Drug and alcohol treatment has become highly generic in its approach to helping people recover. Not because they are greedy and selfish and heartless, but because they need to meet their bottom line to keep their doors open. Running a rehab is expensive, plain and simple. However, in the process of keeping “heads on beds”, the individual who is struggling gets thrown into a system of care that is designed to help the masses, but isn’t actually doing a lot to provide enough care for each specific person, based on their specific situation. Yes, they do offer therapy and group sessions, and some medical and psychiatric care, but at what cost? And, what is the center actually doing that provides lasting change in that person’s life that they couldn’t get while living at their own home?
The fact is, so many people do want to get better, but they are afraid! Removing someone from their environment isn't always the best way to get them to change the way they are living. In defense of treatment centers, keeping people at home is not always the best choice either; but way too many people get pulled into treatment centers that are just trying to fill their beds, and their actual treatment is not good. There are good treatment centers, but there are a lot more that are not effective.
Here's another problem...many treatment centers say they offer “individualized care”, but that is just a buzz word to make people feel like their needs will be the priority. Many treatment centers tell families that they will develop treatment plans that are specific to their loved one’s needs. The centers know what the immediate needs are, and that is to get clients off the drugs and alcohol. How does the treatment center know what the individual needs after that, and how can they meet those needs with a limited staff, and 5, 10 or 20 clients that all have unique wants and desires.
In addition, how can they help the individual when they leave the treatment center in 30, 60 or 90 days? It is impossible for a treatment center to actually offer truly customized treatment. This is the crux! This is the real problem. Individuals need to uncover and discover their needs and challenges in real time, in their environment, so they can develop new coping skills, utilize new tools, and receive support and guidance throughout that process. That is where StayHome Rehab comes in.
Again, not everyone can do this, and some people do need to go away to treatment. But, many can do it at home, and it is a disservice to those who get pulled away and thrown into a house based on empty promises. They are put into in a cookie cutter system that is not individualized, personalized or customized in any way. It’s the hard truth and something needs to be done to increase the numbers of people who recover and stay recovered.