The Statistics of Relapse After an Inpatient Addiction Program

Going into an inpatient addiction program gives an addict the best start to the road to recovery. The addict is surrounded by doctors and mental health professionals that will do everything possible to assist the addict through detox and the psychological aspects they are facing. Even though an inpatient facility is the best start, are there any factors that will predict relapse?

Some sobering statistics of addiction are that among all people who have started using drugs, 27% are dead, and only 27% are now sober. Addiction just doesn’t go away. Treatment is required for a successful transition to a sober life. A successful transition isn’t only calculated on continuing to be sober, it factors in the quality of a person’s life as well. All parts of the person’s life is taken into account when measuring whether or not this person was successful with the treatment program. Is the former addict now gainfully employed and living in a stable environment? Does the former addict have meaningful relationships in his or her life? Are they mentally and physically healthy? Failure in any one of these areas may cause depression and lead back to substance abuse.

It is shown, that if a person enters an inpatient addiction program within 30 days of detox, their chances of recovery are 40% better than someone who doesn’t. A sobering statistic also shows that 40-60% of all people who enter a rehab facility will fall back into some level of substance abuse. Even if someone doesn’t achieve success the first time, trying again may bring a better result.


N.A. “Drug Rehab Statistics.” (Website). (2015).
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