On a flight to Los Angeles with my business partner we had just settled in to our business class seats when the pilot began to welcome us to Fly High Airlines. “Ladies and gentleman I want to welcome you to Fly High I have some great news to report the past eight flights to Los Angeles have ended in tragedy the pilot missed the runway and all aboard have perished”. I looked at my partner and said did he just say what I thought he said? The pilot continued, “The good news is that statistically we have a great chance of landing safely! Yes 80% of our flights do not make it and it looks like we may be in the 20% category”!
I have learned during my grocery shopping to open the gallon of milk before I buy it, I have been reprimanded a few times in fact one grocery store does not allow me to shop there anymore. Heck only 4 out of every 10 gallons of milk are fresh, I want to make sure I get the fresh milk! Unfortunately, the eggs are a different story. Out of a dozen eggs only five are fresh!
If this actually were the case how much faith would we have in the airline industry? Who would not open the milk before buying it? How many of us would cease eating or cooking with eggs? Let me go out on a limb here, we would all just take our chances, because that happens to other people and not me! The upside is enough for me to take the risk, right? Wrong!
The truth is none of us would purchase a product or service that is not effective. If that is so, then why would we send our family, friends or in many cases ourselves to an addiction rehab that is 20% to 30% effective? Worse yet, why would an addiction rehab or treatment center continue to teach and promote the techniques that clearly are ineffective? I have scratched my head at this for quite some time.
If this is the case and it is, no wonder the success rate of recovery is so low! People love to look at all of the other variables such as people forced into recovery by the courts, family, or employers and these clients are resistant, in denial and not willing to follow a successful treatment protocol! Wrong, wrong, wrong!!! Albert Einstein is often quoted for the definition of insanity, doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.