Early this summer, after yet another celeb exited rehab, I posted The "Lohan" Phenomenon - Do Celebs in Rehab Diminish the Recovery Process? With last week's rehab-release fiasco, I felt the need to reiterate some important points about serious people who seriously want to kick addiction. There seems to be a general outcry/backlash occurring all over the media - from celebrity-focused TV shows, court television, newspapers, etc. Everyone has an opinion.
But what do experts in addiction treatment have to say? WebMD has two excellent pieces, the first - Rehab's Role in Treating Addiction, gives a very clear description of the addiction treatment process. Family Poll: Half of Addicts Seek Help - Survey Shows that Most Who Go for Treatment Get Better, which discusses a recent Gallup poll showing that although only half of family members seek treatment, 82% of those who seek help get better.
Although not an addiction professional, the alcoholism and drug abuse "guide" at About.com has a helpful post, Components of Effective Treatment Programs that includes a key component to successful treatment and recovery: Strong Patient Motivation, "All approaches to (alcoholism) recovery depend on the desire of the person to get and remain sober."