5 Reasons NOT to leave treatment early

Ben Affleck walking next to a blue acura. The car is labeled as "Shauna's Car", who is apparently a Playboy model.
Ben Affleck at his lady friend’s home

Many of you may have heard the news that actor Ben Affleck decided to leave treatment after only 2 weeks. People and X17 reported the story and it appears he is hanging out with a Playboy model. On that note, here are 5 reasons not to leave treatment early.

Your chance of relapsing skyrockets

The point of detox and then treatment is to get you away from your drug of choice. When you are abstinent from your D.O.C., your mind and body have a chance to heal. The shorter the time you spend off drugs and alcohol, the greater the risk for relapse after leaving against medical advice. Look at it this way, you’re thinking about leaving after a week, how does that compare to the years you may have been using for. You’re not healed as soon as you are abstinent from drugs and alcohol. You need to do some work, away from drugs, to help you recovery. Less than 30 days is not enough time to do that.

Family relationships will be strained

After your family brings you to rehab, if they bring you to rehab, it’s their time to recover too. Relatives need space after your long periods of use. Oftentimes family is hurt by your behavior. But parents may be naive and let you back into their lives. Leaving treatment early represents your dedication to recovery. Leaving before 30 days means there is something else in your life that is more important than treating your addiction. You’re family doesn’t deserve that. They may have wanted to help so much they grew accustomed to enabling you. Forcing yourself back into their lives by leaving treatment early is unfair and will almost certainly worsen your relationship.

You may have nowhere to go

Oftentimes, we were evicted or in the process of being evicted from our homes when we went into treatment. Finding a nice place to live is a timely and costly task. Also, renters will probably run background checks and that can be also a problem. The time between moving into a new home may be hazardous and at times, intolerable. Living on the streets or in cars is a painful and humbling experience, but not necessary. Think about where you’d go if you left treatment against medical advice and whether you’d stay clean there.

You may have untreated physical or mental issues

Alcohol is one of the most physically taxing substances. When you stop abusing alcohol, your body experiences a significant shift. This goes for any drugs. Some are worse than others physically. Nonetheless, being in treatment with medical assistance gives you an opportunity to recovery physically and mentally. You may have major deficits or surpluses in your body and mind that can only be discovered by medical professionals. All treatment centers have medical staff, take advantage of them.

You’re back to square 1

Treatment, when taken seriously, can help you grow at a tremendous rate. Sadly, this growth stops when we return to using. Leaving treatment after 1, 2, 3 weeks doesn’t give you the foundation you need to live life. The tools you learn about are important, but so is the amount of time you remain abstinent from alcohol or your drug of choice. The more time you spend separated from substances the better. When you leave, and potentially relapse, you lose that time and you’re back to square 1.

Bear in mind, if you do leave treatment and end up relapsing, it isn’t bad. It’s part of the process. However, the longer you stay in treatment, the better chances you have at true recovery.


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