According to an article on PsychCentral (10/22/14) a new study from Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, the researchers found what has long been known. There are no national standards for addiction care, and that the acute care model still directs treatment.
In a previous blog, the issue of acute care versus chronic care was raised. The underlying realities of the acute care model remain. Here are the known facts:
- Addiction is a chronic disease
- Continual care and status check-ups are needed
- Addressing real-time issues are crucial to maintaining sobriety (drugs and alcohol)
- Mental health issues must be addressed simultaneously and for the long term
- Known scientific therapies do work and need to be utilized
- Professional staffing with expertise in drug and alcohol addiction is needed
- Separate programs for men and women along with specialty treatments (religions, sexual preference)
- Comprehensive family programs need to be integrated into the treatment program
- Strong support systems need to be established
- Clinical groups for aftercare must be part of the treatment program
- Aftercare programs help maintain early sobriety and solidify the tools for recovery
- Use technology to help support those in recovery
Columbia University launches new interactive website
In keeping with the times, Columbia University has launched a new interactive website that allows providers and patients access to recovery information and tools. Does this sound familiar?
Recovery Passport Solutions is dedicated to shifting the failure of drug and alcohol treatment programs by utilizing web based tools. Where Columbia University’s interactive website offers people tools to determine whether addiction is a problem, we offer treatment facilities the tools to “shore up” client recovery in their aftercare program and a way for clients to stabilize and strengthen their early recovery. It also allows clients to build support networks anywhere anytime 24/7. That is extraoradinary! Ben Levenson, co-founder of Origins Recovery Center, was quoted in the article as saying that when treatment finished he felt he was on his own. Our tools make sure that doesn’t happen.
Real Outcomes Matter
The problems attending to reporting treatment outcomes was raised in the article as well. One of the biggest problems to date is the haphazard manner in which facilities obtain, create and analyze their “data.” Most of the treatment program outcomes promoted on websites are created for marketing purposes, flouting the scientific approach.
Recovery Passport can provide you, the Provider with real, usable data that can indeed improve your outcomes. Thus, ongoing check ups are possible making real-time data measurable. That is the key to improving outcomes, improving treatment and reducing recidivism. The consequences of having a multi-tool application available to clients and clinicians is obvious—better aftercare programming.
Recovery Passport Can Improve Outcomes and the Bottom Line
The cost of providing treatment is enormous, yet with better outcomes, the cost can be reduced. With better outcomes, more people in need of treatment can be reached. We can shift the perception of addiction treatment away from acute care and into chronic care utilizing hard data.
The shift in focus from acute care to chronic care must come from Providers. Recovery Passport helps make that shift possible. The alternative to an industry-motivated shift is problematic.
We have to tools available. We need to use them in new and different ways. Addiction is too costly both economically and socially to ignore the need for change.