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Treating Addiction: Drug Abuse Rehab

Updated on June 30, 2010

A recent medical research study on addictive patients assigned multiple narcotics users between the ages of 16 and 30 to approximately six weeks of a residential therapeutic program or a short outpatient therapeutic Drug Abuse Rehab program consisting of three episodes spaced over a period of a month. Each therapy was centered on six aftercare episodes over a period of fifteen months. All the young multiple narcotics users who were present for therapy were eligible to be a part of the study only on the basis that they were not critically cognitively impaired, psychotic, in requirement of psychoactive narcotics, and were in a condition to adhere to either inpatient or outpatient treatment. Patients were screened at intake as to their cooperative proclivities to accept outpatient, day clinic therapy and residential therapy.

Nearly 70% of all of the eligible subjects decided against participation when faced with this criterion, the vast majority of whom did so due to the fact that they were not willing to undergo Drug Abuse Rehab therapy as an inpatient. During the time of assessment, the patients reported their common utilization of an average of six narcotics classes and included an average of two narcotics classes which were rated by the patient as presenting a problem for them. Generally, there was no significant differentiation between these groups on a coherent measurement of narcotics use at the follow-ups which occurred one year and two years after the termination of the Drug Abuse Rehab program.

When it came time to review the conclusions of this study it was found to be considerably more convoluted and much more difficult to make a definitive statement about the study. This was not necessarily due to any problem with the methodology of the study, but betrayed a fundamental problem which surfaces whenever any of these types of studies are conducted in a clinical setting. By the sheer nature of the task, the criteria and the methodologies applied by the studies have to be inexact and fuzzy to a certain degree as they deal with a staggering variety of factors which are very difficult to accurately quantify in a clinical research setting and then to condense and categorize properly according to the standards which are necessitated by peer reviewed medical publications and journals.

In the study being discussed, patients were assigned in a random manner to inpatient or outpatient therapy in two of the comparisons taken into consideration within this medical study. The outpatient therapy was exactly the same in both of the study cases. The two inpatient Drug Abuse Rehab therapy programs were exactly the same in duration and subject matter to those covered in the initial study, but were different in the methodology that a system of credits was utilized to encourage therapy progress and adherence with the rules and expectations of the therapeutic program. During the follow-ups which occurred one year and two years after the termination of the program, there was little difference among the study groupings on the narcotic use measures.

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