Drug Addiction Treatment Works, Says New Survey
Research explores a lot of things related to recovery, but one thing that is rarely touched upon is the long-term efficacy of rehabilitation. How long are people staying clean and sober after rehab, on average? Is it good for the patient? How about their family or their community?
According to a Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) report, the benefits of treatment are many and success stories are everywhere. The doom and gloom that comes with untreated addiction is often the focus, but today, we’re taking a look at the hope that comes with effective addiction treatment.
- Domestic violence rates among those who went to rehab dropped from 40 percent to 10 percent.
- Involvement of the addicted patient in their family’s activities increased by 50 percent after treatment.
- About 80 percent of people who went through recovery paid their taxes, as compared to about 50 percent who were actively abusing drugs and alcohol. Interesting note: only about 54 percent of the non-addicted population pay their taxes in a given year.
- About 20 percent of patients in recovery had health insurance while 39 percent of addicts had no coverage.
- After going to drug rehab, the number of arrests among the addiction patient population dropped tenfold. The amount of jail time dropped sevenfold. Only 5 percent of those in recovery were arrested as compared to 4.4 percent of the non-addicted population.
- About 50 percent of addicts who entered treatment reported losing their jobs during their active addiction. After treatment, employment rose by 50 percent.
- Both volunteering rates and voting rates among the post-rehab population rose significantly as compared to the actively addicted.
These are all undeniably positive changes and while there is no cure for addiction, as the research indicates, there are certainly a number of evidence-based and effective treatments for the disorder and patients who take advantage of them benefit in a number of ways.
Your Loved One’s Best Shot at a New Life: Drug and Alcohol Rehab
It’s important to note that the survey is a first step toward exploring the efficacy of treatment. More research done in the future will hopefully reveal more in terms of how drug rehab changes lives. That said, drug rehab is always a better choice than ignoring the problem. Contact us at Orchid Recovery Center today to learn more about how we can help your loved one heal from chronic abuse of drugs and alcohol.