Recovery Rates For Young Heroin Addicts
The Insight program conducts a statistical review of its programs annually. Recently we have focused attention on the effectiveness in working with heroin addicts and those addicted to other narcotics. As with any group surveyed, the level of parental involvement is a key factor. Young addicts particularly depend on the support of loved ones. Parents and other family members sometimes have a difficult time giving emotional backing because of the pain caused by the addict. This is understandable but it is vital to rise above these resentments because sobriety for a young person becomes a Herculean task when tried alone. Family recovery is built on a foundation of all members healing together. Heroin addicts have less success in treatment than other addicts but their chances are increased when the entire family participates in the recovery process.
By The Numbers
In its most recent study Insight surveyed 70 patients chosen at random from 2013 and 2014. This study was conducted to better understand the correlation between parental involvement and relapse. 70% of the patients chosen completed the Intensive Outpatient Program. 47% of patients involved in the IOP program relapsed at some point of the program. 48% of the patients who relapsed went on to complete the program. In other words, around half the patients admitted into IOP relapsed and half of those who relapsed went on to complete the program. In this same time period 53% of opiate addicts relapsed. 53% of these patients completed the program. One critical statistical point is that 78% of patients whose parents were involved in the program (weekly meetings and regular contact with the staff) completed IOP successfully. Of the patients whose parents were less involved only 41% completed.
Parents of opiate addicts sometimes have difficulty maintaining hope. Most people are familiar with the increased rate in deaths of young people from overdose. Opiate addicts relapse at a higher rate than most other categories of drug and alcohol abusers. This can be demoralizing to loved ones. It is critical for family members to seek support for themselves. Not only does this give the opportunity for emotional healing it is the best way to aid an addict in treatment.