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AToN Residents Have an Increase in Distress Tolerance, Abstinence Self Efficacy & Coping Skill Utilization

AToN residents have an increase in distress tolerance, abstinence self efficacy and coping skill utilization:

After conducting a literature review, AToN Center identified distress tolerance, coping style, and abstinence self-efficacy as important qualities that can affect treatment outcomes. In response, AToN Center implemented an assessment protocol which assessed each resident’s coping style, level of distress tolerance, and abstinence self–efficacy utilizing standardized measures.  These assessments occurred within 72 hours of admission.  A final assessment occurred on the resident’s final treatment day. 

This data allows for understanding of how our curriculum contributes towards improved coping styles, increased ability to tolerate distress without relapsing, and also boosts confidence in one’s ability to stay sober, which significantly can predict relapse rates.  In addition, all residents at our San Diego treatment center who participated in this research were debriefed on their scores at the end of treatment in a final exit interview which provides both the client, as well as family members and other professionals with information on gains made, and areas needing focus in continued treatment.

This research was conducted over a one-year period, and 79 residents participated in the pre and post assessments. These residents on average experienced a statistically significant increase in distress tolerance in the 30 days of treatment received. Specifically, our residents demonstrated on average a 32% increase in distress tolerance from admission to discharge, taking them from a mean score of 2.56 upon entry, to a 4.16 out of a maximum 5.0. An assessment of effect size demonstrated a very large effect size (eta squared .58). Effect sizes over a .4 are statistical speak for “mathematically very significant!”

AToN Center residents also had a statistically significant increase in abstinence self-efficacy; with an average score upon admission of 2.57 “not very confident” which increases to a mean score of 4.31 which is “near extremely confident.” This scale also maxes at 5. This change represents a 35% increase in abstinence self-efficacy from admission to discharge. This effect size was also very large (eta squared .76).

AToN’s San Diego treatment center residents also subjectively reported an increase of approach coping skills, which reflect use of active coping skills, in lieu of avoidance techniques such as numbing, pretending a problem will go away on its own, and self-medicating. They also reported a decrease in using less than helpful avoidance techniques. Specifically, approach coping skills went from an “average” range to a “somewhat above average” range. Avoidant coping skills decreased from “well above average,” to “somewhat above average.” This shift from focusing on avoidant coping skills to increasing approach coping skills has been reported in research to be most effective in helping individuals prepare for success in recovery.

For a more in depth view on the research reported above, you may consult Dr. Cannon’s Assessment of AToN Curriculum.

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