During Long Term Recovery Programs for Addiction, families always ask, “What is the success rate of the treatment center?” They ask this when considering residential treatment. Successful rehabilitation can only truly be measured once the patient has left treatment, then deliberate action steps have been taken to facilitate long-term recovery.

Two Successful Addiction Recovery Programs

There are two very successful programs with proven results for long-term recovery. They are the Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) for pilots and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for physicians. Both programs boast an above an 80% success rate at long-term recovery. Other general programs without a similar foundation have a success rate of less than 20%.

These programs share a few things in common, including long-term care (up to 5 years) and structured planning. To increase the success of rehab, Suntra’s Dynamic Family Recovery Program borrows elements from these treatment plans. We believe that a stay at rehab is only the beginning of treatment. Therefore, there needs to be a solid plan in place for families to support. This will help them hold an individual accountable over a duration of time. Our goal is to not only help the person suffering from addiction, but help the family heal as well.

Recovery Programs For Addiction
Recovery Programs For Addiction

The PHP and HIMS programs are refreshing in that they begin with the assertion that they WILL be successful. So, the persons affirms that they WILL recover.  Families can benefit from adopting this positive mindset. Hence, begin a shift from what have felt like a hopeless situation. 

Further Insights into the Programs

The successful programs for pilots and doctors are based on Eight Essential Elements:

  1. Positive Rewards and Negative Consequences.  The family sets a clear definition of what a successful recovery looks like. Consequently, a reward system is established when expectations are met. Hence, if there is a return to using, there are consequences that help facilitate recovery.
  1. Frequent Random Drug Testing.  In the case of HIMS and PHP, pilots and doctors are required to undergo routine drug testing for 5 years.  A drug test can be a great deterrent for returning to use. And in the event of a relapse, it allows the family to respond quickly.
  2. 12-Step Programs and Abstinence Standards.   All family members are encouraged to seek the help of 12-step programs and participate as a unit.  The expectation is that abstinence is the only measurable standard of success.
  3. Viable Role Models and Recovery Mentors.  In early recovery, it is important to for patients to have the support of peer groups. This is necessary to put in greater perspective what a successful recovery could look like.  Thus, Recovery coaches and/or sponsors are also included in this.
  4. Modified Lifestyles.  As recovery enhancing decisions are supported and encouraged, living situations, careers, and relationships will have to change.  The family will support these transitions.
  5. Active and Sustained Monitoring.  Third party monitoring of drug tests and compliance with a program allows families to step out of the “policing” role. Hence, the person of concern develops a trusting relationship with a team that can advocate for them. Relapses are addressed within a supportive environment and treatment is consistently encouraged and reinforced as the primary goal.
  6. Active Managing of Relapse.  Early detection of relapse is critical. Returns to use are viewed as opportunities for individuals and their families to re-evaluate the plan. Consequently, they learn new information, and recommit to a new program. 
  7. Continuing Care Approach.  Similar to diabetes or any other chronic illness, addiction is a disease that requires ongoing management.  A solid treatment plan considers the trajectory of the next 5 years. It also ensures that care extends beyond rehabilitation, towards continual recovery.  

Integrated Programs and the Successes

Integrating all eight of these elements in a recovery program is the key to producing sustainable, long-term recovery.  Now, most individuals don’t have access to the structured programs of pilots and doctors. So, families can step in and offer similar support and structure.

Addiction can take its toll on everyone in a family. Hence, it’s common to see in-fighting, emotional withdrawal, grief, and secret-keeping. Often, it seems as if families have reached the point of accepting chaos within their lives. However, the reality is that they are functioning to the best of their ability while dealing with long-term addiction. They are not dysfunctional – they are in crisis.  By following Suntra’s Dynamic Family Recovery Program, families can begin to heal as the addiction is put into remission. 

Success Is Anchored By the Family

The success of our program is dependent on families agreeing support their loved one. It’s a commitment to stand by them emotionally and physically for three months to even a year.  As the family becomes more united and organized, crises can be averted. Subsequently, the person of concern can enter into treatment. Throughout this process, the family must continue to support their loved one. The support is provided while they undergo treatment and for several months after. Committing to the Dynamic Family Recovery Program has some benefits. Subsequently, families will learn how to support the needs of their loved one, combat the addiction, and re-stabilize their relationships.


About Suntra Modern Recovery and Adam Banks

Adam Banks is a certified interventionist at Suntra Modern Recovery. After receiving an MBA from the University of Chicago, Adam built a company that was later acquired by United Health Care. His discipline and attention to detail comes from his former career as an airline pilot, holding an ATP, the FAA’s highest license.

Today, Adam is dedicated to helping others achieve long term sobriety. His work as an interventionist has guided executives, pilots, and physicians on paths to recovery. Adam brings families together through a loving and inclusive approach.

Adam recently co-authored Navigating Recovery Ground School: 12 Lessons to Help Families Navigate Recovery. In this lesson book Adam and John Roesch walk families through the entire intervention process. Suntra also offers a free video course for families considering hosting an intervention for a family member. 

Suntra Modern Recovery provides medical treatment for alcohol and opiate addictions via video visit with medical doctors. Treatment for alcohol, opiate and heroin addiction, including Suboxone treatment, can start today. Suntra’s alcohol and drug intervention services are available locally in New York, Long Island, the Hamptons as well as nationally and internationally. 

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