March 18, 2024

What is the Rehab Success Rate?

Rehab success rates are difficult to assess given all of the different forms of treatment and definitions of what constitutes "success." For example, attending a detox program for just a few days and then immediately relapsing would not constitute success, while continuing addiction therapy treatment and remaining on course is considered positive results.

At the core, success in rehab depends on an individual and their willingness to seek assistance for their substance abuse issue. Most successful patients enter treatment facilities on their own volition and commit themselves fully to making a difference for the better; additionally, the more committed one is to sobriety over time, the higher their odds will be of long-term success.

Though many addiction treatment centers boast high success rates, no global standard exists to assess success rates. Some facilities use retention numbers after length of stay as an indicator, while other use more extensive follow up testing to ascertain whether their clientele remains drug free months and years post treatment.

Other considerations for drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs include improved work and school performance, strengthened relationships between friends and family members, and longer intervals between relapses. Relapses are quite common - up to 60 percent of those undergoing rehabilitation eventually experience one - but should not be seen as failure because addiction is a chronic disease that recurs just like diabetes or asthma.


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