SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

It was a proud moment for Rescue Mission graduates this weekend.

Twelve men and four women completed the 12-month-long residential drug and alcohol treatment program.

The Rescue mission participants' success rate is more than double the national average.

"It's working and continues to work long after our graduates leave and return to productive lives in Santa Barbara and beyond," said Rolf Geyling, President of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

Those who completed recovery program are now among more than 400 graduates since 2000.