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Blog post: Success rate and treatment

By Melissa Dobbertin, Alpha Home Admissions/Outpatient Program Director

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?

Beauty and the Big Give Video

Check out the premiere of Alpha Home’s “Beauty and the Big Give” video and donate to our The Big Give SA campaign starting TODAY to help us get a new passenger van for our clients.

“A van can be such a blessing; it will help us on the pathway to recovery… Big Give, Give Today, How Do I Do it? Big Give, Online, Please Help, We Need A Van!”

Donate at https://www.thebiggivesa.org/organizations/alpha-home#BigGive2017

Thank you, Alpha Home volunteers!

Meet some of the volunteers that give time to help Alpha Home! Last year, a total of 7,810 volunteer hours were logged at Alpha Home. Thank you to these individuals and groups that truly make a difference in the lives of our clients and our community.

Together, we are committed to offer a pathway of help, hope, and healing through spiritually based drug and alcohol treatment and support.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

Thank you, Alpha Home volunteers! from Alpha Home on Vimeo.

Join Alpha Home at Siclovia!

 

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Find Alpha Home along the Siclovia route on Sunday, March 26th! We’ll be passing out goodies and have games on hand for anyone that stops by our booth.

Síclovía is a FREE event that turns major city streets in to a safe place for people to exercise and play. The streets become temporarily car-free for about 5 hours for families to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes, enjoy their city streets and get to know their community.

Check out the route!
http://ymcasatx.org/siclovia/route

Opening ceremonies will be held at Roosevelt Park approximately at 10:40 a.m.
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The best luncheon ever!

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Thank you for joining us in celebrating Alpha Home at our 11th Annual Doorways of Hope luncheon. This year, we had the honor of having actor/producer, Danny Trejo, as our featured keynote speaker. He gave an inspirational talk about his own journey to recovery. This event was inspiring, fun and Danny was quite simply a gentleman.
The donations, sponsorships and raffle sales made this event Alpha Home’s most successful luncheon ever. We hit our goal of raising over $100,000! Thank you for your support of Alpha Home!
Special thanks to Valero Energy Foundation, Presenting Sponsor of Alpha Home’s 11th Annual Doorways of Hope Luncheon
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Alpha Home gets two new playground sets

Children who visit Alpha Home will have a new place to play thanks to a grant from The Charity Ball Association. Here are some pictures from the recent installation of the equipment. The playground sets will provide a cheerful space for supervised visits and for hands-on teaching of parenting skills. (Backyard Adventures San Antonio)

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Thanks to The Charity Ball Association for providing Alpha Home with the grant and Backyard Adventures San Antonio for installing the equipment.

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We met the challenge!

We are thrilled to report that thanks to you we have met a $10,000 matching challenge grant before our deadline! 44 donors came together in just over a week to double the $10,000 challenge grant to make over $20,000 in gifts to Alpha Home!

Thanks to everyone who donated, especially the anonymous donor who challenged us.

The money raised will go directly to fund Alpha Home programming that support responsible, stable and long-term sobriety.

Warmest regards,

Angela White
Alpha Home, Chief Executive Officer

 

Urgent! We have a challenge for you!

 

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We are overjoyed to announce that we have received — from an Anonymous donor — a generous matching grant for $10,000!

Any gift given between now and Thursday, December 29, 2016, will count double.

Please be as generous as you are able to and know that every dollar goes to help fund programming and initiatives at Alpha Home that support responsible, stable and long-term sobriety.

If you mail in your donation, or give online, please reference “Challenge Gift,” so it will count double.

Thank you on behalf of Alpha Home and its clients!