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).