Most treatment programs for drug addiction and alcoholism do not really help in the best way possible. Part of the problem is that it takes a great deal of money, time, and resources to properly help a struggling addict or alcoholic and give them the best care possible. It is far to expensive to do this in the vast majority of cases.
For example, one promising type of treatment program that can potentially produce better than average results is long term treatment. This is where the addict or alcoholic would stay at a treatment center for an extended period of time, generally for at least 90 days or even longer. Some long term programs can last over a year even. You can see how this type of treatment would be advantages to the struggling addict. Living in a supportive environment and concentrating on recovery every single day would give just about anyone an increased chance at staying clean and sober. Most people are not really willing to commit to long term programs such as this, so those who do tend to do well, because they are committed to their recovery.
There are no secrets in any treatment program other than hard work and dedication. This is the whole key to recovery and anyone who puts in the massive amount of effort to make these major life changes are the ones who will stay sober in recovery.
Pretty much anyone can jump in and start “working a program.” There is really nothing to it, and pretty much anyone can check into rehab and get a few weeks of sobriety under their belt. This is nothing special, and it says nothing about living a life of real recovery. The question is, how can a person make the necessary changes and form the necessary habits in order to stay sober in the long run? How can an addict achieve a new life in recovery through their own efforts?
The answer to this is in taking action. Massive action. Every single day. Positive new healthy habits, formed in early recovery, and carried through into long term sobriety. For example, helping others in recovery through service work of some sort. Or working with newcomers in recovery on a regular basis. These are the sorts of habits that can produce real meaning and real change in the long run. Without forming these sorts of habits through massive action, no real change is possible in long term sobriety.