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Length of Treatment as a Predictor of Outcome

  • Kenneth DeSeve
  • James Loudermilk
  • Frank Cannata

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Drug Consumption Mental Health Center Drug Usage Drug Type Drug Treatment Program 
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References

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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth DeSeve
    • 1
  • James Loudermilk
    • 1
  • Frank Cannata
    • 1
  1. 1.Spokane Community Mental Health CenterUSA

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