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FRN Research Report November 2015: Encouraging Medication Compliance to Alleviate Mental Health Symptoms

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Patients struggling with mental health symptoms face a unique juggling act in America. Working with their care providers, they must find the right medications and counseling protocols to effectively manage symptoms all while navigating a fractured health care system. Integrated treatment models that coordinate care in a single setting are considered ideal (SAMHSA, 2005).

Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) is nationally recognized for its evidence-based integrated treatment for individuals with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. Integrated treatment models are more effective and produce better long-term outcomes than addiction treatment alone (Drake, O’Neal, & Wallach, 2008).
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FRN Research Report July 2015: Remission Rates Provide Better Outcome Measures for Substance Use Disorder Treatments

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Addiction treatment is a paradoxical issue in the United States. While the majority of medical and scientific institutions define addiction as a chronic disorder, too often it is treated on an acute basis. Expecting addiction to respond to a single, acute-style treatment is unrealistic: as a chronic disease, addiction requires a continuum of care. Additionally, measuring the impact of treatment using an acute definition, such as cured, is also inappropriate. A better evaluation of addiction treatment measures how long a person stays symptom-free, or in remission.
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FRN Research Report June 2015: FRN Mental Health Outcomes

Research on Mental Health

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 27.6% of adults who used illicit drugs in the past year also had a mental illness compared to 13% of adults who did not have a mental illness and used illicit drugs. Additionally, alcohol use in the past month was also higher among adults with mental illness than among those who did not have an mental illness (8.0% vs. 6.6%). Further, 37.8% of the 20.3 million adults with a substance use disorder (SUD) had a co-occurring mental illness (16.7% of adults without SUD had mental illness in the past year).
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FRN Research Report May 2015: FRN Research and Outcomes One Year Post-Treatment

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Outcomes are an important measure of organizational performance and quality. Many programs in the addiction treatment industry generate their “success” rates based on “successful completion of (their) programs.” This is not a fair reflection of the goal of treatment and not an accurate measure of organizational performance or the quality of services. Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) reports on how our patients are doing after they receive treatment at one of our centers. These are not individual case studies, but actually the result of years of data collection both at treatment intake and again at one month, six months and 12 months after treatment. We refer to these as outcomes.

Healthcare in general is a data-rich environment, which means that healthcare providers have the opportunity to measure many different types of outcomes using data collected before, during and after treatment is provided.

FRN Research Report October/November 2014: Helping Patients Remain in Treatment Supports Positive Long-Term Outcomes

Positive Long-term Outcomes

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Length of stay in substance abuse treatment is a predictor of treatment outcomes, with longer stays associated with lower relapse and recidivism. Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) facilities recognize the importance of remaining in treatment in order to achieve the best possible long-term outcomes. During early treatment, the patient and his or her treatment team develop a treatment timeline. For addiction treatment, most patients require a treatment stay ranging from 28 days to 90 days in a residential facility to work through both the physical and emotional changes that sobriety requires. Many patients may have also experienced previous trauma or multiple issues of addiction, family conflict or emotional distress. In the integrated treatment model, these issues must be adequately treated in order to help prevent relapse and ensure patient success for long-term recovery. Therefore, it is highly recommended that patients stay in treatment and participate fully for the entire […]

FRN Research Report September 2014: Outcomes for Opiate Users at FRN Facilities

Outcomes for Opiate patients

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The illicit use of opioids has reached epidemic proportions in the United States (Alford, 2007; Meges et al, 2014). Americans consume a greatly disproportionate amount of opioids: While Americans constituted 4.6% of the world’s population, they consumed 80% of the global opioid supply in 2007 (Manchikanti et al, 2010). Heroin use is on the rise again with last year use by persons aged 12 and older peaking in 2012 at nearly 6.7 million (SAMHSA, 2012). Additionally, the CDC reports that prescription painkiller sales to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors’ offices was four times greater in 2010 than in 1999 (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, 2012) and average sales of opioids per person in the US increased by 402% between 1997 and 2007 (Manchikanti, Fellows, Allinani and Pampati, 2010). This epidemic of opiate abuse in the United States not only […]

FRN Research Report July 2014: Patient Satisfaction at The Canyon at Peace Park

The Canyon at Peace Park

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Patient satisfaction is an important element in measuring the effectiveness of treatment and organizational commitment to patient-centered care. Patient-centered care is a model in which patients and their families partner with health care providers to identify and treat the full range of patient needs and preferences. Organizations focusing on patient-centered care improve clinical outcomes and satisfaction rates by increasing the quality of patient-provider relationships (Rickert, 2012).

Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) employs patient-centered care to support our purpose: “Creating lifetime relationships for long term recovery.” All patients participating in treatment at The Canyon at Peace Park are offered the opportunity to provide feedback by completing patient satisfaction surveys dealing with key program processes, including their admission experience and the treatment process. This paper discusses the results of those surveys and their importance to The Canyon’s commitment to quality treatment and patient-centered care.

FRN Research Report June 2014: La Paloma Patient Outcomes – Sustaining Recovery at One Year

La Paloma Outcomes

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Not all residential treatment centers offer the same quality of patient care and results. Best practice guidelines recommend integrated treatment that addresses a patient’s substance use disorder and mental health conditions (TIP 42). La Paloma Treatment Center in Memphis, Tennessee, offers an integrated treatment program that addresses co-occurring addiction and mental health issues.

Patient satisfaction and engagement in addiction treatment plays a significant role in recovery outcomes. Just as every treatment plan must be unique to fit the needs of the individual, treatment centers must be adaptable to ensure year-over-year improvements in services and care delivery. High levels of patient engagement demonstrated by positive feedback and patient satisfaction rates ensure that patients achieve greater symptom relief and higher sobriety rates.

Run by Foundations Recovery Network, La Paloma specializes in protocols that achieve patient engagement in the treatment process. Through a variety of therapeutic techniques including Motivational Interviewing, facility staff […]

FRN Research Report May 2014: 2013 Patient Outcomes for Mental Health Disorders

Mental health outcomes

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Mental health disorders and addiction often go hand-in-hand, making both illnesses more severe. Research shows that integrated treatment which addresses mental health and substance use at the same time is the most effective for sustainable recovery (SAMHSA, 2005). Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) offers a nationally recognized integrated treatment program with proven results. The FRN system of care has been called the gold standard in the industry by Dr. Mark McGovern, PhD, a world reknowned expert in the treatment of co-occurring disorders and a member of Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. Foundations is also noted for meeting best practice benchmarks in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 42.

Based on data from 2013, patients with mental health disorders who were treated at FRN facilities experienced significant improvement in mental health symptoms and used substances fewer days per month. At intake, half of patients […]

FRN Research Report March/April 2014: Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment: 2013 Patient Outcomes for Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

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New attitudes about substance abuse are shining a light on the role of treatment centers. Does addiction treatment really work?

Recovery is possible, as this original, third party-verified research will demonstrate.

All treatment programs are not created equal, however. Data from large-scale national studies on treatment programs show that the best treatment facilities work with patients to achieve the following goals (Simpson, 2003):

  • Encourage patient motivation for the treatment process
  • Identify the severity of addiction
  • Offer services that are appropriately intense
  • Ensure engagement in the therapeutic process
  • Provide follow-up support, including referrals to community-based social supports

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