Updated: Oct 31, 2018
Evolutions Launches Outcomes Studies – Treatment Success Rates
The Relationship between Outcomes and Success (Treatment & Recovery)
For many, the decision to seek treatment is a starting place, with the days, weeks, months, and years that follow representing the real race. And, just like an athlete trains for success, those seeking treatment must approach rehabilitation as an essential healing and conditioning step that will train their bodies and minds for long-term success.
With that in mind, the question becomes “how do I find the best facility for myself or my loved one?” How do you determine which rehabilitation center can help create a solid foundation for the challenges that lie ahead?
Assessing Outcomes & Determining Success
There are many ways to answer that question, but for those beginning their search, one of the best factors to consider is outcomes. On paper, outcomes may simply represent the numerical equivalent to success, but those numerical representation have real life implications as they speak to the tools, resources, and strength that patients have both inside and outside a treatment program.
Today, many treatment centers fail to follow-up with their patients, equating successful outcomes to the completion of the in-house treatment period. However, one of the biggest challenges patients must face is the return to “normal life,” where stressors lurk alongside temptation.
With that in mind, individuals and families that are reviewing their treatment option should always consider the outcomes as presented by a treatment center, identifying those that account for long-term success in their definition of “outcomes.”
At Evolutions Treatment Center, we recognize success at various milestones. The decision to enter a program and the ability to complete that program represent individual examples of success, but to us, the success of the program must be determined by the patient’s ability to sustain a long-lasting recovery that allows them to return to their family and community.
For that reason, we are invested in providing aftercare support and reaching out to patients at 1-week, 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, and one-year post-treatment intervals. In doing so, we work with patients to strengthen our effectiveness, basing success on their ability to maintain abstinence, increase their quality of life, and stay committed to utilizing resources and tools such as continual therapy, treatment, and/or support.
Today, we’re happy to report that nearly 90% of responding clients maintained abstinence, over 80% continue to report an increase in their quality of life, and a full 77% continue to recognize the importance of aftercare by engaging in ongoing utilization of the tools and resources around them (i.e. therapy, etc.)
Factors that lead to Positive Outcomes
Outcomes are important factors to consider when reviewing treatment facilities, but it’s also important to understand some of the leading contributors to a successful outcome. At Evolutions Treatment Center, we recognize that our program is only as successful as the staff, methodologies, and overall environment allow. With this sentiment in mind, we encourage those seeking a treatment facility to inquire about the following, all of which play a significant role in the outcome.
It’s true that addiction recovery efforts can, in theory, take place anywhere as long as the individual is willing and has a solid support system, but in our experience, clients that feel relaxed, secure, and comfortable while in treatment can better focus on their recovery.
This doesn’t mean that patients must deplete their finances to gain access to this environment. We offer upscale accommodations at an affordable price and accept most types of commercial health insurance, allowing patients to maintain dignity and comfort regardless of their circumstance.
There is no single successful approach to recovery, and each client comes to us as part of their own unique journey. For that reason, we limit the number of clients we serve at any given time, enabling us to provide each one the personal time and attention they need and deserve.
Our care programs are designed to meet the specific needs and challenges our patients, with commitment stays ranging from 30 to 90 days (though other flexible arrangements can be made), and treatment programs that combine psychotherapeutic, evidence-based and holistic practices. There practices range from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to Art Therapy and Pet Assisted Therapy (for a full list of therapy practices, visit our About Page).
We also recognize the importance that alternative therapy plays in recovery, both inside and outside our facility. Therefore, we offer access to and encourage clients to participate in physical fitness, yoga, meditation, etc., each of which can assist clients once they transition back to every day life.
As any member of the recovery community knowns, the journey is not complete once an in-house program comes to an end. And, much like most medical procedures require follow-up appointments, we believe that a successful outcome requires follow-up care.
Extended care should be a focal point of any comprehensive treatment program as it helps with the difficult transition from the security of primary, on-site treatment to everyday life, a time when patients can be vulnerable.
In addition, clients also have the option of engaging in day or evening IOP with housing as well as a 2-month transitional program in our Joint Commission Accredited housing, providing housing, supervision, support, etc.
Recover is an ongoing journey, and successful outcomes depend on strong foundation support and care. In this sense, “outcomes” represent both short- and long-term success for you and/or your loved ones.
Therefore, all treatment centers should strive to determine outcomes through interactions that exceed the 30-, 60-, or 90-day treatment phase, and individuals and families that are seeking help on the road to recovery should consider a center’s commitment to long-term outcomes in addition to short-term treatment.