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FRN Research Brief: Treatment Satisfaction

Satisfaction with treatment services is an important component in evaluating health care quality. While this concept is often measured and discussed there is limited research on the topic as it relates to substance abuse treatment services, and studies on treatment satisfaction have typically looked only at overall satisfaction. (more…)

Treatment Outcomes: Substance Use at One and Six Months

Ultimately, the goal of substance abuse treatment is to decrease substance use and foster abstinence. Typically this is reported either through abstinence rates ‐ the percentage of participants who did not use, or reductions in use.
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FRN Research Brief: Attending 12-step Meetings Improves Outcomes

Background

Most substance abuse treatment programs in the United States seek to involve clients in twelve-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Dual Recovery Anonymous, etc. By providing continuing support and structure, these programs serve to assist in the development of sober social support systems and ultimately reduce rates of relapse and subsequent treatment utilization. Recent studies of twelve-step meeting attendance have further supported the idea that individuals who attend, and more importantly become involved in, meetings maintain abstinence from alcohol and drug use. Importantly, similar benefits of twelve-step attendance have also been found for individuals with co-occurring disorders.
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