What is the Success Rate for Recovering Alcoholics?
Alcoholism recovery can be a rather trying time for those who have been abusing alcohol for months or years, but what do the statistics say?
Alcohol addiction is one of the most serious public health threats that America currently faces. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that in the year 2018 alone, roughly 26.45 American adults over the age of 18 engaged in binge drinking at least once. (1) According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 14.4 million adults aged 18 and over struggled with a serious and diagnosable alcohol abuse disorder. Sadly, only 7.9 percent of these adults received the professional treatment they so desperately needed. Why does such a small percentage of alcoholics reach out for help? There are a variety of factors at play – some are entirely unaware that they are suffering from an alcohol use disorder because excessive alcohol consumption is so prevalent and socially accessible. Some are not aware of the affordable and accessible resources that are readily available to them.
Can Chronic Alcoholics Stop Drinking?
Still, others believe that they can successfully handle their negative drinking habits on their own time in their way. The sad truth is that the success rates for recovering alcoholics are fairly low – that is, however, unless they commit themselves completely to a long-term program of comprehensive aftercare. At Absolute Awakenings, relapse prevention is one of our number one priorities. We make sure that every one of our clients is fully equipped with the tools necessary to maintain long-term sobriety.
Alcohol Addiction Recovery
Alcohol addiction recovery can be a rather trying time for those who have been actively abusing alcohol for months or years. They will essentially have to learn an entirely new way of life, adapting to a world without chemical substances to get them through uncomfortable feelings and emotions. This means that while in medical detox, inpatient treatment, and aftercare, they will be required to learn all of the healthy coping mechanisms and relapse prevention skills that are taught to them.
Not only that, but they will have to employ these techniques in a real-life setting once clinical care comes to end. This is usually when things get tricky. Communicating effectively, identifying, and working through relapse triggers and utilizing coping mechanisms is certainly not second nature at first. This is where the hard work comes into play – and unfortunately, when most individuals experience a relapse. Fortunately, this relapse can be prevented with a thorough and long-term program of aftercare.
Success Rates for Recovering Alcoholics
When it comes to the number of alcoholics who have stayed sober after undergoing alcohol addiction treatment, the rates are fairly low. This can be largely attributed to a lack of consistent aftercare and neglecting important facets of ongoing recovery like 12 step program involvement and continued therapy. A study published by the US National Library of Medicine titled, “Rates and predictors of relapse after natural and treated remission from alcohol use disorders” suggested that individuals who did not participate in Alcoholics Anonymous once they completed inpatient treatment were far more likely to relapse within the first year. (2) At Absolute Awakenings, we heavily emphasize the importance of 12 step programs like AA, and we thoroughly educate our clients on all 12 step programs of recovery while mandating that they attend at least one 12 step meeting every day. They are also required to find a sponsor of the same gender and begin working through the 12 steps, meeting with said sponsor at least once a week.
Absolute Awakenings and Alcohol Addiction Recovery
At Absolute Awakenings we provide an integrated program of alcohol addiction recovery, meaning that we tackle all of the issues that active alcohol addiction causes, including mental, emotional and physical issues. If you are ready to begin your own personal program of alcohol addiction recovery, give us a call today for more information.