Length of Treatment as a Predictor of Outcome
This study investigated the point of diminishing returns for one specific program (drug treatment) along one specific objective (reduction of drug usage). The methodology involved having each client’s drug type and extent of usage rated at the time of intake and termination by the primary counselor. The rating scale ranged from one (no present use) to six (daily consumption). The results indicate that most clients receiving treatment in an outpatient setting make their greatest drug consumption during 9–18 weeks of therapy. Excluded from this group are the young, non-prescribed depressant abusers who make their drug pattern changes later in treatment.
KeywordsDrug Consumption Mental Health Center Drug Usage Drug Type Drug Treatment Program
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