Improving success rates for the well off and well known

Treatment isn’t a one size fits all service. It often isn’t a one and done service, either. We know that wealth presents additional challenges when it comes to treatment. The articles below identifies addiction myths, what to look for when choosing treatments, steps for successfully addressing addiction issues, and treatment models that have been proven to be successful.

One particularly successful treatment model has been that of airline pilots. They’ve been shown to have a 92% plus recovery rate at two years due to a special program (HIMS) and rigorous drug testing. The pilots program is similar to the doctor’s program (which has an 84% outcome rate at five years). These programs are not available to the general public. Families need to create a similar program for their loved ones to improve their chances of success. In families, money and access to other family resources can be used as incentives for compliance.

From the Hazelden article below:

The good news is that pilots who complete a prescribed and comprehensive rehabilitation program have achieved high rates of recovery. According to professionals in the field, about 92-95 % of pilots who go through an extensive rehabilitation process – called the Human Intervention and Motivation System (HIMS) remain sober two years later.

There are five basic steps in the HIMS Program

1.  Identification of the chemically dependent pilot

2. Evaluation for Chemical Dependency

3. Primary Treatment

4. Aftercare

5. Continuing Support and Monitoring (drug tests)

The leverage to obtain treatment compliance is the license to practice medicine or approval to fly.