Although understanding of the science of addiction is still evolving, there is a general consensus that addiction includes physical dependence (the body habituates to a drug) and mental dependence (drug-seeking behavior and taking the drugs despite knowing they are dangerous). Although different treatment programs may employ different methodologies, most include the following programs:
The key to a successful treatment program is that it provides a safe, drug-free environment, geared entirely toward recovery in both the short term and long term. However, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains, high relapse rates are a grim reality of addiction treatment. There is a 40 to 60 percent relapse rate among substance abusers, which is similar to relapse rates among other chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension. These relapse rates beg the question, why aren’t treatment programs universally more effective?
According to NIDA, drug treatment programs are effective. A recovering individual’s success depends on many variables, including:
NIDA, quite rightly, explains that relapse is not failure. Addiction is a chronic disease, and for this reason, one type of intensive rehab treatment is not necessarily going to prove effective in every case. Relapse signals the need to reinstate an existing treatment plan, modify it appropriately, or initiate a new treatment program.
Although drug treatment outcomes are worthy areas of study, especially to the extent that they can potentially help improve recovery services, in-depth research studies appear to be few and far between. Part of the reason is that “success” in the treatment context is highly challenging to quantify, and the most accurate studies would need to be conducted over many years to accurately monitor sobriety outcomes. Even then, a relapse could happen after decades of abstinence, and would that be considered a success or failure?
In view of limited research, it is necessary to seek insights about drug treatment outcomes where they are available. For instance, the University of Memphis has an Institute for Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation that conducted a study of treatment outcomes in Tennessee in 2002 to 2003. The survey involved over 2,000 participants who had received treatment from publicly funded facilities in Tennessee for alcohol and other drug abuse. Insightful highlights of the study, which may be construed to provide some indication of the effectiveness of treatment programs in general, are as follows:
Like NIDA, the Institute for Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation found that substance abuse treatment is effective. In specific, treatment improves a substance abuser’s life in the following essential ways:
Substance abuse and addiction are treatable issues, and comprehensive rehab treatment can help you or your loved one find lasting recovery. Contact us today, and we can connect you with a comprehensive rehab program that will help you achieve the best treatment outcome for your situation. Call now.