Why Isn’t Drug And Alcohol Rehab Always Successful?

If the value of alcohol/addiction treatment is determined by success, the compilation of studies over the years make a great argument for never bothering to go. Nevertheless, addicts continue to go. Why? It can only be explained by the desperation so many people feel when they are trapped by an addiction; that is to say, trying something is better than doing nothing. Of course court orders help too.

Why ineffective approaches producing poor outcomes remain static is difficult to explain. Perhaps it’s the result of human arrogance that drives an unwillingness to learn something new, or perhaps there’s a lucrative incentive to resist change? It is clear however that what is known about alcohol addiction and what is being applied in the treatment industry are two different things.

At the end of their scientific paper on the Alcohol Dehydrogenase-II Liver Enzyme, “the physiological effects of alcohol consumption manifest as behavioral and psychological, Harvard biochemists wrote, “… it is paradoxical that the understanding of alcoholism in humans continues to be sought in psycho-social rather than biochemical terms.”


We know certain physical markers in certain chemistries predict addiction:

  • High tolerance without hangovers
  • Energizing effects of alcohol, rather than sedation
  • Euphoria from the THIQ in opiate sites
  • Slow but certain change in the homeostasis of every organ and system in the body to include alcohol

Doing lab tests to identify biochemical imbalances and then correcting them has never been the way of traditional treatment. Instead the focus falls on addressing distorted psycho/social behaviors in an effort to retrain addicts to stop using. But science tells us deciphering and correcting the biochemical distortions that create unstable emotions and erratic behavior would better serve a person in treatment. Treating symptoms without correcting the underlying cause almost guarantees failure.  


I Am Immune To Drug And Alcohol Rehab, I Have Been In And Out Of Multiple Places, Why Even Bother?

It’s not uncommon for alcoholics and addicts to go through treatment many times. When relapse occurs the industry is never held accountable. Rather it’s the client who held up to ridicule for failing to “work the program.” But without giving an addict the knowledge and tools to change the biochemical imbalances driving their ongoing use, one can only wonder what program it is that a person is supposed to work. Confused but unchanged, addicts ,with the sincere desire to stop using, end up relapsing again and again. Locked in a pattern of failure can reinforce an unflattering self-image of being a hopeless lost cause.

The beloved late Dr. Roger Williams, one of the world’s outstanding biochemists from the U of Texas, (famous for his discovery of Pantothenic acid) said simply, “human reactions to alcohol differ because wide individual differences exist to every common substance ingested. What basically determines alcoholism is your constitutional reaction to alcohol”— or, to turn it around, no matter how stable your psychological, emotional life is, when you drink, you will always handle alcohol the same way. That’s your chemistry reacting, and no amount of psychological counseling can make you a social drinker.

Since psychological counseling is the backbone of most treatment programs, and biochemical repair is regarded as unnecessary by most treatment programs and the insurance companies that support them, it appears that it is the industry that needs to be held accountable for failing their clients, not the other way around.


What Does Health Recovery Center Offer That Other Rehab Facilities Don’t Have? 

Ninety-five percent of treatment in the US is based on a 12 step psychological model, suggesting the majority of treatment programs view alcoholism as a predominantly psychological disorder stemming from a weak will; a character flaw (a “searching moral inventory” is needed to recover according to AA’s 5th step); or a learned behavior, requiring behavior modification to correct.

As far back as 1956, the AMA concluded that alcoholism is a degenerative, finally fatal disease. Yet the psychological approach of this field has not changed in 60 years, nor has the spiritual prescription of AA. Fortunately science has advanced its understanding each decade. Today science confirms that alcoholism is primarily a physical disease with its basic cause in chemistry and genetics. So before you throw in the towel and declare yourself to be a lost cause to an addiction, you deserve a chance to experience the power of biochemical repair in restoring the brain and stopping your addiction. More importantly, you’ll marvel at the power biochemical repair has to stop cravings and reversing a plethora of symptoms other programs have no answer for, except to prescribe mind altering addictive drugs.

When holistic rehab follows an orthomolecular blueprint many pieces of the biochemical picture together so you will understand and learn a whole new lifestyle to sustain you for many years of chemical free health and wellbeing. Therapy too has value in treatment, but without correcting the chemical imbalances that determine the quality of our life and our emotions, therapy is little more than talking to a sick brain, telling it to get better. Don’t give up on life. Fix your brain, and your life will come along with it.