Overcoming one’s addiction is a very private and personal matter. Just like with any other illness or disorder, treatment for substance abuse needs to be done confidentiality. This is such an important factor that some drug and alcoholism rehabilitation programs could fail if this issue isn’t effectively settled. One example that illustrates this is an initiative by the US Army that is supposed to provide treatment for soldiers who abuse alcohol.
The military institution is faced with the tragic fact that 1 out of 4 soldiers suffer from alcoholism. Based on their research, this problem has been linked to growing incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence and suicide. In 2009 the Army started a pilot treatment program that included confidential counseling. Unfortunately the program had a high 70% dropout rate. Because of this, the project has intermittently stalled for three years now, indefinitely postponing expansion to all 60 Army bases. To date, the program runs in only 6 bases located in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Kansas, Missouri and Colorado.
According to the drug and alcohol rehabilitation experts that have commented on the Army’s treatment program, the confidentiality issue is the likely cause of the dropout rate. While confidential counseling is offered, the serviceman seeking treatment is required by military policy to inform his or her commanding officer. This can effectively discourage anyone building a career in the Army from even thinking about getting into the treatment program.
Privacy and confidentiality are just some of the basic benefits offered by our private drug rehab center. We create a safe haven where your loved one can securely undergo recovery and not have to worry about the social pressures that are part of the reality of everyday life. Unfortunately, those who may need it most, those active in the military, are not getting access to the same level of treatment.
Posted on April 26th, 2012 in Help Blog