There is no concrete way to measure success in rehab. This is because different rehabs measure success in different ways. In some cases, success is simply seen as completing the entire drug treatment program. In other cases, success means complete abstinence from drug use and no relapses after the drug treatment program ends. Although it isn’t desirable, relapses do often occur, as they do with any other disease. When this happens, those that have received drug treatment and their families often feel like the treatment failed. This isn’t the case. True drug treatment success, both in and out of rehab, involves continuous evaluation. This allows treatment providers to modify an individual’s rehab program when necessary to prevent relapses from occurring after treatment is discontinued.
Success After Rehab
While success in drug rehab is important, what follows after treatment ends is even more important. Continued drug treatment progress is an extension of the success that is found while still in rehab. This includes continued therapy, exploring alternative treatments if necessary, and adjusting current treatments when needed. Ideally treatment should continue after rehab for the most successful outcome. This is because treatment is a long term process. Treatment doesn’t end after a few months in rehab. Instead, it must be maintained with aftercare and continued effort on the part of the patient and their treatment providers.
The True Success of Rehab
Entering a rehab facility and completing a drug treatment program isn’t the true success of drug rehab. The overall goal of stopping drug abuse is to help patients begin a new life or get their old life back on track. Successful drug treatment allows patients to return to their families and communities to live productive lives. It also helps to address any underlying issues that led to the drug addiction. This includes helping patients to deal with depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Those who continue to address those issues while also continuing outpatient drug treatment have a higher rate of success. Even so, the level of success a patient experiences ultimately comes down to the level of commitment they have to their treatment, the extent of their addiction, the type of follow-up care they receive after rehab, and the quality of their interactions with their treatment provider.
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