Throughout conversations with professionals in the addiction treatment field, it seems a common thought is that there is no real way to calculate a success rate of a facility. Why then, do so many treatment centers continue to post success rates throughout their websites and brochures?
Don Grant, Executive Director at Harmony Place (Los Angeles) isn’t a fan of treatment facilities boasting any success rate, as he says there’s no way to judge that. He went through treatment 12 years ago and feels like there might be a few people out there that are like him.
“When I left treatment I relapsed, and they called me to see how I was doing,” he says, “and with all the self-righteous indignation I could muster, I told them I was still sober of course, and I was drinking while I was talking to them.”
Because the facilities don’t know who is being truthful, it’s hard to determine a success rate, Grant says. “The other problem is that you don’t get a good statistic because you’re not able to include those who relapsed because they’re not calling back or filling out a survey,” he explains.
Facilities may calculate their success rate as the amount of people who are admitted and leave the facility as a sober person. Or others, as Grant suggests, may send out surveys and then calculate the number of sober clients by analyzing data on the returned surveys. In this case, how far does the facility follow and survey the client? 6 months, 2 years, forever?
Does your treatment facility claim a success rate? How is it calculated? I’d love to hear from you all.