If you’ve tried and failed to get clean and sober on your own, you may be ready to take the step of seeking outside help for your addiction. For some, however, past failures and desperation have taken a huge hit on the hope that freedom is possible. You may be wondering, does rehab work?
Because all of the residential treatment programs at the country’s rehabs are so different, it’s been hard for industry officials to come up with a success rate across the board. Some rehabs calculate their success rate based on how many people finish the program – not considering whether they stay clean and sober for the long term. Others only follow up a few months later – not taking into account how long past clients are able to stay clean and sober down the road.
At the end of the day, it’s not as important to know if rehab works for everyone. It’s most important to know if it will work for you.
And while you can’t know for sure – because addiction is so powerful – there are many things that you and the staff at your addiction treatment facility can do to set you up for long-term success in recovery.
First, commit to a full course of addiction treatment.
When you go to rehab, you need to be prepared to go through detox and a full residential treatment plan as directed by the medical and therapeutic staff at your facility. While financial concerns may be a factor, following their recommendations for length of stay as closely as possible means you won’t start recovery at a disadvantage.
Next, try to remain open to the many different therapeutic techniques utilized by the staff at your residential treatment facility.
Quality treatment centers offer a wide variety of treatments: from group sessions to one-on-one counseling and more cutting-edge techniques like breathwork or music therapy.
You never know how a particular treatment will affect you, so try to stay open to them all as you move through your treatment plan.
Finally, one of the most important factors in determining recovery success after treatment is the strength of your support network.
At The Mend, our staff will work closely with you to develop an after-care program and check in with you after discharge, so you feel fully supported in moving to the next stage of recovery. Keeping in touch with recovery friends you meet through treatment or 12-Step meetings can help secure your recovery a well.
So does rehab work?
As they say in the rooms of the 12 Step programs, “It works if you work it.” Willingness might be the key characteristic that can define whether rehab will work for you.
If you’re still not sure whether the time is right to quit drugs or alcohol, take our 10-question quiz HERE.