Success rate and treatment

Most people want to know just one thing about treatment – “Does treatment work?” Treatment centers are often asked this question another way – “What’s your success rate?”

We ask similar questions about other things, too. For example: “Is the medicine I’ve been prescribed going to work” or “If I sign up for gym membership will I become fit?”

We want guarantees, preferably rock solid 100% guarantees. But, we’re mostly reasonable people so we accept slightly lesser promises of success. 75-80% will normally satisfy us and convince us that the medicine is useful, the class will be good, and treatment works. So we proceed.

And then something happens and we become completely disillusioned and upset when things don’t turn out the way we hoped. Occasionally we lose faith completely and come to believe that the thing, whatever it is, is really not worth it and the statistics or success rate we were told are lies.

We get a flu shot and come down the flu. We sign up for yoga class to get rid of the stress headaches and we still get them. We eliminate caffeine and drink sleepy time tea before bedtime and still can’t get a good night’s rest. We send our son or daughter or even ourselves to treatment and then experience a relapse after we complete the program.

And we become non-believers.

So, how should we answer those questions: “Does treatment work?” “What’s the success rate?”

Well, the truth is that treatment works. Treatment has a 100% success rate and a 0% guarantee of success.

Treatment providers may not like or even agree with those statistics and I have to say here for full disclosure that these statistics are completely the opinion of this writer. There are no statistical studies or accumulated tracking reports or national databases to validate these statistics. Just my opinion.

Here’s why I say this.

100% of people who go to treatment and complete will successfully have been exposed to things that can help them stay clean and sober. It’s a 100% guarantee for any good treatment program because that’s what treatment does. Treatment teaches skills, provides knowledge, exposes ideas and sets a foundation to help a person succeed in recovery. However, going to treatment will never guarantee success. Treatment is not a cure any more than a flu shot or yoga or sleepy time tea.

Maybe the questions “does treatment work?” or “what is the success rate?” aren’t really the best questions to ask to understand or determine if treatment is worthwhile. Just because there is zero guarantee of success doesn’t mean treatment is not worth it or that treatment doesn’t work. After all, who can name one ‘best thing in life’ that comes with an iron clad guarantee of success?

-Melissa Dobbertin/LCDC
Admissions and Outpatient Director

#BellasStory

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Meet Bella. Her sobriety date is October 27, 2007. She dabbled with drugs and alcohol since the age of 15. She became a mom of two boys at a young age. At 28 she tried crack cocaine and was immediately hooked. Two years later, she dropped off her two sons, ages 6 and 11, with their father and never looked back.

“I abandoned my kids. I was living on the streets in another state and I got involved with a rough crowd. I got beaten badly and was left on the side of the road. A little old man named Fred found me and was able to get enough information from me that he got me a bus ticket and sent me back home. He said, ‘Don’t ever look back. You need to get on this bus and keep going or you are going to die.’ At that moment, I decided to do things differently this time. I went to Alpha Home. Alpha Home gave me a foundation and the tools I needed for sobriety. I found God at Alpha Home. I found compassion and understanding. Alpha Home also taught me how to talk to my kids and help me mend my relationships with my sons. This place saved my life. If it wasn’t for Alpha Home I wouldn’t have the life I have today . I got remarried in sobriety and we had a little girl. I get to be engaged in my child’s life today. I know my daughter’s likes, dislikes, and her facial expressions; I can tell you anything about her and this is completely different than before. They say if you stay sober your deepest desires will come to life. This is true and I am the best mom to my daughter and two sons today because of it. This is what makes me the happiest.”

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