Are Alcohol Programs Required to Post Their Success Statistics?

After enduring months or years of living with an addiction, there will come a time when you need to address what it is doing to your life. The data is very clear. The longer you stay in the cycle of addiction, the more damage you are going to do. The damage is likely to include destroying your career, hurting family and friends, and ruining your physical and mental health.

It’s no secret that the only viable way to arrest your addiction is by going into a rehab facility. Rest assured, all those internet quick fixes you can read about don’t work. They can motivate you to stop using drugs/alcohol, but they do nothing to address the underlying causes of your addiction. Not addressing the causes will most likely result in you living a life of chronic relapses.

As you start your search for the right drug and alcohol treatment center, you will have to make choices. If you have never been through treatment, you probably won’t know what to look for or what to expect from the treatment process. At the absolute least, you will want to find a rehab that has a reputation for treating clients who don’t relapse.

How do you find out about rehab success rates? Please read the following.

Are Alcohol Programs Required to Post Their Success Statistics?

Before the turn of the century, the nation’s relapse rates for drug and alcohol addiction sat at around 70%. Clearly, a success rate of 30% is not very encouraging. Fortunately, the numbers have gotten better in recent years. How do we know that? The fact is there are several very important organizations that track addiction treatment data. The list includes (but is not limited to):

  • The National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • The World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • Medicare and insurance companies

All of these organizations collect and analyze data related to drug and alcohol abuse. Of course, they can’t gather data on their own. They need help from organizations that are on the front lines of the battle against addiction. Who is on the front line in the battle? Yes, the nation’s drug and alcohol treatment centers.

For better or worse, the information these organizations report is only as good as the data they collect. Let’s discuss this topic in more detail.

No Mandated Reporting Requirements

To answer the titled question, there are no laws or government mandates that require rehab facilities to provide their success statistics. At the state and federal levels, the government might threaten to suspend appropriations/medicare insurance payments for rehabs that don’t cooperate in the reporting process. Unfortunately, that only impacts rehabs that are somewhat supported through government funding.

What the aforementioned agencies are counting on is responsible behavior among the addiction treatment community. Most people in the community understand that information is of vital importance. It helps to identify trends regarding drug/alcohol abuse and treatment methods. That is why a lot of rehabs try to comply with data requests.

Unfortunately, some rehabs don’t have the human and financial resources necessary to track and collect information. Even if they do, they might not be willing to share it, especially if they feel it reflects poorly on their facility. Also, the reliability of data depends on the honestly of clients. If clients attend different rehabs, they may not disclose other treatment experiences. That creates incomplete data.

Why Success Rates Should Matter to You

When you decide to seek help, you want the best help you can get. Success statistics can help point the way to facilities that seem to have treatment programs that work. You want to find a rehab that has a success rate that exceeds the national average, no matter how reliable that data might be.

The best decision you can make for yourself is to limit your rehab choices to facilities that willingly provide treatment data. The rehabs with nothing to hide will be the ones you want helping you with your recovery.

If you are ready to seek treatment, we would be happy to provide you with any information you need. We want you to see that we do offer treatment services that work. If you would like to learn more, our representatives are available 24/7. Call us today at 833-762-3739.