Is there any success stories? Does rehab work for anyone?
The thing you have to remember is it is ONE DAY AT A TIME... Are there success stories? I am sure there are many. My son has been sober now for 8 months. Through him I have met many recovering addicts that have many many years of sobriety under their belt. I don't know if there is such a thing as an addict that is ever fully recovered...They could relapse at any point...even after many many years of being sober. So I would say success is what you perceive it to be. Right now...for today...I consider my son's recovery a success...tomorrow could be a different story...I DO believe that the longer they are sober the easier it gets...as long as they are working their program and going to meetings and have a good support system of sober/recovering friends.
Just remember...it is a ONE DAY AT A TIME situation...so ask yourself.. "Was today a good day? Is my loved one still sober today? " If the answer is yes...then today was a success!! Be thankful for that.
Drug rehab works if the person wants it to work. If they go in with the attitude that it's not going to work, then it won't. I know this from personal experience. It's all in what you put into it. If an addict really wants to get better and really wants the help, then rehab definitely can work for them. You have to go in with an open mind and a willingness to let your former ways go.
Treatment most definitely works. I am a substance abuse counselorin recovery from heroin addiction and have a son who now has almost six months clean and sober. I've seen so many miracles of people who have turned their lives around by going through treatment. It is not a magic cure and as Chris's Mom said, it works if a person wants it to work. But the good news is that studies of success rates in treatment show that the reason a person enters treatment- whether it's because they were made go by courts, or forced into treatment by their families, or simply because they wanted help- has no correlation with the outcome, or how successful a person will be.
Part of the work of therapists in a rehab is to motivate people to gain the desire to change their lives no matter the reason they entered treatment.
Some people can go to treatment once, some (including myself and my son) had to go many, many times. But once a person becomes desperate to change their lives, treatment can provide the tools for them to do so. It's important to remember that this disease lasts a lifetime and has to be dealt with for the rest of our lives. Admittedly, there are many times that a single treatment episode doesn't work. But I think the important thing is to never give up hope and never stop trying. When the alcoholic/addict wants it bad enough, treatment will work. And it may be an accumulation of everything that one has learned through many episodes of treatment or it may be that a person goes to rehab one time and deals with the problem. Unfortunately it does often take more than one time in rehab before a person is really ready to change their thinking and behavior. But in my opinion, we can never say that treatment was a failure because we don't know what a person who's been through treatment many times will remember from that first time.