Can I Transfer to Another Substance Abuse Rehab Center if I Don’t Like the First One I Try?

Living in the world of drug addiction is not an easy thing to do. Most addiction sufferers get so wrapped up in supporting their addiction that they end up neglecting many parts of their lives. At times, they seem to forget that they are living in a constant battle for control over their lives. When the addiction is in control, the drugs or alcohol set the terms. If the individual is able to wrest control of their life back from their drug of choice, they’ll find they can resume making all decisions.

It’s this loss of control that leads addiction sufferers to feel they are at the mercy of the addiction treatment center when they finally decide to reach out for help. By the way, the ability to get enough clarity to realize one needs help is a good sign. It indicates the individual making that decision does, in fact, have the ability to make decisions. That’s good because many aspects of treatment require the client to start making decisions for themselves again. We would like to discuss what happens if a client enters rehab but isn’t convinced they made the right decision.

Can I Transfer to Another Substance Abuse Rehab Center if I Don’t Like the First One I Try?

This is an interesting question. The simplistic answer is yes, you can absolutely transfer yourself to another facility if you don’t feel comfortable where you start. Remember, rehab is not prison. You should be voluntarily seeking help. There is one caveat to that answer. If you are under the guardianship of the courts, you may not have the right to make this kind of decision. There’s a couple of aspects of this question that need to be addressed.

First, continuity of care is a really big deal. It takes time to build relationships and trust with the addiction treatment specialists who are charged with guiding you towards a full recovery from your addiction. You don’t want to get in the habit of jumping rehabs because it’s likely going to delay the recovery process. Second, you must be cautious about making decisions when your head is still struggling for clarity and recovery. This is not the time in your life when your ability to make good decisions is at its peak. That should be evident. With this in mind, it’s incumbent on you to make sure you have a valid reason or reasons for making a change.

Here are a few reasons why making a change might be a good idea:

  • Financial concerns
  • The need to be closer to home
  • Current rehab does not offer the needed treatment options
  • Conflicts with staff members or other clients

Financial Concerns

It’s not uncommon for someone to enter rehab without fully understanding how much treatment is going to run in that facility. If someone caps out their insurance or realizes they can’t financially afford to stay in their original rehab facility, it’s perfectly reasonable for them to go in search of a more affordable solution.

The Need to Be Closer to Home

An individual’s personal circumstances can change even while getting treatment in a residential or outpatient treatment center. If you were to initially believe that based on your circumstances at the time, you could manage treatment out of state, things could change. A family emergency or lifestyle issue could prompt you to find a treatment solution that’s closer to home.

Current Rehab Does Not Offer the Needed Treatment Options

Let’s say you enter treatment for heroin addiction. The facility of record has the resources to give you the care you need. During treatment, they discover you have a troubling psychological disorder that’s intermingled with your addiction. If they don’t have the resources to offer “dual diagnosis treatment,” you might have to transfer to another facility to get care. Things like this happen.

Conflicts with Staff Members or Other Clients

We are all human. The notion we have the ability to get along with and like everyone is ridiculous. Given the importance of you going through a solid treatment program, it’s important you be comfortable in the treatment environment. If issues with the staff or other clients make concentrating on recovery difficulty, you might be better served to find somewhere more comfortable. Caution, if this happens multiple times, you might want to consider you are the issue. If you are searching for the right treatment option, we should be able to help you. To discuss your circumstances and needs, you can call us at 833-762-3739.