Measuring Success


We made it our mission to build a better treatment model and improve success rates.

Lasting Recovery

At Canadian Health Recovery Centre, one of the first questions we are often asked by someone looking for more information about residential treatment for addiction is “what is your success rate?”

This is an important question because no one wants to make an investment in a program that doesn’t work.  There is too much at stake to waste precious time and money on unproven techniques and strategies.

What you may not know is that CHRC exists because in 2015, two couples came to the conclusion that there had to be a better way to help people overcome addiction than the treatment options that were currently available.

One of the conclusions that we came to early on is that popular definitions of recovery success are not helpful.  Many of us have developed an unrealistic expectation of success based on our experience with the small percentage of people who are able to make a once-for-all-time decision to stop drinking or using drugs.  Some of our clients who graduate our program are in fact able to say that they have not had to experience a lapse or relapse in their recovery journey but statistics show that lapses and relapses are a normal part of the recovery process for most people.

Our observation is that those who define recovery success as never lapsing doom themselves to the shame and guilt of pass/fail perspective and can easily spiral into the kind of relapse that is difficult to recover from.

A better way forward is to appreciate that while no one is capable of perfection, we are all capable of making progress which is why we frame recovery success in terms of fewer and shorter relapses. This definition of success is anchored in a commitment to preparing our clients with the tools and resources they need to live a life of sustainable recovery progress. 

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