Not sure (as usual) if this should be in General Questions or Great Debates, but let’s start here and see where we end up.
As New Year’s Eve approaches and California attempts to de-emphasize prison and use treatment in the war on drugs, I had a quick look around the Internet to find success rates for alcoholics and drug abusers undergoing different kinds of treatment.
I am having an extremely difficult time answering what seemed a simple question. What percentage of those who go thru treatment for chemical dependency succeed in quitting? And which treatment is most likely to be successful?
Consumer Report (in 1970) said that 97% of heroin addicts not on methadone relapse. I read another citation that said only about one in two hundred alcoholics are able to stop drinking. All my alcoholic friends who say they are now sober had to go thru treatment at least twice.
So does it work? Is there a treatment plan that has a reasonable chance of causing an alcoholic to stop drinking, or a drug addict to stop using?