Why is Longterm Drug Rehab the most Effective?
Many times we get calls from persons that have attended short term drug rehabs, usually meaning 14 to 28 days long, who have failed and they and their loved ones believe that if they would have attended a long term drug rehab program, they would have found success.
This is similar to the thinking of someone who is taking drugs in that they always feel that if one beer or one joint can make them feel “good” then more will make them feel better. In actuality, this leads to many overdoses and when it isn’t physically dangerous, it usually doesn’t make them feel better.
This idea that longterm drug rehab will make up for the mistakes that obviously happened with the ineffective previous treatment is also being promoted by the rehab programs that are wanting a second chance to conquer your addiction. Our experience has shown us that the people working in rehab are very caring and are frustrated by the lack of success they have in their jobs, and will, therefore, do anything they can to help you or a loved one recover. Unfortunately, it takes more than just having the desire to help or having a long term drug rehab center experience. Addiction has fundamental causative agents and if they are not addressed, success rarely happens.
So it isn’t how long someone is in addiction treatment that makes the difference, it all depends on what alcohol and drug therapies are being applied. (one would think this to be a no-brainer, but it doesn’t appear to be) There are many factors that can be considered when chosing a alcohol and drug rehab center or any type of alcohol and drug treatment, but the real test needs to be whether the drug rehab program is successful or not for most of those who attend and graduate.
Again, this should be the obvious determining factor in picking a rehab facility, but you would be surprised at how many other consideration are given higher priority. Some of this confusion is due to the confused field of alcohol and drug treatment, but families in stress with a loved one that is threatening his own survival and that of the entire family are not seeing things analytically, but are being very reactionary. Hence, the purpose of our helpline and this website. Take your time to get the facts that matter.
So, how do you determine success in regards to alcohol and drug treatment?
The most obvious measure is wheher or not the former addict or alcoholic can stop those behaviors for ever. Many will tell you that addiction is a disease of relapse. This is nothing more than a “medical-sounding” jargon to justify the fact that their center can’t ensure you a lasting success in these terms.
Effective longterm drug rehab centers should have three to five years of statistics showing that a minimum of 50% of their graduates have stay alcohol and drug free, post graduation. There are many that would scoff at this statement, but Drug Rehab Center Network has reviewed hundreds of treatment centers on site and has found approximately 15 centers that routinely uphold these stats. We estimate that 98% of the rehab programs in t he US far very short of this figure. The truth be known that they run between 3-5% over the same time period.
The next question is how do you, as a consumer of alcohol and drug treatment therapies, find the truth when examining outcome data? This isn’t as difficult as it may appear. To get the exact percentage of success, related to a specific number of graduates is a matter of whether the programs is doing those types of outcome studies and whether you can believe what they are telling you. However, there are more reliable methods of establishing the effectiveness of a particular alcohol or drug treatment center.
Ask for the names and numbers of graduates and, of course, talk to their loved ones as well. Talk to a few, since it would be inpractical to secure a high percentage of the graduates names because many people will not want to expose their medical experience to the public and they have legal protection to stay anonymous, but there will always be a some that are very willing to share their success.
You won’t get the names of those that left the program disgruntled or those that are not doing well, but the successful graduates that you spak to can give ou an good estimate of what percentage of their “graduating class” are still doing well. Many of these graduates will have had other treatment episodes in the past and they will be able to give you a comparative analysis of this last program to their previous treatment failures. This information is antedotal, but it is also invaluable. Alcoholics and drug addicts can be the most critical consumers and if they are wiling to speak well for a program, you have accomplished one part of establishing the validity of this particular treatment center.
Armed with this information, you should now call one of our counselors so that we can help you determine the total validity of your information. More than likely we will concur with your findings, but we have other questions that might reveal further considerations in helping you make the right decision.
We could tell you which drug treatment centers we know have outstanding successes, but it is better if you do much of this work on your own so that you will begin to learn what are the indicators of success and failure. All of this information will help in the long term recovery of your loved one.
Keep in mind that many treatment centers use the government criteria of redusing the incidence of alcohol and drug use as an indicator of success. We know that a reduction is only temporary and will not lead to a life of fulfilling accomplishments.
How do I know if I Should go to a Longterm Drug Rehab that Treats Mental Health Disorder and Substance Abuse Problems?
Being diagnosed with a mental health or psychiatric problem is very common with people that have addiction problems. However, one has to be extremely cautious in accepting mental health diagnosis as being correct because many of the manifestations of addiction mimic mental health problems.
It is very common to have an addict describe his problem as being part of an earlier diagnosed psychiatric disorder. Most methamphetamine addicts that have seen a mental health professional will be diagnosed as being manic/depressive because of their obvious behaviors of being highly excitable and when the drug wares off, they will fall into a deep depression. These people have a chemical imbalance that is self-induced and is not a classic psychiatric problem. Once the meth is removed from their lives and their bodies, they no longer experience these mood swings.
However, there are some people that truly have psychiatric problems along with addiction disorders. These people usually have a history of mental health problems before they started abusing alcohol or other drugs.
It is easy for a loved one to assign a psychiatric problem to the addict’s behavior since this field doesn’t claim many successes in their treatments and since most addicts don’t receive effective drug treatment, it becomes the diagnosis of last resort.
There are rehab centers that treat those who have a combination of a mental health disorder and an addictive disorder. These programs are referred to as dual-diagnosis or co-occurring treatment facilities.
Any addict that needs to be on psychiatric medications to handle their thoughts and feelings would not fit well into an addiction treatment facility that is working towards their patients being totally drug-free, which includes psychiatric medications. As a rule of thumb, you don’t need a dual-diagnosis program unless you have had serious mental health disorders prior to your using addictive drugs.
You can’t be too careful deciding that at dual-diagnosis program is appropriate since these programs have poor outcomes in handling substance abuse problems. If you or your loved ones are not sure if you should go to a substance abuse treatment center or a dual-diagnosis program, you should opt for the alcohol and drug rehab and not the dual-diagnosis program.
After following these guidelines, you still don’t know which type of rehab would be best; you should first contact an alcohol and drug rehab and explain your problems. Any good drug rehab will be able to help you make the proper decision since they will do a thorough screening of your condition before they admit you into their rehab. These experienced professionals know what signs and symptoms to look for in order to make the proper differential diagnosis.
For additional information on longterm drug rehab, it is good to see what information is on a site that is dedicated to longterm drug rehab only. Click here to go to: Longterm Drug Rehab.com