There are long term programs and there are short term programs. There are programs that rely on turning over control to a higher power and programs that encourage addicts to find power within themselves.
There are programs that trade addictions, Methadone for heroin, Suboxone for Oxy. Lines form around the block for those who march to the methadone clinic as their daily ritual because they are treating drug addiction with . . . well . . . drug addiction.
Some will never know sobriety and that may be a fact which is unavoidable but perhaps they were never given the opportunity to try to go completely off drugs as a remedy for addiction. A good number of patients of drug substitute treatment trade their substitutes for the real thing, or they abuse them the same way they abused the other.
Some drug treatment programs are more holistic, and I would argue, have the potential to be more successful. These programs identify the source of the problem, the origin of the inclination to abuse drugs, and treat the cause not the symptoms. They aren’t treating drugs with drugs.
Healthy food, vitamin therapy, yoga, alternative medicine, and talk therapy have all been ridiculed in pop culture. The latter has taken on many forms and been the butt of many jokes, but the fact is, it works for some people. Unorthodox treatment doesn’t automatically indicate danger. I think there is a strong case to be made for non-medical, holistic, life-skills based rehabilitation for drug abusers.
But the world would be a better place with better regulation and evidence-based practices and oversight to eliminate potential for abuses and fraud. That’s true.