Does Rehab Work?
There is some debate among proponents of drug addiction rehab as to the success rates of various types of services. As with any other industry, there are some service providers who enjoy very high success rates and others who do not. Much of it depends on a combination of the services offered and the attitudes of those undergoing rehab treatment.
According to the NHS‘ National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, only 2% of those seeking drug rehab services take advantage of residential treatment. The remaining 98% seek treatment via support groups, counselling providers, charities, and free NHS services. The relatively low participation in residential treatment is also a significant factor in success rates.
The NHS also says the best treatment programmes can have a 60% success rate or higher while the worst can be as low as 20%. Success is typically demonstrated by an addict being drug or alcohol free two years after treatment has been completed.
The Best of the Best
Despite the fact that there are some drug and alcohol addiction rehab centres with success rates of 20% or worse, the best of the best are just the opposite. As an example, the BBC profiled one clinic in Newcastle that boasted a 75% success rate in 2011. Three out of every four addicts that completed their programme were still substance free two years later.
The key here is the fact that those who succeeded actually completed the programme. This is an important distinction. If an addict never completes his or her programme, it is nearly impossible to achieve long-term sobriety. And unfortunately, the NHS says nearly two-thirds of all addicts entering rehab drop out within the first few weeks. This includes both residential and outpatient treatment.
If you are currently struggling with drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, here’s the take away: if you’re willing to find a way to enrol in a residential programme and complete it, you stand a good chance of achieving being addiction free for the rest of your life. You stand no chance if you don’t participate in a programme or if you start but do not finish.
The Case for Residential Treatment
The NHS says residential treatment is most effective when dealing with complex cases. We disagree. Residential treatment is the most effective rehab option for every case, regardless of its complexity. After all, are all addictions not complex to one extent or another?
The reason residential treatment enjoys a much higher success rate than outpatient programmes is clearly demonstrated in the philosophy behind such programmes. By its nature, residential treatment is designed around the principle of completely separating the addict from his or her current circumstances in order that he or she might concentrate all of their energies on getting well. Residential treatment removes all distractions and temptations from the equation.
Outpatient programmes are just the opposite. Clients come to the outpatient facility on a regular basis where they undergo treatment for a couple of hours at a time. At the end of the day, they return home to the same circumstances they left that morning. They return home to the same pressures, the same temptations, and the same enablers. Achieving long-term sobriety through this type of treatment is extremely difficult.
The Cost of Residential Treatment
The most recent statistics suggest the average cost for residential treatment is about £600 per week. However, keep in mind that is the average. There are plenty of exclusive luxury rehab clinics that charge significantly more and an equal number that charge significantly less. There are enough rehab clinics in the UK and beyond that it’s possible to find one that fits just about any budget.
If you are curious as to what you are paying for when you enrol in a residential treatment programme, consider the following:
- Medical Staff – A residential rehab programme is operated by trained medical staff who specialise in these types of treatments. Along with their support staff, they need to be paid. Part of the cost of residential treatment goes toward paying their salaries.
- Medication – In cases where medication is used for drug or alcohol detox or rehab purposes, it is available within the framework of residential treatment. Part of the treatment fee goes to pay for medication.
- Food and Housing – Obviously, it costs the rehab centre to provide food and housing to residential clients. Food and housing makes up the second-largest expenditure residential centres incur.
There may be other expenses involved as well. In any case, investing in residential treatment is an investment in your future. If you need help and you can find a way to pay for residential care, it is a much better option than free programmes offered by the NHS.
The good news is that most private health insurance plans cover the cost of drug and alcohol rehab. You will need to check with your insurance carrier to be sure. If you don’t have health insurance, you may be able to pay for your treatment with a personal loan, a credit card account, or donations offered by your family members and friends.
Get Started on Your Success Story
As we stated earlier, the success rate of any drug or alcohol rehab programme depends, in part, on the attitude of individual clients. If you need help with an abuse or addiction problem, your attitude is vital to your success as well. When you are ready to start writing your all success story, we are ready to help you.
We are a confidential referral agency specialising in matching drug and alcohol addicts with appropriate clinics. We make it our business to know what types of services are being offered all around the United Kingdom and beyond. We know what is available for you.
All you need do to begin writing your success story is contact us via the telephone or e-mail. One of our staff members will immediately get to work on your case. We will discuss your options with you, recommend the wisest course of action, and help you make admission arrangements when you are ready.