But given the experience in other fields of healthcare, a return to the old lifestyle, however destructive, may be little more than human nature.
I suspect that the methodology for measuring success was far too narrow. Focused entirely on crime, they missed a host of other gains from participation in treatment.
Rehab isn’t intended to effect a cure for someone’s addiction. We don’t have a cure for anybody’s addiction.
Those misconceptions are a principal reason so many Americans have become skeptical of the value of treating addictions at all.
It also suggests that the ‘return to heroin’ rate among former maintenance clients may be even higher.
Somebody who shows up six months later, sick, asking for another admission to the hospital, is in their eyes a failure.
Experience tells us that almost all of the wide variety of treatment strategies and models are around because they work well for someone.