November 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm #23970
As with any potentially life-changing experience, some of the results an individual would expect to achieve from a drug rehabilitation treatment program would be very personal. We are each individuals with our own life experiences and life events, none of which are the same person-to-person. We each have our own relationships and our own families, our own goals and purposes, our own areas of interest and activities, all of which would be uniquely ours. But for every one of us there would be certain results we would expect to obtain from a drug rehab program, results which would allow us to successfully live our own individual drug-free and productive life.
Measuring the Results
Results are the favorable or concrete outcome or effect that is achieved by actions or efforts. In the field of drug rehabilitation treatment and its results, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) have long advocated the monitoring of those graduating from treatment programs as a vital part of treatment quality management. Such follow-up is also advocated as an important component of results-oriented performance.
The CSAT (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment) delineated a number of “core client outcome measures” which could be used to assess treatment outcome results, recommending as well a data collection tool by which to obtain the post-graduate data. The outcome measures advocated included the factors of substance abuse, physical and mental health, criminal activity, education and/or employment status, family and living conditions and social connectedness.
This type of comprehensive follow-up monitoring is rarely if ever implemented in a treatment setting due in part to the fact that follow-up surveys of rehab program completions are long, and require a substantial investment of time and resources. Despite any such barriers, Narconon Arrowhead engaged the help and expertise of research scientists to develop a concise but comprehensive outcome monitoring form by which to accurately assess and measure outcome results of their drug rehab program. The outcome monitoring form is based on a CSAT/ GPRA (Government Performance and Results Act of 1993) survey, and is the survey tool used in Narconon Arrowhead’s Routine Outcome Monitoring procedure, a means by which to accurately measure their rehab program’s results.
Narconon Arrowhead Drug Rehab Program Results
The Foundation for Advancements of Science and Education (FASE) prepared two reports summarizing Narconon Arrowhead outcome results for the years, 2006 and 2007. A synopsis is included below which gives an accurate look at the real-world results of the Narconon Arrowhead rehab treatment program.
In May of 2006, staff contacted 80% of the 65 students who had graduated 7 to 8 months prior to the routine outcome monitoring survey date. In the 30 days prior to the survey:
- 67.3% were reported completely drug-free including no alcohol use. An additional 15.4% had used no drug except social alcohol (that is, not drinking to intoxication.)
- 51.9% reported drug and alcohol free since graduating.
- 76.9% were gainfully employed or enrolled in school full time.
- 96.2% were arrest-free.
In February of 2007, center staff contacted 95% of the 37 individuals who graduated six months prior to the report period. In the 30 days prior to the survey:
- 76.5% reported completely drug-free. 8.8% had used no drug other than social alcohol.
- 76.5% reported drug and alcohol free since graduating.
- 86% of the graduates were gainfully employed and/or enrolled full time in school.
- 97.1% were arrest-free.
These real-world outcome results, in addition to assessing the “core client outcome measures” advocated by CSAT, also give a clear and insightful look into the real-world and very personal results that enable a graduate of the Narconon Arrowhead drug treatment program to live a drug-free and productive life, a life worth living to its fullest.