Time and again we’re asked the question: ‘how successful is alcohol rehab?’ The short answer is very. We firmly believe that inpatient treatment at a private alcohol rehab is the most effective route to long-term recovery. Here, Port of Call shares statistics and evidence from Public Health England about the effectiveness of alcohol treatment.
Port of Call can organise residential rehabilitation programme at a broad range of private rehabs across the UK. An intensive, residential programme of support at alcohol rehab is often cited as the most effective way to tackle alcohol addiction, especially for those who have tried other options. If you’re still in doubt if it’s right for you, then here are some facts and figures that might convince you.
Public Health England collects monthly data from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS), taken from 1,500 treatment services, to monitor the availability and effectiveness of alcohol and drug treatment in England. These adult substance misuse statistics are compiled in a yearly report, which for the year 2014-15 found there was 150,640 people seeking treatment for alcohol problems in England.
Of these, 89,107 were treated for problematic drinking alone, and 61,533 for alcohol alongside other substances. In all, 130,609 people exited the drug and alcohol treatment system that year, with 52% (67,788) having successfully completed their treatment free of dependence. People undertaking alcohol treatment enjoyed the second highest rate of treatment success (61%), second only to non-opiate-only users (64%).
“Alcohol and drug treatment services are now well established in communities across the country and over the past decade the number of people accessing help has increased considerably, as has the proportion recovering from their dependence,” say Public Health England in the report.
“Evidence-based and effective interventions can improve the lives of individuals and the life chances of their children and the stability of their communities. They also have a significant impact in reducing the spread of blood-borne viruses, in reducing crime and in saving lives.
The harmful effects of alcohol and drugs are greater in poorer communities and effective treatment services can play an important role in addressing these inequalities
While the success rate figures for private rehab in the UK are encouraging, statistics can only go so far in your decision making process if you’re considering residential rehabilitation. Some private rehabs provide success rate data based on follow-up interviews months or years after someone has left treatment. However, others might only quote success rates simply for completion of treatment. When choosing your alcohol rehab, it’s important to ask how their success rates are determined, and how often the progress of former patients is collected.
Furthermore, it’s important to look at the whole inpatient treatment experience holistically. So find out how experienced the private rehab’s doctors, staff and counsellors are for example. Personal recommendations and testimonies are also a great way to determine success rates, and you’re well within your rights to ask to talk to former patients.
At the end of the day, if gathering all this kind of research presents a barrier to you seeking treatment. If it all feels a bit much. Port of Call is here for that exact reason; to take away all the headache, hassle and legwork. We have an extended network of tried and trusted private alcohol rehab centres located across the UK. We vet them all for quality, experience and standards of care so you don’t have to. A phone call to one of our specialist advisers is the surest route to securing the best possible alcohol treatment option for you.
If you’re worried about your relationship with alcohol, reach out to someone who’s been there and can help. Call Port of Call for free on 08000029010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for specialised alcohol support.
Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.
We’re specialists in UK rehab options and can advise you on alcohol rehab in the North West, drug rehab in the North West and other addiction support services in the area.