Comparing Drug Rehab Success Rates
I had a talk with our Program Director, Geoff Thompson, today. We were discussing the claims made by other addiction treatment facilities. I thought a lot of people interested in addictions, treatment, prevention, and education would find our conversation interesting. Here’s what Geoff said to me…
Treatment Centers’ Research ≠ Scholar Research
The only treatment center success rates worth comparing are those published in accepted APA journals. These journals hold incredibly high standards of proof and all research must go through rigorous examination by a panel and other credentialed peers in the field before being published. True research evidence about abstinence rates must follow the accepted rules of scholarship to be valid. Almost all treatment centers use their own in-house methods for choosing the sample, the exclusions, the methodology, etc. Claims of 90% abstinence are widely agreed to be patently ridiculous by acknowledged experts in psychology and not worth paying attention to.
Quality and Credentialed Staff and Addiction Treatment Programs
The medical community labels something a “cure” if it works for 75% of patients. An addiction treatment program with a 90% success rate would be heralded throughout the land if it could prove such a claim using accepted measurements and methods. The therapy guiding our treatment programs at SCHC come from research published in APA journals. Geoff himself has published his own research on SCHC in several different APA journals and received distinct honour. Few other treatment centers can produce this type of quality in staffing, research acceptance, and evidence for their programming. Geoff also says:
Our Evidence-based Program
At SCHC, we run an evidence-based model that is rock solid in clinical psychology. Our meaning therapy model represents the only existing frame-work that makes sense of the various techniques shown to be used in treating individuals with addiction. This model is proven not only in design, but in practice. For 10 years we have shown that not only could we develop a model for drug rehab and alcohol treatment that was recognized by the research community, we could also operate it successfully and change thousands of lives.