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How Patient Readiness Can Improve Success in Treatment

How Patient Readiness Can Improve Success in Treatment

The comment is often overheard that a patient is not ‘ready’ following treatment to be done. This may come after adverse patient outcomes in treatment or some recent interactions that demonstrate the challenges for some people post treatment. Predicting engagement in treatment requires focusing on patient readiness and how to best support individual outcomes.


Some recent studies on patient outcomes demonstrate the need for more information about what makes people ready post treatment to handle recovery. Treatment readiness depends on factors like motivation and the ability to stay focused in spite of challenges. Some people may be in treatment against their will, which can negatively impact outcomes. One of the biggest factors that plays a role in positive outcomes is the desire to be in treatment and receive support. Some additional findings have outlined surprise results:

  • The greater frequency of substance use slightly increased the odds of engaging in substance use treatment.
  • Men are less likely than women to engage in treatment
  • Married individuals are less likely than never-married people to engage in treatment

Risk Factors

Some individual-level risk factors can include the need to be better informed about what treatment will be like prior to attending. Treatment readiness is such a challenge because there are individual and program-level factors at play. There are variations between programs that may or may not be a good fit for a person. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 tries to get a person to successfully enter recovery without relapse within the first year post rehab. What can help mitigate risk factors includes:

  • Social connections that support recovery
  • Finding social networks that support recovery principles along with meeting others who understand the challenges
  • Finding mental health services

When a person can find the right services post rehab it can make a huge difference to the outcomes. Because the first year is the most important following treatment, an individual needs a lot of up-front support to get them on the right track to support a longer journey ahead.

Serenity works hard to provide services and programs that are tailor made for individuals with addiction. Our dedicated staff work tirelessly to cultivate a safe space where people can come and learn about addiction and recovery. From detox to aftercare, we are here to support your needs. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401