While there are thousands of addiction treatment programs with the aim of assisting those with drug or alcohol abuse issues to recovery, for many participants, even treatment expenditure of tens of thousands of dollars may not be enough to ensure lasting sobriety. Nor is that necessarily their fault, with too many programs simply failing to use proven methods for dealing with the underlying causes of addiction and triggers for relapse.
It is bad enough news that only around 1 in 10 of the 23.5 million teenagers and adults struggling with alcohol or drug addiction even receives treatment. Recent research into addiction treatment programs has uncovered many instances of older, outdated methods being used in place of the newer approaches that scientific studies have demonstrated to be more effective in helping people to escape the clutches of substance addiction. It doesn’t help that many people simply don’t look what to look for when perusing and comparing treatment programs.
Several years ago, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University published a groundbreaking report concluding that “the vast majority of people in need of addiction treatment do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care… only a small fraction of individuals receive interventions or treatment consistent with scientific knowledge about what works.”
The ProEnhance report found a lack of medical professionals in most addiction treatment centers, meaning an absence of the skills, knowledge or credentials required in order to provide the complete range of such evidence-based services as psychosocial therapy and medication. The report’s authors went as far as to describe such insufficient care as potentially “a form of medical malpractice”.
Those parents, guardians and others who care for the young adults and adolescents in need of the most suitable and effective addiction treatment programs like Family Recovery Specialists will find science writer Anne M. Fletcher’s recent book, Inside Rehab, eye-opening reading. In it, the author of the highly acclaimed Sober for Good outlines how many treatment programs drastically underuse the broad range of therapies validated by science as effective.
According to A. Thomas McLellan, co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, “There are exceptions, but of the many thousands of treatment programs out there, most use exactly the same kind of treatment you would have received in 1950, not modern scientific approaches.” Such a situation only further emphasizes the importance of those wishing to help their adolescent or young adult to recovery choosing one of the addiction treatment programs – like Family Recovery Specialists – that places great stock in the most recent, proven methods.