The problem of drugs and drug addiction is underlined and fueled by the problem of ineffective treatment. This is a problem that we all pay for. One way that we all pay for this is through high insurance rates. The average cost for one person to go to a 30 day treatment center is around 40,000 dollars. Insurance companies that have to pay these inflated rates will then pass those rates on to the consumer through higher premiums and deductibles.
The worse part about this is that these programs are not producing a lot of positive results, which leaves those who sought treatment back into our communities. In Lebanon, PA the success rates are at about 2%. If we only factored in the 30 day programs it would probably be less than that.
Our organization (God's Chosen Ones) is dedicated to solving this problem. We have developed an after care program that is designed to inspire those coming out of treatment to stay the course. We believe that inspiration is the key to effective treatment, not force. Although force can be a motivating factor to start on the path to sobriety, it is not sustainable. If a person is inspired to change, then we believe that the change will be life long.
One way we produce and develop this inspiration within someone is to get them in constant contact with others who have seen success outside of addiction. Being able to see someone living the life that we tell them they can have is critical to impacting change within someone. Most programs today do not do this since most people who do end up maintaining sobriety go on with their lives and very seldom return to the treatment center. We keep in constant contact with those who have achieved success and invite them to come be a part of our organization. This allows them to be able to reach back and help someone else coming up behind them.
Most programs today do not put enough emphasis on aftercare; people leave the program and are basically forgotten about. We have to maintain relationships with those who have gone through treatment so that we can know what worked and what did not.
We also keep and maintain a "medical" file on the individual. Similar to having a medical chart that can list the effective and ineffective parts of treatment that can be shared if the client ends up in another treatment center or back with us. We must be willing to individualize treatment so that it can be the most effective. For example, if the client didn't do well in group settings, that should be known in order to properly treat the person and move them into a more one on one setting.
We have to also be willing to change aspects of the program that are not working instead of investing resources into leaving everything the same. Most programs are not willing to add or subtract and this leaves the program with a stagnant success rate.
Our mission is to change all of this and raise the success rates of all the programs currently being offered. It is not our intent to get rid of these programs but rather to help improve the effectiveness of these programs by introducing an independent and solid after care program.
The video below will provide some more detailed info on this subject matter