The thing about rehabilitation centers is that they only tend to work well in the short run, but do not necessarily produce good long term results when it comes to helping drug addicts and alcoholics. The main reason for this is because nearly everyone relapses shortly after leaving rehab. The success rate while in rehab is nearly 100 percent. The success rate at the one year follow up after leaving rehab is lower than 10 percent.
What can be done about this massive disconnect? What is the secret to producing better rates of recovery?
One of the ideas is to focus more on holistic growth as a means of long term sobriety. Complacency is the number one offender when it comes to addicts and alcoholics who relapse in long term recovery. A large portion of the people who relapse are in early recovery, but a big chunk of them are also in long term sobriety as well. Holistic growth is a means of relapse prevention. How and why does this work?
Holistic growth means several things and offers tremendous benefits to those in recovery, including:
1) Continuous growth. Complacency kills, and those who seek holistic growth never stop growing. Why not? Because there is always another area to explore. People can “level off” in their spiritual growth when it comes to traditional recovery programs, but this is not the case with holistic growth. For example, the recovering addict could explore physical fitness, or improving their relationships, or seeking emotional stability, and so on. Unlimited areas of growth mean unlimited growth potential. Traditional recovery stifles this idea by limiting people to spiritual growth.
2) Constant action. Recovery is all about action. Sitting around and thinking does not lead to recovery. At all. The only thing that produces good results is taking constant action. People fool themselves all the time into the belief that thinking about recovery can be beneficial. It’s not.
If you are not taking massive action in recovery then you are headed for eventual relapse. What is massive action? An example would be helping other alcoholics on a daily basis, or becoming heavily involved in sponsorship or a recovery community. It means doing the footwork necessary to stay sober. It means examining yourself and your own unique problems and taking action to correct them. It means actively seeking growth and actively trying to become a better person in recovery. Not sitting around and thinking, but actually taking action to achieve this.