Over the years, I have heard of success rates of treatment that were all over the board and have come to the conclusion that “success rates” don’t really tell us a whole lot. Part of the problem seems to be that everyone has their own definition of success. I have been involved in compiling stats and quite honestly, some of numbers gathered seem arbitrary and far from giving us an accurate picture of the effectiveness of our treatment.
Here are some variables that I have seen used in measuring success.
- Drug Screen results or clients word on whether they are using or drinking.
First of all, it is difficult to get a drug screen from someone no longer in treatment and taking someone’s word for it doesn’t seem very reliable. Even if you do get the drug screen, if it is a year after treatment it doesn’t really tell how they have done for the past year. (more…)