The truth about rehab recovery statistics… and why you should make your own evaluation of a facility

I read a lot of rehab centers boasting of some pretty astonishing recovery rates, and while I can’t say for sure that these numbers are not accurate, understanding the nature of addiction as I do all too well; I can’t help but be a little skeptical…

Recovery is a process, and part of that process is sometimes a slip back into use and abuse; and a needed second…third….even fourth crack at the lessons of rehab. Just because a drug rehab doesn’t offer every person that passes through its doors a miraculous recovery doesn’t mean that it’s not a quality and beneficial facility; and perhaps we should look more favorably at facilities that do release more realistic figures of relapse and recovery, more in line with nationally released relapse rates as compiled by agencies such as NIDA.

Statistics can be a marvelous and powerful tool to mislead and to dissuade from a thorough and comprehensive look at the realities of the programs as offered. What does a relapse or abstinence statistic as issued by a drug rehab center really mean anyways?

  • I mean, how are they checking sobriety?
  • How long does sobriety need to occur for them to recognize a success?
  • Do they only consider people that have remained in aftercare as a part of their statistics and most importantly, is there any form of independent confirmation of the statistics as released?

Narconon facilities boast of incredible success rates, but whenever anyone wants to take a look at how these stats are compiled they clam up in a hurry? If there’s nothing to hide, why not be transparent? I don’t know whether they really cure up to 85% as advertised…but I can’t help but be skeptical when no one has ever been able to independently confirm their reporting.

While controversial narconon programs report oddly high stats, they are not alone in this regard, and some of the nation’s most expensive and exclusive facilities will also boast of astonishing success rates, with little real proof backing up very impressive sounding figures. It may well be that some drug rehab programs have no real desire to gain an accurate accounting of actual sobriety rates, and much prefer to use an occasional phone call with a recovering alumni as a basis for the compilation of statistics; and when they are looking for your treatment dollars as a private enterprise, I think it makes sense to take their released numbers with a bit of a grain of salt.

Forget the numbers, and look at the programs, the facilities and the ideology. To get the most of a rehab experience, you have to be compatible to the methods and programming used, and the rehab should offer comprehensive and intensive methods to give you the relapse prevention strategies you’ll need. Hoping for a guaranteed recovery isn’t practical, and even if drug or alcohol treatment doesn’t take completely the first time, it always imparts beneficial tools and strategies towards relapse avoidance; and brings you one step closer to an ultimate goal of sobriety and a life of happiness without substance abuse.

Recovery is possible, and it’s even probable with determination and professional support, but forgets the numbers, and concentrate on getting a great program well suited to your needs and wants.

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I read a lot of rehab centers boasting of some pretty astonishing recovery rates, and while I can’t say for sure that these numbers are not accurate, understanding the nature of addiction as I do all too well; I can’t help but be a little skeptical…

Recovery is a process, and part of that process is sometimes a slip back into use and abuse; and a needed second…third….even fourth crack at the lessons of rehab. Just because a drug rehab doesn’t offer every person that passes through its doors a miraculous recovery doesn’t mean that it’s not a quality and beneficial facility; and perhaps we should look more favorably at facilities that do release more realistic figures of relapse and recovery, more in line with nationally released relapse rates as compiled by agencies such as NIDA.

Statistics can be a marvelous and powerful tool to mislead and to dissuade from a thorough and comprehensive look at the realities of the programs as offered. What does a relapse or abstinence statistic as issued by a drug rehab center really mean anyways?

  • I mean, how are they checking sobriety?
  • How long does sobriety need to occur for them to recognize a success?
  • Do they only consider people that have remained in aftercare as a part of their statistics and most importantly, is there any form of independent confirmation of the statistics as released?

Narconon facilities boast of incredible success rates, but whenever anyone wants to take a look at how these stats are compiled they clam up in a hurry? If there’s nothing to hide, why not be transparent? I don’t know whether they really cure up to 85% as advertised…but I can’t help but be skeptical when no one has ever been able to independently confirm their reporting.

While controversial narconon programs report oddly high stats, they are not alone in this regard, and some of the nation’s most expensive and exclusive facilities will also boast of astonishing success rates, with little real proof backing up very impressive sounding figures. It may well be that some drug rehab programs have no real desire to gain an accurate accounting of actual sobriety rates, and much prefer to use an occasional phone call with a recovering alumni as a basis for the compilation of statistics; and when they are looking for your treatment dollars as a private enterprise, I think it makes sense to take their released numbers with a bit of a grain of salt.

Forget the numbers, and look at the programs, the facilities and the ideology. To get the most of a rehab experience, you have to be compatible to the methods and programming used, and the rehab should offer comprehensive and intensive methods to give you the relapse prevention strategies you’ll need. Hoping for a guaranteed recovery isn’t practical, and even if drug or alcohol treatment doesn’t take completely the first time, it always imparts beneficial tools and strategies towards relapse avoidance; and brings you one step closer to an ultimate goal of sobriety and a life of happiness without substance abuse.

Recovery is possible, and it’s even probable with determination and professional support, but forgets the numbers, and concentrate on getting a great program well suited to your needs and wants.

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