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Intervention Success Rate

These numbers were on the title card at the very end of the last episode.

243 addicts were filmed.
238 went to treatment.
156 are sober today.

That means 64% of addicts on the show were sober as of July 2013.

Delving deeper:

17 addicts (that we know of) have died since their intervention, as of Jan 2015.
16 of those 17 addicts went to treatment (Sean did not).

The 5 who did not go to treatment: Alissa, Marquel, Larry, Adam, Sean.

Discussion

15 Responses to “Intervention Success Rate”

  1. I thought I read that Marquel the exercise addict alcoholic got arrested for dwi and finally went to treatment possibly to avoid jail.

    Posted by Allen Fedorick | December 9, 2014, 2:22 pm
  2. i would be SHOCKED if over 60 percent of people who went to treatment were still sober. What do they do – fill out a questionnaire? And does that mean without a slip, or have some relapsed and are now sober for a month

    Posted by dan | April 4, 2015, 8:39 pm
    • exactly…there is NO WAY that 60 percent of those people are still sober..and so true about a slip (which isn’t horrible, but which begins the sobriety clock all over again)
      Rehabs have about a 5 percent rate of success in terms of ppl going and not relapsing..I’ve been to two..i’ve been sober 9 years now, thankfully.. It’s taken me 30 years..

      Posted by dan | December 8, 2015, 9:16 am
    • There is no real “100% hard fact based” system set up that gives anyone an accurate rate of not only current sobriety, but what else did they move to/or become addicted to. Many addicts that are sober from one thing just become addicted to other (healthy sounding) church, meetings, running highs or fitness or food health obsessions, or hundreds of other current schemes and dreams. They are still on the white knuckle addiction treadmill. I feel we need a whole new set of treatments available for addictive personalities and stop using the old “we’ll tell them how effed up we are because of them; and that will make them stop (fill in the blank) and be perfect”

      Posted by Lee | December 18, 2015, 5:58 pm
      • Church meetings and running highs versus opiate addiction and the hell that comes with it? I’ll take a church meeting any day.

        Though I do agree that telling some how fucked up they are and how they’re hurting others is not necessarily the most therapeutic approach.

        Posted by Jennifer | January 12, 2017, 9:45 pm
  3. It is rather hard to believe that 60% or so are sober. Considering the success rate of most clinic’s is around 5%, I agree with Dan, what do they do, fill out a questionnaire? It just doesn’t make sense that so many would still be sober, unless there is all kinds of follow up help after the show that’s keeping them inline.

    Posted by Simon Hinton | May 21, 2015, 6:29 pm
  4. exactly…even van vonderen relapsed. so do these numbers include people who relapsed and then got sober again? You can take those with a grain of salt…

    Posted by dan moses | May 23, 2015, 11:32 am
  5. I’m looking for a particular episode. The woman was addicted to meth or crack or maybe bath salts. But there is one scene where she is walking the streets talking crazy and says the phrase “what are words? we don’t even know what spinal fluid is yet”

    what episode is this!?

    Thanks

    Posted by James | November 16, 2015, 6:19 pm
  6. The success rate is based on what percentage of the intervenees completed their 90 days rehab. Period. Whatever happens after they left rehab is no longer relevant: it’s a success story and will be taken account as such.

    For instance, Megan completed her stint in rehab so she’s a success story and helps inflate the success rate. Never mind that she relapsed later on (actually pretty fast) and died from an heroin overdose.

    So yeah, it’s easy to boast about a stratospheric success rate.

    Posted by Kyle | December 8, 2015, 3:46 pm
  7. I do believe that this show would have a higher success rate than normal rehab rates. Most if not all of the addicts here have been to prior treatments and failed, thus this is their last resort! Plus the fact of knowing that your story is shown to millions would definitely put added emphasis on wanting to succeed!

    Posted by Frank | March 29, 2016, 10:37 pm
  8. FFS, I’m amazed and overjoyed at the percentage of them still alive. Statistics are just numbers and some people get way too excited about cutting them down. If the subject of the intervention is alive, not sticking needles in their neck, talking in cogent sentences and maybe even having a job with a payroll check, I’m fine with calling that a success. I look at their eyes in the follow-up – are they in there? Do they want to be in there more than they don’t? If yes to both, then that looks like a success to me.

    Posted by elvee | August 15, 2016, 10:20 pm

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