What is the Success Rate of People Who Go to Rehab?

What is the Success Rate of People Who Go to Rehab?

Joanna Conti
Originally Posted:
Mar 30, 2023


The success rate for adults going to rehab is 36%.  This means that, on average, 36% of former rehab patients are reachable and report that they’ve successfully abstained from all alcohol and illicit drug use for at least the last 30 days when contacted one year after treatment:   

This 36% success rate has not changed in 30 years. However, you should know that there’s a tremendous variation in success rates between rehabs.  In Vista Research Group’s outcomes research, success rates among respected rehabs vary between 18% and 52%!

The fact that more than half of the patients at the best rehab are abstinent one year later versus less than one out of five patients at the worst shows how critically important it is to choose your rehab carefully.  Use Conquer Addiction’s free rehab search tool to find the best rehabs near you according to independently-validated success rates.


P.S. A lot of rehabs will tell you that 75% or more of their patients are in recovery six months or a year later. As sorry as I am to say this, it’s simply not true. Here’s how they’re miscalculating their success rate.


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