty is a typical behavior of addiction and although you might not want to assume your parent is lying, it is important to stay vigilant. If he or she is still exhibiting signs of addiction, further treatment may be necessary. However, understand that your parent may be afraid to admit he or she needs to enter rehab again, or your parent may not even recognize there is still a problem. Shame, frustration, and defeat are common feelings for those relapsing. Reassure your parent that needing rehab more than once is not “failing” and that it is often a necessary part of lifelong recovery. If you do not know how to talk to your parent about relapse and reentering treatment, call 1-800-RECOVERY and the professional intervention team at Recovery Centers of America can help start the dialogue.
Why didn’t rehab work last time for my parent?
There is no “correct” or “one way” to go about recovery. Addiction affects everyone differently and for some people, symptoms of addiction resurface after treatment. Recovery Centers of America’s professional rehabilitation and addiction treatment is catered to your parent’s unique addiction. We discourage patients from comparing their treatment results with other patients or what might be considered “the average” rehabilitation timeline.
Recovery is a process and an everyday choice. It is important for your parent to make the necessary changes at home following rehabilitation, such as severing ties with problematic friend groups and environments. During treatment at Recovery Centers of America, a personalized team of medical professionals will work with your parent to determine the best next steps to get back into recovery.
Following your parent’s inpatient treatment, our ambulatory services will connect him or her with alumni and other individuals who have gone through a similar struggle to prevent future relapse and maintain sobriety.