The key to doing well with alcohol abuse centers is all about the individual and their level of willingness and conviction. If the person is not willing to take extreme amounts of action and dedicate much of their life to recovery, then they are not going to get good results. It is as simple as that. Holistic alcohol treatment and traditional treatments will all work just fine for a person, so long as they put forth an extreme amount of effort.
One of the hardest truths to swallow about addiction and recovery is that the average effort that people put forth will always result in relapse. This is an important point so let us emphasize it a bit here: the average effort in recovery results in relapse. Period.
So if you are working on your recovery, and you are putting forth an “average effort,” then you are certain to relapse. You have no chance at staying clean and sober. None.
The reason that this is true is because much more than 50 percent of people end up relapsing within the first year of recovery. In fact, it is probably closer to 90 or even 95 percent who end up relapsing in the first year. You can look around and find different statistics of this sort, but they are all pretty heavily leaning in that direction….most people do not make it for an entire year or more of recovery.
So what does this tell us? It tells us that if you are trying only as hard as the average person in recovery, then you are pretty much doomed to failure. It also tells us that if you are trying a bit harder than the average person, you are still going to end up failing in recovery. The only way to succeed in early recovery, apparently, is to take massive action and really go way above and beyond. You have to “give it your all.” Sounds a bit cliche, I know, but it is absolutely true. If you are just making a medium sized effort at recovery then you are going to relapse.
You can also see evidence of this based on the people you talk with who have multiple years of sobriety. Ask them how hard they had to work in the first year. Ask them if it was pretty easy to stay sober in their first year of recovery. Ask them how hard they had to work for it.
I can guarantee that every single person you ask will tell you that:
a) They had to work very hard to stay sober, and
b) It was the hardest thing they ever had to do in their life.
Put in the effort = stay sober.