January 22, 2016
In this new age of information, with the speed of the internet and the speed at which information is flung across the web, unfortunately, misinformation along with true facts have become muddy to the point of obscurity, to the point that finding facts about anything has become a tedious task. There seems to be some moral confusion as of late concerning the efficacy of rehab and treatment centers.
Below is a list of 6 unknown studied facts regarding drug rehabilitation centers.
6. Alcoholics are the Most Accepted Into Rehab
In America, and much of the rest of the world, the alcohol business thrives unrivaled to that of any other market worldwide.
In fact, Americans enjoy their alcoholic beverages so much that in a country with around 300 million people, 23.6 million are considered alcohol abusers, grand totaling to a whopping 8 percent.
That being the case, it seems barely surprising that the main addicts accepted into rehab centers are always going to skew slightly towards alcoholics than any other substance abuser.
Coincidentally, alcohol abusers tend to also be the ones with the lowest relapse rate, having the most successful rates, even when adjusting for the larger numbers as opposed to the other addicts.
5. Only About 10% of Alcoholics Ever Seek Help
Going back to the number of alcohol abusers in the country, which is 23.6 million adults, amassing to about 8% of those afflicted with the disease, only about 10 percent of even those 23.6 million will ever seek help, the lowest of all those with any kind of chemical addiction. This alone probably explains the gap between alcohol withdrawal deaths being monumentally higher than that of all other drugs (legal and illegal) combined.
Alcohol abuse in America is the most overlooked addiction and disease, which in turn leaves many uneducated to the dangers of it. Worse yet, is that the failure to recognize such a severe disease, only adds to the number of cases being tallied year after year.
Alcohol abuse and sales, in fact, has only gone up within just the last 10 years, while alcohol abuse awareness has all but been eliminated.
One is left to wonder if whether the conglomerate business of alcohol are partly or mainly to blame. The reason as of yet is unsure, but the grave problem most certainly isn’t.
4. More Alcohol Rehabs = Less Crime, Better Economy
In a landmark study conducted by economist Steven Levitt from the University of Chicago, also author of the international best-selling book “Freakonomics” and its sequel “Superfreakonomics”, he found that in a series of studies across the country comparing the largest cities, the more rehabilitation-oriented a city was, so as to say following a treatment over punishment model, crime around the time of its implementation would dramatically fall to record lows.
In addition to the lower crime rates, whether correlated or not, the local economy would have sporadic fluctuations until somehow always equalizing on the higher side. What that meant could best be explained by the fact that, anytime the economy went haywire, if the city was rehab oriented, profits would show to be on the higher side by the end of the day, while those cities more punishment oriented, the local economy would, for the most part, remains stagnate.
3. Rehab Clients Tend To Do Better in School and Careers
The university of Rhode Island conducted a study to understand the efficacy of drug rehabilitation programs. Within that study, it was found that those who completed some kind of rehabilitation program, were on average, more likely to succeed than their counterparts in school, work, and anything progress related.
Another part of the study even reported that if compared to just the average American population of non-substance abusers, those that completed treatment were still more likely to succeed than people who have never had to get treated.
Many have theories as to the explanation for why addicts that complete treatment are more able to succeed, but a theory which holds the most ground academically is what is called the “held down syndrome”. This theory goes as follows: due to the already difficult and challenging life many addicts struggle with, those which battle addictions and succeed, are already mentally more fit than the average person. The average person when succumbed to addiction, tend to have a less likely outcome of rising above, so the ones that do, are already by their very nature extraordinary as compared to the average.
2. Rehab Has Been Shown to Further Connections Between Family Members.
Whether or not treatment has been successful or not, tends to not play into what is called an “unintended consequence” of rehab programs.
An unintended consequence means that a side effect of a given action, created a side effect not expected.
Sometimes these vary from the obtrusive to bothersome to helpful, thankfully, rehab has had a highly positive consequence. From the earlier referenced study from the University of Rhode Island, a correlation was found in the reported happiness and all together connectedness by the families of those whose family member is going through rehab.
Although the direct cause seems to be harder to ascertain than the study conducted, it is believed that a main factor why that is happening is that people already going through treatment, typically already come from a more reinforced family in the first place to even be placed there from the start.
It is also believed that during the rehabilitation process, families tend to worry more about their loved ones, further entrenching them more to one another.
In direct contrast, families of those who had a substance abuse problem, yet never received treatment, had a higher chance of living in an unsatisfied household comparatively.
1. Aftercare in Rehabs Produce More Success
Another study found that the longer a substance abuser followed through a treatment program, the more likely they are to not relapse.
This controversial fact has been hotly debated over several different schools of thought, simply because it challenges the current model for psychological help.
It seems that there is a marker of 5 years.
If a person completes treatment and fails to relapse within those 5 years, either due to aftercare or not (although those who attended aftercare programs were more likely to succeed), the odds of that individual relapsing later in the future fall drastically beyond the levels yet predicted.
So after the 5-year marker, if one remains sober, the odds of staying sober surpass the odds of relapsing. Compound to that fact that every 5 years, the odds of not falling into relapse double. The growth then becomes exponential.
While my attempt to make this a comprehensive list might have fallen short, it is only because the science behind it all is still coming in. There seems to be two circles of science when it comes to rehabilitation or treatment centers as of now, one group seems to think that the variables involving each person are still too large to really narrow down the cause of what works on an individual or not, whether rehab works or not. The other group thinks that the science is already here, but that the lack of pushing this information out, simply delays help, in which many people might currently need knowledge of.
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Whichever camp people fall in, one thing should be abundantly clear, the decision ultimately lies within the individual in question. It seems the most important variable for success in any treatment or rehab center tends to be the willingness of the individual. Contact Ocean Breeze Recovery today at 1.855.960.5341 to speak to a specialist about beginning your journey of recovery.