Individuals in the health care field struggling with alcohol and drug addictions tend to have much lower relapse rates than the general public. Why? One reason is that professionals like doctors and nurses are often required to enroll in a mandatory monitoring program in order to keep their jobs.
In a comprehensive study of 802 physicians enrolled in a mandatory monitoring program after alcoholism or drug addiction treatment, 77% were judged at the end of five years to have had a successful outcome. Learn more here. This contrasts with the general belief that 40% to 60% of the general population will relapse after substance abuse treatment, typically within a few months.
Monitoring programs improve the odds that you or your loved one will remain sober after treatment because the alcohol or drug abuser knows that they will likely get caught if they relapse. Nothing is fail-safe, of course, and monitoring is not going to stop an addict who is dead set upon using. However, since it is so important (and difficult) to maintain sobriety in the early days, doesn't it make sense to provide a recovering alcoholic or drug addict with every possible tool?
Alcohol Monitoring: SoberLink offers a randomized monitoring programs for alcohol abusers who are committed to remaining clean and sober. The client will be notified between 15 and 30 times a month to breathe into a small breathalyzer they can carry with them. Each test takes about a minute, and the results are reported immediately to SoberLink. Contact SoberLink directly for more information.
Drug Monitoring: Monitoring for drug use requires the client to report to a nearby medical testing laboratory and submit a urine sample on the day they are notified to do so, typically 4 to 6 times a month. Contact us if you need help finding someone who can oversee a drug monitoring program for you.