The treatment of addiction has progressed significantly over the last 75 years. When Dr. Bob and Bill W. founded Alcoholics Anonymous over 75 years ago, people viewed addiction as a character flaw. Today, most addiction professionals understand that genetics, mental health, trauma and environment play varying roles in each person’s substance abuse problem.
The treatment of substance abuse has advanced as a result, and evidence strongly suggests that rehab can work for addicts even in the most serious cases.
What the Experts Say
Addiction is a chronic, lifelong disease defined by the inability to control how often or how much you use drugs or alcohol. Even after achieving sobriety, persistent cravings and temptation mix with complex emotions to cause relapse. Using negatively affects executive functions such as learning, memory, decision-making skills and perceived reward. Sometimes, these changes are permanent. That’s why the most recent evidence-based studies suggest that individuals who agree to lifelong counseling often achieve more successful outcomes.
That doesn’t mean you or your loved one has to live at a rehab center forever. It does mean that following up inpatient care with regular addiction counseling, or with participation in a 12-Step group such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, is important. Continued counseling not only provides a sense of accountability, but it also supports you through the inevitable cravings and temptations you will face through sobriety.
Rehab Success Rates
Not every rehab and counseling program provides the same quality of care. Choosing the recovery program that is right for you can make a big difference in your sobriety.
View our rankings of the most successful rehab programs in the United States, or call a counselor for more information.