Alcohol Rehab Centers & Drug Rehab Centers: Teens reveal why alcohol, drug treatments fail

A great alcohol rehab center or drug rehab center can save a teen’s life, but – as our students’ stories show – successful alcohol and drug treatment goes beyond finding the best center.

During the past two decades, numerous of our students had been to alcohol or drug rehabilitation centers before coming to our Academy. The job of our school was to bridge any academic gaps and to provide a transition between treatment centers and the students’ former schools.

Quite interestingly, before ending up in an alcohol rehab center or drug rehab center, most of those teens had once been happy kids coming from caring families.

So what had happened?

During support group discussions at our Academy, the teens shared that while being at an alcohol treatment center or drug rehabilitation center, they discovered that there were three major reasons for their addiction.

Even more than peer pressure, the teens said that the school environment (boring classes and too many tests) and their parents’ high expectations were just getting to be too much. If you are a troublemaker, no one really puts a lot of pressure on you, they explained. But, when you have always been “a good kid,” everyone just expects more and more from you.

The teens shared that “for us,” dealing with the challenges of alcohol or drugs was much easier than dealing with too many high expectations.

Why do so many teens relapse after completing alcohol rehab centers or drug rehab centers?

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, most alcohol rehab centers or drug rehab centers are successful in treating addictions. However, 40 to 60 percent of patients relapse at some time after they leave the treatment centers.

When we shared the statistics with our students, they were not surprised.

Based on their own experiences, they considered time spent at the treatment centers a time away from all of the pressure and expectations.

Even at our Academy, the teens felt save and without pressure. However, what would happen once they returned to their old schools and the pressure and expectations would start all over again?

The limit of alcohol rehab centers and drug rehab centers

Our students shared that during their time at the treatment centers, they learned to recognize their reasons for turning to alcohol or drugs. They also learned about triggers, various ways of dealing with their addiction, and about the many support systems that were available to them.

Still – none of the students were confident that they would be able to refrain from alcohol or drug use once they returned “into the real world.”

At our Academy, we focus on empowering students to shape “a real world” where expectations and pressure come from within – not without. That empowerment includes discovering one’s unique talent, choosing interesting courses, and learning to take responsibility.

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In contrast to our work, alcohol rehab centers and drug rehab centers focus on addictions and their treatment.