Substance Use Treatment Outcomes
Over half of our residents participating were male (61%) and the majority of our residents were in a stable living environment (95%). Our residents have typically attained a high level of education, with 62% holding a degree of some sort. Around one-third (31%) of our residents came to treatment because friends or family encouraged them to seek treatment, while 50% of our residents reported seeking treatment because they “became tired of living this way.” Alcohol was overwhelmingly the primary substance of choice (56%), while heroin (11%), opiates (11%) and benzodiazepines (8%) were also common. A strong majority of residents at AToN (85%) met the definition for having a severe substance use disorder and 34% of respondents reported having no prior treatment prior to attending AToN.While AToN Center if a substance use primary program, our clinical staff is highly equipped to treat dual diagnoses. Upon intake, 68% of the respondents reported moderate to severe symptoms of depression. Anxiety was also highly reported with 63% endorsing moderate to severe symptoms. Of our residents, 54% reported symptoms indicative of post-traumatic stress disorder. Of note – four of our full time psychologists are either certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), or in the process of being certified in EMDR with the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
Progress During Treatment
Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder were measured upon admission and discharge to ascertain the resident’s progress during treatment. There was a decrease of depression symptoms from 72% to 14% as measured by the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). There was a decrease of anxiety symptoms from 64% to 23% as measured by the Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale (GAD-7). Lastly, there was a decrease in trauma symptoms from 57% to 19% as measured by the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL-6).