Turning Setbacks into Seeds: Why It’s Always Smart to Try Rehab Again

The road to sobriety doesn’t usually go in a straight line. It has twists and turns, ups and downs, and you may reach places you weren’t expecting. Recovery is a process that starts with a simple realization; I have a problem. From there, you can start to take steps toward your goal of sobriety. There will be steps forward, as well as missteps which may seem devastating, but really, setbacks are a normal part of the learning process.

Experiencing a relapse or failing to stick to your sobriety after treatment can be discouraging. Some people may feel hopeless about their ability to get sober. This mindset can lead to a reluctance to try rehab again. However, there are examples of failure that have opened the door for a full recovery. Always remember that addiction can be treated successfully

Don’t Get Discouraged by Setbacks in Recovery

Unfortunately, some may see a setback as a reason to give up hope. The “I can’t do it” attitude is something we’ve all felt when faced with a challenging task. Those who have tried an addiction treatment program in the past but did not have success may feel discouraged from trying again. In reality, failure is how we learn and grow.

According to Andrew Matthews, a case manager and alumni at Footprints to Recovery, setbacks in rehab can go a long way in helping you understand your addiction and the path you need to take to reach your goals.

“Initially, my string of unsuccessful attempts at recovery seemed to make me more and more hopeless about the prospect of attaining long-term sobriety. But I didn’t give up and kept coming back and trying again. Looking back, there was something that I learned each time in treatment that ended up proving valid or made sense later on. A lot of seeds will be planted with each unsuccessful attempt, but as long as you don’t give up and keep trying, those seeds will eventually grow and bear fruit,” Andrew said.

In Andrew’s experience, his first attempts in rehab didn’t seem to be helping, at least not in the moment. However, each time Andrew set his sights on turning things around, he would recall something from previous treatment programs that suddenly made more sense. He calls those nuggets of wisdom “seeds”.

Planting the Seeds for Success in Recovery

When growing a garden, you have to first start with a seed. When you plant the seed, it doesn’t grow right away. In fact, nothing happens at all. It may take days or weeks to start seeing growth and development. During that time, it’s easy to get discouraged, but when things start to grow, good things happen.

Rehab is similar in that even though it didn’t seem like a treatment program helped, it may still have planted a seed of wisdom with the potential to grow into something bigger. Each time Andrew attended a rehab program, it meant more seeds. Eventually, he found a source of recovery guidance and support at Footprints to Recovery that allowed all those seeds to finally bloom.  Even though he admits it was difficult to decide to try rehab again, it was always the right decision.

How To Find the Right Recovery Center

Addiction recovery comes in all forms. There are specialized programs for different communities, unique therapies for different substances, and a range of holistic treatment options that offer comprehensive healing. What’s the best way to find the right recovery center for your needs? According to Andrew, it depends on your situation.

“Being a veteran, my first time seeking treatment, I called a Veteran Crisis Line and was given some options that took my insurance. Other times I used Google or was referred to a treatment facility by the VA,” he explained.

As a veteran of our armed forces, Andrew had unique needs in recovery. He actively sought out programs designed for veterans and found options that accepted his insurance.

There are many different specialty addiction treatment programs to consider. Those in the Native American community, for example, may benefit from programs that take into account cultural heritage and traditional healing practices. Men and women may feel more comfortable attending a gender-specific program. No matter what your background or goals, there’s likely a treatment program that can help.

The Value of Unique Treatment Plans

Choosing a recovery provider who offers individualized plans should be a priority. At Footprints to Recovery, Andrew and his treatment team analyzed his situation and developed a treatment plan that was unique to him. His path to a brighter future was made for him. After reaching his goal of sobriety, Andrew entered the treatment space as a case manager to offer the same guidance and support he received while in treatment.

Andrew’s personal experience shows the importance of persevering in the face of setbacks. His initial attempts at recovery may have been discouraging, but with each try, he unknowingly took steps in the right direction. Like cultivating a garden, the growth may not be immediate, and there might be moments of doubt, but these seeds of wisdom have the potential to grow into significant breakthroughs.

Always Try Rehab Again

Overcoming addiction is a journey that often involves setbacks. Going back to rehab shows that you are committed to reaching your goals. It allows you to face challenges head-on and develop the strength to navigate the ups and downs of recovery. Each attempt at rehab provides valuable insights into what worked and what didn’t. Returning to rehab allows individuals to learn from their past mistakes, discover new treatment options, and find a whole new recovery community to rely on for support.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, reaching out for help right away is the best course of action. A professional treatment center has experienced staff and evidence-based treatments that can aid in sobriety. With unique levels of care and aftercare services, treatment offers a safe, effective solution to addiction. If you are ready for a brighter future, don’t wait to reach out for help.

Medically Reviewed by Jenna Richer, LCSW