Excerpt from Page 15 – “So what do we do?”

Published August 12, 2016

HOOKED: A concise guide to the underlying mechanics of addiction and treatment for patients, families, and providers | Arwen Podesta, MD

Excerpt from Page 15 – “So what do we do?”

There are many types of treatment, with wide ranges of success percentages.
It is difficult to get a true sense of success. Definition of
success varies, as does reporting of success. Every treatment center I
am aware of has what seems to be a skewed report of success rates,
either because unsuccessful people fall out of treatment early or many
people are lost to follow-up and are not counted.

Twelve-step programs, like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics
Anonymous, are peer support groups. The success rates vary when
someone uses only twelve-step work. Most reports say that if
someone uses twelve-step as treatment for one year, he or she has
less than a 30 percent success rate (some reports say 3 percent).
Once someone is with a twelve-step program for five years or
more, he or she may have a 50 percent success rate.