Through cooperation with Montclair State University, Integrity recently concluded a study evaluating the effects of long term treatment of its clients. The results make a compelling case regarding the need for long term care.
A sample of our population was tracked over time to see how many graduated from Integrity and how their lives changed when compared to those who did not graduate.
96% of graduates reported a 30-day abstinence rate for drugs and alcohol, while only 86% reported abstaining within the prior 30 days.
This study also showed interesting trends on who is more likely to successfully complete Integrity.
Those entering treatment while having been recently employed full time or by the military were more likely to complete the program than those who entered the program unemployed and not actively seeking employment. This suggests that motivating people to change their life before beginning treatment will lead to greater success during treatment, whether they are actively using drugs at the time or not.
Similarly, Integrity’s findings mirrored the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 11th Principle of Effective Treatment regarding external motivation. Those clients referred through Drug Court were significantly more likely to complete the program than those who had less intensive probation, monitoring from family court, or had cases pending. The suggestion is that when a client has clear understanding from a referring legal entity of both the immediate consequences for failure to complete treatment and a clear understanding of the rewards successful completion brings (which are integral components in the Drug Court model), the client will be more likely to remain in treatment and successfully complete the program.