just read an article from the addiction
recovery newsletter on treatment myths.
my observation is that people generally
feel that there is a certain rehab that will
"work" for an individual.
If they only find that 3 or 4 week center
their problem might be solved.
personal experience has shown me that
the vast majority of rehabs offer some
education about the physical, mental
and emotional aspects of addiction and
the downside is, these rehabs merely
recommend 12 step programs as a
long term solution to continued wellness.
examining the success rates of 12 step
models, they have been lacking in
providing long term recovery rates
as announced by aa's own worldwide
council, as hovering around 5%.
pretty dismal odds and hopefully
a wake-up call to the entire industry
that there has to be another way.
while there are non 12 step rehabs
available, they are quite rare.
these rehabs view addiction as
learned behaviors that can be addressed
through behavior modification, rather
than a lifelong of meetings.
until we re-examine the currently
accepted "disease concept" of
addiction, recovery rates will
remain dismal at best.