Drug Rehab – The Importance of Realistic Expectations


Up and down the capital, drug rehab clinics in London are offering the most advanced, capable and effective treatment programs ever rolled out. Regardless of the nature or severity of the case in question, it has never been more possible for addicts to make rapid and full recoveries. But what’s just as true now as it ever was is the way in which gauging your own expectations accordingly is just as important as every other element of the treatment process from start to finish.

If not, even more important.

Of course, when anyone is approaching a course of rehab for the first time, they have absolutely no frame of reference and therefore little idea as to what to expect. Which is precisely why they will to a large extent come up with their own expectations, which may or may not be realistic/accurate. More often than not, it’s those who have unrealistic expectations at the extreme end of the scale who tend to struggle the most during the process. By contrast, those who are more realistic and open-minded about the whole thing have a tendency to do better.

It’s when you begin to underestimate what’s involved that you prime yourself for a more difficult time than necessary.

Expectations of Time

For example, it’s natural for anyone approaching a course of drug addiction treatment to have some kind of time frame in their mind.  Obviously, anyone going through this kind of process would like it to progress and be completed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the uniqueness of every person and individual case of addiction means that setting accurate time frames is fundamentally impossible. Not only this, but any attempt to rush the process simply to get it done quicker is almost guaranteed to slow it down.  Or perhaps, result in its outright failure. You can only realistically gain an indication of how much time is needed, once the treatment process has begun hitting its stride.  Until then, you simply need to accept that it will take as long as it will take.

Expectations of Effort

As far as the experts are concerned, far too many people enter into rehab with the expectation that those around them will do pretty much all of the work on their behalf.  Or at least, the vast majority of it. What they fail to realise is that around 99% of the treatment process actually comes down to the individual in question. While there will of course be professional intervention, advice and perhaps even the provision of helpful medication, all of this amounts to absolutely nothing without the required efforts of the patient. To expect rehabilitation in any form to be an easy process is to guarantee the failure of the programme.

Expectations of Side-Effects

Likewise, there will always be those who enter into drug addiction treatment programs with the expectation that they will suffer no unpleasant symptoms or side-effects whatsoever. They wrongly assume that the primary purpose of entering into a programme of rehab is to sidestep all of the unpleasant symptoms associated with withdrawal. In reality, while the various treatments and medications prescribed during a course of rehab could certainly help, there will always be various symptoms and effects that are entirely inevitable.  They can always be made manageable, but to expect to experience absolutely none whatsoever is to set yourself up for an unpleasant surprise.

Expectations of Results

Contrary to popular belief, drug addiction treatment programs are not designed to ‘cure’ drug addiction. Instead, they simply exist to assist the individual through the detoxification and recovery process, in order to allow them to take the first step towards lifelong recovery. The problem being that in many instances, those who enter into rehabilitation believe that when the course is finished, they will indeed be cured.  Not only is this unrealistic, but it can also be extremely harmful. The reason being that if you expect the kind of miraculous and permanent results rehabilitation simply cannot deliver, you are already en-route to disappointment from day one.

Expectations of What Comes Next

Last but not least, the fact that so many assume rehabilitation will solve all of their problems has a tendency to lead to additional problems further down the line.  As already mentioned, the primary purpose of rehabilitation is to set recovering addicts off in the right direction, giving them the best possible chance of remaining clean for life. Nevertheless, given the fact that courses of rehabilitation only go on for a certain amount of time, the responsibility sooner or later falls with the individual in question. If you expect normal life to magically resume following rehabilitation with no challenges or difficulties whatsoever, you are in for a shock.