Alcohol and drug rehab success rates, what does it mean to you?

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What does “success rate” mean? That’s a very important question. In fact, it’s the essential question to be answered by any alcohol or drug rehab program.

The internet is full of rehab facilities describing themselves as having such things as

  • “one of the most successful treatment centers in the country”
  • “a proven HIGH success rate,” and
  • an “unmatched record of success.”

But virtually always lacking is any evidence or any actual specific success rate.

And most programs don’t even claim any success rate, only present glowing but vague generalities such as “we save lives,” “we provide hope,” or we’re the “#1 addiction treatment center.”

Drug and alcohol rehab centers advertise their individualized programs, holistic approaches, luxury facilities, superb cuisine, beautiful rooms, and other amenities. They show pictures of beautiful locations, attractive clients and staff, and breathtaking sunsets.

But this is all completely irrelevant if they aren’t successful. Success is all that matters.

Very rarely, a rehab will report some success rate or range of success rates. But what exactly do the statistics mean? That’s a good question.

There are many ways to measure success. For example, some may define success as moderating alcohol or drug use, whereas others may measure it only in terms of maintaining complete abstinence. Some may measure it for a very short period of time following release whereas may define it for as long as the facility has been in existence.

To make matters worse, the programs decide how and what to measure and then proceed to do the actual measuring themselves. This is like asking students to award themselves their own grades!

This means that potential clients are faced with “comparing apples to oranges” without even being able to see the fruit in question. This forces them to fall back on looking at beautiful pictures and reading glowing descriptions that the programs write about themselves.

That’s no way to select a program.

Only one program commissions outside research firms to evaluate the success of its clients for the entire period of time the program has been in existence. In addition, potential clients can read the evaluation reports online at their leisure. Learn more at Success Rates.

That’s the way to select a program.

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  • South Tucson Primero

    I live in the City of South Tucson which is a square mile city with 5700 people surrounded by the city of Tucson Arizona. In our small community there are 6 locations that provide assistance to people with mental problems or drug problems. A few feet from the perimeter of our city there is a homeless shelter for men and we are 2 blocks away from Tucson’s VA Hospital which treats people with mental and drug addictions, some of which linger in our city with their mental and drug problems unresolved. If you look up “City of South Tucson” in Wikipedia you will find that this is one of the most dangerous, poverty stricken, less educated communities in the U.S. At this time, a company called Pasadera is trying to bring a mental health/drug rehab live in facility to our already saturated community and the main problem is that they want to put this facility which will house 70+ persons across the street from Mission View Elementary school. This facility bought a property across the street from our school and they were denied permits for the proposed medical services because they do not meet zoning requirements. They will be appealing the denial on 8/25/2015 and the community is fighting to keep them away from our kids school. We are aware of the need for these rehabs but we believe that one of these places next to an elementary school is not a good idea. We also believe that the Mayor of the city, who has since been recalled for this same reason, had some illegal dealings with Pasadera and that he had the city manager were bribed by Pasadera. Our community believes there are only two reasons why a politician would encourage a mental health/ drug rehab facility across the street from our school and these two reasons are stupidity or corruption. We have been fighting Pasadera and city hall for 16 months, they need to pick a location that is not as saturated as City of South Tucson and away from schools.