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Can a Person Check Themselves Out of a Rehab Center?

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Can a Person Check Themselves Out of a Rehab Center

People enter into addiction treatment in a variety of ways. Some people realize that they have a problem, and they seek professional treatment of their own accord. Other people might be resistant to receiving treatment, but their loved ones stage a professional intervention and they eventually gain enough willingness to accept help. Others commit serious crimes and are forced into treatment against their will – still, others drink or drug themselves to the brink of death, and rehab is truly the only remaining option. Regardless of the case, most people who enter into treatment commit to a long-term program of recovery that includes a thorough and personalized aftercare plan. For treatment to be successful and effective, aftercare plans must be closely adhered to.

Can a Patient Leave Addiction Treatment On Their Own?

Additionally, if the treatment process is cut short there is a very slim chance of maintaining sobriety. Many men and women who enter into treatment wonder whether or not they can leave their rehab center against medical advice (or AMA). While leaving treatment is always an option, it is highly discouraged, and those who decide to leave rehab before their discharge date have extremely high rates of relapse. If you have received treatment in the past and you checked out of rehab early, there is a good chance that you relapsed and are now in need of rehab once again. If you are considering entering into a long-term recovery program, but are concerned about being able to check out whenever you’d like, we encourage you to check your motives and recommit to a long-term program of clinical care.

Checking Out of Drug Rehab Against Medical Advice

Can a person check themselves out of a rehab center? In short – yes. However, there is a reason why inpatient treatment lasts for as long as it does. In most cases, an individual will commit to a program of recovery that is between 30 and 90 days, depending on the severity of the substance abuse disorder.

It has been extensively researched – it takes at least 30 days to break a habit, and the most effective drug treatment programs last for roughly three months. if you are considering entering into a program of recovery but are concerned with whether or not you can check out of rehab before your discharge date, it is a good idea to reevaluate your intentions.

Why would you need to check out of rehab before you have been cleared to advance into the next appropriate level of clinical care? Are you concerned about spending too much time in treatment? Or are you concerned that you might get cold feet and decide to take off early?

Remember that for treatment to be effective, you must listen to what the medical and clinical professionals say. Yes, you can leave early. But leaving before your discharge date is never a good idea.

Can you Check yourself Out of a Rehab Center

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Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment – A Long-Term Program of Recovery

At Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment, we remain dedicated to providing men and women who have been suffering at the hands of substance abuse and dependence with the most comprehensive program of recovery available in Massachusetts. Our recovery program is comprehensive, and it requires a long-term commitment to clinical care. We understand how scary it can be to commit to recovery, seeing as substance abuse is essentially a way of life, and to overcome it you will need to completely change the way that you interact with the world around you.

If you enter into our program with willingness and with the desire to change, recovery is possible – no matter how severe your substance abuse disorder has become. To learn more about our comprehensive program of recovery or to learn more about the rules and guidelines that we expect our clients to adhere to, reach out to us today.

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Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC Clinical Director
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Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC has been dedicated to the mental health and substance abuse field for a decade, providing her expertise to guarantee quality and accuracy.

  • Specializes in outpatient services with a focus on substance abuse
  • Expertise in reality-based therapy, CBT/DBT, and motivational interviewing
  • Holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling
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