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.