The study, a joint effort of Syracuse University, the Research Institute on Addictions, and Elements Behavioral Health, followed dozens of patients from arrival in treatment and then again at one, three and six months following discharge. At program entry, the patients were using drugs and/or alcohol four out of five days on average. One month after discharge, however, study participants were abstinent from alcohol more than 97% of the time and abstinent from other drugs close to 96%. And those numbers remained relatively stable as the study progressed. Six months later, the participants were abstaining from alcohol close to 92% of the time and from drugs more than 94% of the time.
Study participants received treatment at one of four Elements Behavioral Health® facilities — two of which provided residential treatment and two of which provided a two-day hospital program with supported housing.
The study relied on self-reporting for its data, but those results were also verified by someone close to the participant, usually a family member. This process was the focus of a second part of the study that examined the realities of evaluating addiction treatment and offered confirmation that accurate reporting can indeed be obtained. Such results can then be used to help inform and improve addiction treatment.
The studies are presented under the following titles: