Does Rehab Work?
Regardless of your substance of choice there is likely a rehab facility out there claiming to treat your specific addiction. However, understanding if it is actually working can be a bit harder to determine. The Office of National Drug Control Policy issued a white paper outlining exactly what it means to have rehab “work” and the positive effects clients should experience upon discharge.
- Reduced drug/alcohol use
- Improved employability (ie: number of days working or in school)
- Improved interpersonal relationships
- Improved mental health
- Reduced criminal activity
Keep in mind that addiction is a personal journey and should someone not experience these effects, they may need to stay in treatment longer, receive care in another facility, or explore other forms of substance abuse treatment.