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What is the success rate of going to rehab for 1 month and not picking up a beer ever again?

Asked by missjena (918points) July 8th, 2009 from iPhone

Any numbers? Statistics? Likely or unlikely?

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Tink's avatar

You either leave it or you don’t

missjena's avatar

Where’d u get that statistic

Tink's avatar

My own observation, sorry if it’s not what you are looking for

missjena's avatar

I was just wondering where you got that numbe from that’s all. Just so I know if I can consider it as an answer or not.

Tink's avatar

Oh it’s ok if you don’t

missjena's avatar

I appreciate your answer.

Tink's avatar

Thank you

Dog's avatar

My answer is still the same as on this question you asked.

5 Years of sobriety is your best indicator.
One month is not even long enough to create a healthy habit let alone give up an addictive one.

It is a good start but not enough to safely say the addiction is broken.

jonsblond's avatar

one month, no beer = success

@Dog I pollitely disagree. One day is enough. It’s a start.

missjena's avatar

I understand That jon but you can’t get to 5years sobriety without 1 month sobriety first.

Jeruba's avatar

I’ve heard rehab counselors say they can’t possibly predict who is going to make it after their month and who isn’t. The surprises can go both ways.

The fact is that the statistics don’t matter. One person can stick to his or her resolve no matter how many fall short. One person can fall by the wayside no matter how many succeed. I’m thinking you’re not really interested in the odds. You’re interested in one person.

SeventhSense's avatar

“Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Outcome Rates: Contemporary Myth and Misinterpretation” released on 1 January 2008.

“Of those in their first month of AA meetings, 26% will still be attending at he end of that year.
Of those in their fourth month of AA meeting attendance (i.e. have stayed beyond 90-days) 56% will still be attending AA at the end of that year.
The 2004 Survey showed an increase in the length of sobriety over the 2001 Survey (as has every triennial survey since 1983).
As of the 2004 Survey, long-term AA sobriety was so prevalent that the “Greater Than Five Years” range of previous surveys was subdivided into: 5–10 Years (14%) , >10 Years (36%), > 5 Years (50%).
For growth of AA sobriety ranges, the 1983 Survey showed 25% of AA members sober over 5 years and the 2004 Survey showed 50% of AA members sober over 5 years.
For growth of AA sobriety averages, the 1983 Survey found the average AA member sober for 4 years and the 2004 Survey found the average AA member sober for more than 8 years.”
These numbers are based on AA research and should be considered in that context. But their context is a fully self supporting non profit organization that takes money from no institution or organization. And I would say that it certainly holds more credence than celebrity or religious institutions who would use biased statistics for profit.

Dog's avatar

@jonsblond I concur- it is a good start and I did not mean to belittle the effort.

The road to sobriety is a journey. It is awesome to have 30 days. Like @Jeruba says it is up to the individual if they have what it takes to continue forward on the path and reach the 5 year mark.

@SeventhSense Great Answer!

whatthefluther's avatar

Have you ever seen anyone go through rehab for alcohol addiction? It is tougher than heroin rehab….there is no “methadone” to ease you through it. Once one has successfully gone through it, you would think it would shock them into never touching another drink, but it doesn’t always work out that way. The post-rehab regimen, including AA participation, is critical, as is the support of loved ones.

Tonic's avatar

Breaking the addiction to alcohol is very difficult even with programs such as AA. It is a ‘one day at a time’ process with lots of support in place. The way your question is worded….....‘ever’....... is a long time. Just remember that relapse leads back to recovery.

rooeytoo's avatar

One day at a time is the key, sometimes it is one minute at a time. It is hard as hell but for me, a lot easier with a group who shares their experience strength and hope. I went AA meeting shopping until I found one that felt like home and then I went as often as I possibly could. I found friends and mentors, some of whom I still stay in contact with 19 years later.

So you have a great start, 1 minute of sobriety is where it starts and then another minute. As they say in “Just For Today”

JUST FOR TODAY I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

JUST FOR TODAY I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, Most people are as happy as they makeup their minds to be….

JUST FOR TODAY I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my LUCK as it comes and fit myself to it.

JUST FOR TODAY I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.

JUST FOR TODAY I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

JUST FOR TODAY I will have a quiet half hour all by myself and relax. During this half hour, some time, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.

JUST FOR TODAY I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it.

JUST FOR TODAY I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything, and not try to improve or regulate anybody except myself

JUST FOR TODAY I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.

willbrawn's avatar

Why only one month?

Jeruba's avatar

That seems to be the unit of time on which rehab facilities tend to operate.

JLeslie's avatar

Because that is how long insurance will pay for typically. It is all guided by insurance fro the most part.

ItsAHabit's avatar

The overall success rate of AA appears to be about 5%.

ItsAHabit's avatar

The book “How to Change Your Drinking” by Kenneth Anderson (published July, 2010) reviews the available research on pp. 264–272. The results depend highly on the research methods used.

Also see the research at

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