Fact: Addiction treatment success rates are often lower than 20% ! Addiction research shows that quarterly follow-ups may help us improve success by offering continuous support and recognizing problems earlier.
Addiction is a chronic disease
The thing is that addiction is much more similar to many chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. The compliance rates and follow-through with treatment for these conditions is fairly low. For example, only 27% of patients with high blood pressure have their hypertension under control and only 46% of diabetics have their diabetes effectively managed. For these kinds of conditions, short term interventions (less than 3 months) have produced positive findings only 38% of the time while long term ones (12 months or more) produced success rates as high as 100%. Still, addiction treatment rarely extends past a few months.
Today’s rehab services
More than half of patients entering addiction treatment are there for their 3rd, 4th, or 5th treatment episode. Still, most patients who leave treatment return to use within 30-90 days of their release. This use is associated with 6-11 times the risk of dying!!!