How Often Do People Recover from Addiction?

How Often Do People Recover from Addiction?
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If you or someone you care about is searching for an effective addiction recovery program, you probably want to know if the treatment really works. Unfortunately, there is no standard definition of addiction treatment. So how can you tell how often people recover from addiction?

Addiction treatment can refer to many types of treatment, including outpatient, residential, luxury, holistic, evidence-based, and alternative therapies. Because there is no single standard for defining rehab, it’s impossible to measure addiction therapy’s overall success.

That doesn’t mean potential patients are powerless to identify which treatment programs are best-suited to help them attain long-term recovery.

Addiction Recovery and Relapse Rates

Approximately half of those who have completed a treatment program relapse within the first 30 days after leaving treatment, and 85% relapse within the first year. On the surface, those numbers sound alarming, but they don’t paint the whole picture. Many recovery experts compare those statistics to similar relapse rates in other chronic illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Relapse statistics aren’t a reliable resource for establishing long-term success rates. A relapse doesn’t mean a return to regular substance use is inevitable. Many regain sobriety quickly after a relapse by returning to rehab or becoming more active in their recovery network.

What may be just as crucial as relapse rates is that around 80% of rehab patients say they benefited from treatment, and their health and quality of life improved.

Finding an Addiction Recovery Program That Works

Sometimes, a patient’s quality of care may contribute to their lack of recovery success. Not all treatment centers are equal. Finding a program that’s a good fit is also an issue. It is possible to receive excellent care and still not benefit from treatment because it’s not the right time or the right program for your needs.

Programs that provide various treatment options and a balance between evidence-based, holistic, traditional, and alternative therapies give every patient the best chance at success. By offering different types of treatments, they ensure that more people will find the help they need.

For the best chance of long-term success, look for a treatment center that provides comprehensive therapies such as:

  • In-house detox center with medical supervision
  • Residential treatment — a live-in center that provides 24-hour supervision
  • An intensive outpatient program (IOP) — allows patients to live at home while receiving a set number of hours of therapy
  • A partial hospitalization program (PHP) — will enable patients to live at home while receiving a set number of hours of therapy
  • Holistic treatments — body-mind-spirit therapies help patients learn how to manage stress and address self-care issues that have been ignored
  • 12-Step and alternative programs
  • Self-management and recovery training (SMART)
  • Sober living program
  • Relapse prevention therapy
  • Counseling therapies for groups, families, and individuals
  • Traditional treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Alternative therapies like NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide)
  • Holistic therapies such as nutrition therapy

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs

In addition to the above therapies, a treatment center that provides dual-diagnosis care for co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD is also helpful. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that approximately 9.2 million people with a substance use disorder also have an additional mental health disorder.

Patients must address all of their mental health concerns if they are to maintain sobriety in the long term and recover from addiction.

Finding a treatment center that provides several approaches to addiction treatment, including treatment for common disorders like depression and anxiety, will help you build a strong foundation for recovery that stands the test of time.

Recover From Addiction with Clear Life Recovery

At Clear Life Recovery, we recognize that each person’s journey through recovery is unique. Successful treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula. We are committed to providing our patients with various effective treatments that help them succeed.

If you or a loved one needs addiction recovery services, we’re here to help. Call Clear Life Recovery today and learn more about our treatment options.


About Benjamin Hogan

Over the years, Benjamin has held positions in many different areas of alcohol and drug addiction services all over the country. He made a name for himself as an interventionist and has held certification as a Certified National Drug and Alcohol Interventionist (CNDAI-II). Benjamin specializes in helping support families of people struggling with addiction by focusing on education and instilling healthy boundaries to ensure lasting changes. Addiction is a progressive disease, but using an evidence-based approach, an intervention, when done correctly, can help to increase the willingness of a loved one to seek sobriety faster. "In my experience, by helping families make necessary changes, they not only get their lives back, but they also help change the mind of their loved one more quickly. In an intervention, family and other loved ones take a proactive approach, instead of waiting and being stuck between fear and (false) hope. I realized in my own recovery, that when my family changed, I had to change in response. That is where I found sobriety. This is why I believe in what I do!"