Success Rate of Alcohol Rehab

by Daniel · 0 comments

There are three kinds of lies, Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics!  Mark Twain.

Whether I am speaking with a salesman, a parent of an addict or alcoholic, the individual seeking help or a professional seeking info on our program they all ask the same question, “What is your success rate”?  Researchers, the media and our government want to know what works, “best practices”.  Our nature in and of itself is inquisitive.  We want to know how, why, when…  Our minds search for meaning constantly.  With all of that said it is important to understand that the question we are asking is difficult at best to quantify.

When we look at success rates for alcohol rehab, drug rehab, or any addiction treatment there are several variables that must be considered.  Always read the fine print.  I have read some peculiar methodologies that  rehabs utilize to measure their success rates.  For instance, one study stated that they utilized a random sampling of 180 patients that completed their program.  Success was measured by adherence to the discharge plan for self help meetings, aftercare services.  A relapse was defined as use of alcohol or drugs for more than one consecutive day, in other words if the individual drank and came back to AA or NA the next day it was not considered a relapse.

So what is the real question?  Success rates are relative to several factors.  How ready are you for change?  How willing are you to grind it out?  What do you want?  Are you attending treatment for you or for some outside influence?  Recovery is possible in all of these situations and others that are more difficult.  But attempting to put a number on results is nearly impossible.  Recovery is 100% assured if you honestly want to change, make the changes necessary, and remain teachable!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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