By: Michael Plahn
This is not a simple question to answer. There are several variables that affect the answer. What level of treatment, Outpatient or Residential? Does the alcoholic or addict have a Co-Occurring diagnosis (additional disorder or mental illness). Did the addict enter treatment willingly or were they coerced to enter the program? Was the treatment program an appropriate fit to address the salient presenting issues? What kind of Extended Care or Aftercare program was followed? Get the idea? This is a complex issue, so if you want a successful outcome, work with an objective professional available at LifeSkills Authorities.
As I discussed recently, there are several levels of addiction treatment or ‘Rehab’ (read further about this in: How to Select an Appropriate Level of Addiction Treatment). For this article, let’s use the example of Inpatient Residential Treatment. I read studies that reference abstinence rates from as low as 5% to 60%. That is a huge disparity and the success rates seem pretty poor, don’t they? Where is the 90+% that I’m guessing you want to know about if you have a loved-one suffering from addiction?
This question led me to develop LSA’s Pre-Treatment Solution and LSA Recovery Coaching (a 52-week Aftercare program). These programs combined with appropriate levels of addiction treatment will lead to what I hope will be success rates that top 90% and become the new Gold Standard to treating these chronic disorders.
Back to the simple and original question, ‘Does Rehab Work?’ Last Friday evening, actor Rob Lowe was asked that same question on Piers Morgan Tonight. Mr. Lowe confidently answered the question by stating, “Rehab gets a bad name…it can be an amazing experience.” He went on to say “Charlie (Sheen) is wrong (for saying that Addiction Treatment does not work),…it does work.” Lowe also suggested that it (Professional Addiction Treatment) does work if you take the actions suggested by the counselors and staff, NOT if you follow your own rules.
I agree with Lowe’s position that ‘Rehab’ or Addiction Treatment does work, despite the poor numbers discussed in the beginning of this entry. It breaks the addictive cycle, begins healing underlying issues, and objective professionals formulate a plan for you to continue changing and staying abstinent. Admittedly, without competent treatment facilities such as Caron, Promises, Casa Palmera, The Canyon, Rosecrance, and the several available through Treatment Solutions Network, it may be difficult to even establish a beginning. But ‘Rehab’ is a beginning, not a cure.
I am confident that the key to finding long-term recovery from addiction is to have a comprehensive plan with competent professional help for no less than six months, and preferably one year post-discharge from treatment. Believe me, it will save you a lot of heartache, pain, money, and maybe your life if you follow this suggestion. Contact LSA to find out how we can help you or your loved one today.