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Rehab Success Rates

We know that spending a sustained period in residential rehab works.

Residential rehab has been demonstrated to be more effective than community-based treatments, with patients whose treatment includes a residential component generally getting better outcomes.

Residential rehab with a structured programme, psychosocial intervention, prescribing, detox, support workers and therapeutic input has the best outcomes.  Success stats at Castle Craig.

There are a number of reasons for this. The individual in rehab is focused on the task at hand, without distractions from the outside world. They are supported throughout the day, by teams of people who are the experts in their field and have the experience and knowledge to help someone. 

This is not to say that family and friends out in the community are not helpful – they are – but addiction and recovery require specialist input. It also tends to be faster, as treatment and therapy is more intense. 

Castle Craig rehab success rates

There is a strong evidence base to support the treatment methods used as part of Castle Craig’s residential rehab treatment for drug and alcohol addictions. Combining academic and theoretical backing with lived experience and clear outcomes, our success rates and satisfaction rates are testimony to the compassionate and caring approach we take, always underpinned by clinical expertise. 

According to our survey of 2015, nearly three-quarters of those who attended treatment at Castle Craig were totally abstinent from all drugs or alcohol after a year. Nursing care, detoxification, individual therapy, group therapy, staff support and family therapy were all rated good, very good, or excellent. 

Evidence-based research

The research supports the effectiveness of Castle Craig’s model of treatment for drug and alcohol addictions:

  • The study was commissioned by Castle Craig Netherlands B.V., and focuses on all patients from the Netherlands who entered Castle Craig between July 2011 and December 2012, and stayed in treatment for at least one day.
  • A total of 233 patients met these criteria, of which 158 patients were successfully contacted (70.9% of the sample, comprising of 130 males and 28 females).
  • Most of these patients were addicted to alcohol, cocaine or cannabis and 75% completed the addiction treatment programme while the others left the treatment earlier. The average follow-up period was 55 weeks after discharge.
  • This particular study measures not only the severity of drinking or drug-taking as an outcome, but also uses the Christo Inventory for Substance-misuse Services (CISS) (Christo, Spurrell, & Alcorn, 2000). (1)
  • The results from this study suggest that, of the 158 patients that were successfully followed up, 116 were totally abstinent (73.4%), 129 showed only low problem severity and are classed as a ‘good outcome’ (as defined by CISS as a score under 6; thus, 81.6% of the sample), and 145 showed any reduction in levels of dysfunction, as given by CISS score reduction (91.8% of the sample).
  • A secondary observation is that readmissions to Castle Craig following relapse were significantly more likely to achieve good outcomes. This is a particularly notable finding because it supports the idea that longer lengths of stay may be beneficial, and that if a patient relapses further treatment is an effective option.
  • This study indicates Castle Craig’s credentials as consistent; a high-quality rehabilitation hospital that is able to produce positive outcomes for a great number of patients. The study provides evidence of the effectiveness of Castle Craig’s treatment and demonstrates the long-term positive nature of the outcomes.
  • This study – and previous studies of Castle Craig – have followed-up patients more than one year after treatment and consistently find complete abstinence in over 60% of cases. Therefore we can conclude that not only do a vast number of patients leaving Castle Craig show significant improvements in their quality of life, and drug and alcohol using habits, but that these changes continue for extended periods of time.
  • On the basis of this evidence, Castle Craig’s patients are likely to maintain complete abstinence after one year and also show great reductions in the severity of comorbid physical and psychological health problems.

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Outcomes and success of residential rehab clinics

Residential rehab typically sees far better outcomes than community-based treatment for addiction, with a study by The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse showing success rates ranging from 50% better to 400% better for treatment that had a residential component.

Not all residential rehabilitation centres are the same, though. According to the same study, the best residential rehabs see more than 60% of their residents go on to overcome dependence and addiction, whilst those at the bottom of the scale struggle to enable 20% to overcome addiction. 

We always recommend that you look at regulator reports from the Care Quality Commission and Health Improvement Scotland before choosing the place for you or your loved one, as staff, routines, facilities and programmes can all make a difference to effectiveness and outcomes. 

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    (1) The CISS is an outcome evaluation tool completed by drug/alcohol service workers either from direct client interviews or from personal experience of their client, supplemented by existing assessment material. It is comprised of a ten-item scale, in which each item is scored 0 (no severity), 1 (moderate severity), or 2 (severe severity), and covers problems such as social functioning, general health, criminal involvement, drug/alcohol use, psychological functioning, and on-going support. The minimum score is therefore 0, and the maximum is 20. The CISS is commonly used in Scotland (Effective Interventions Unit, 2001), and England and Wales (Audit Commission, 2002).

    Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked | October 19, 2021