About Conquer Addiction
When it became blindingly clear that our beloved 20-year-old daughter needed help for a serious alcohol addiction, my husband and I were thrown into a frightening new world. Over the next six years, we were forced to repeatedly try to find treatment programs, halfway homes and tools that could help "Lynne" become and remain sober. Read my story.
Our family has been extraordinarily blessed that Lynne was able to find the strength to become and stay sober over three years ago. And as the terror of wondering what terrible news the next phone call might bring has receded, I've been struck how many of the other families we met along the way also relied on chance conversations and blind luck to find help for their son or daughter. Surely there's a better way.
I founded Conquer Addiction in the hopes that it could help in at least three ways:
- Provide an anonymous forum where parents struggling to help children abusing drugs or alcohol can get advice and support from others who've traveled down the same path.
- Offer a rehab center database that is easily searchable by the factors parents need to know -- location, types of treatment offered, cost for the recommended minimum stay, what health insurance (if any) are they in network for or will they submit to, what (if any) payment plans they offer, and whether they monitor and report their treatment success rates. Unlike many other review sites that get kick-backs from referring clients to specific treatment centers, Conquer Addiction is totally independent and does not accept payments from rehab centers for referrals.
- Encourage treatment centers to monitor and report their recovery success rates, such as what percentage of their clients are clean and sober one year after leaving treatment. I find it incomprehensible in today's data-driven world that almost no rehabs bother to track their success rates, forcing families to consider shelling out tens of thousands of dollars on the basis of a friend's recommendation or a conversation with someone who sounds nice on the phone.
A second reason that tracking success rates is so important is that "what gets measured gets done". Once the data becomes available, it is likely that treatment centers will focus on trying to improve their success rates by studying trends within their own center (i.e., did this group do better than that group) and learning from other centers with better results. But until the data is collected, it's too easy to rely on doing things the way they've always been done, whether or not it is effective.
If you're trying to help someone with an active addiction or are struggling with addiction yourself, I hope you find these resources helpful. Please let me know if there is something else we could do to help.
Joanna Conti, CEO
Conquer Addiction, Inc.