Why is it that when people are seriously considering entering rehab they rarely ever take the time to determine what the success rate of a particular form of rehab is? The unfortunate truth is this, most people do not check out the actual success rates of the various treatment types they are considering. Instead, they go with what they know (which is unfortunately most often the traditional 12-step program) or they go with what has the most hype.
Why is it that we will spend hours online comparing car insurance but when it comes to a matter of our health, oftentimes the difference between life and death, we simply settle on what we think we know? There is a desperate need for people to start educating themselves about what programs actually work, and which have hype behind them without actually doing anything for the people that are battling through addiction.
The problem with this
The problem is that people are told that they are going to be cured by a program that has a stunningly low success rate (more information about this later on). They do everything that the program prescribes and do their best – but ultimately they suffer from a relapse.
Now for most people drug and alcohol abuse is already a very personal thing, it is something most people are ashamed of. Imagine not only having to live with the label of “addict” but also with the label of “failure” – after all, so many other people were able to straighten up, why can’t you? This leaves a person feeling rejected by everyone, every step of the way they are going to be reminded of the fact that others have supposedly succeeded where they cannot.
Why it becomes important to learn more
So now, these people feel ostracized from both parties. They know they have an addiction problem but also feel like their attempts were for naught. However, once people educate themselves they will realize that traditional programs such as N.A. and A.A. have at least 90% failure rates – and unfortunately that is giving them quite a few more percentages than they should.
Really – 10%??
Now ask yourself this, if 100 people were sick and only 10 of them got better, would we suggest that they were “cured” or are we going to suggest that maybe these 10 were sick and tired of being sick, sick of ruining their lives with alcohol and drugs. There is a spontaneous remission rate for every disease we have ever come across. So it becomes important to ask yourself whether these traditional methods are doing anything at all other than keeping people off the street a few hours each month.
Want to get better? Educate yourself
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, it is important that you know the rehab success rate for any potential program that you may be considering. The risk of relapse and addiction only becoming worse is simply too great to go in uninformed.