For many years now, it’s been an accepted truism in the drug treatment industry that the treatment programmes aimed at medics have success rates that are enormously above the average — with claimed rates of over 90% being substance free after completing treatment.
There’s been a huge range of speculation as to why this should be so. Is it because of the intensive supervision and aftercare that doctors get on completing treatment? Is it because the 12 step based intensive three month in-patient programmes have a higher success rate than out-patient CBT based treatment? Could it have something to do with the enormous amounts of social capital that medics have — along with the very real threat of losing a salary in excess of £100k a year?
But just how accurate are these outcome statistics anyway? Most are provided by the programmes themselves, rather than by independent evaluators. And what happens when the programme is a bad match for the patient?
These are some of the questions posed in an interesting article posted on KevinMD.com
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this issue.