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15 Things Outcome Monitoring Does For Substance Abuse Recovery

If you were to purchase a new stereo, take it home, plug it in, and find that it does not work, what would you do?  Most individuals would handle this situation by returning to the store from which the item was purchased, and requesting a working replacement item.  What if the store actually checked up on you to ensure that the purchased product worked as intended, and helped you resolve any difficulties you encountered when using the product?  You would probably consider this to be excellent customer service, and would feel certain that no matter what occurred, you would certainly be satisfied with a fully operational product.  Why should receiving drug rehabilitation treatment be any different?

Individuals who consider drug rehabilitation may balk at the suggestion simply because they feel uncertain about whether rehabilitation will actually work to restore them to a normal, healthy, productive life.  It is for this reason that outcome monitoring is so vital.  Following are fifteen things that outcome monitoring does for substance abuse recovery:

1. Manage quality of care

Outcome monitoring allows a rehabilitation facility to inspect the quality of their patient care.  Many patients who feel cared for and supported often do better on their programs to achieve and maintain sobriety.

2. Improve patient satisfaction

A patient who is unsatisfied with their rehabilitation treatment is unlikely to fight to maintain their sobriety.  When rehabilitation facilities contact their former patients, they can learn about instances of unsatisfied patients and then work to improve the issues that caused that to occur.  They can also learn about what causes patient satisfaction and work to strengthen that.

3. Allocate treatment resources

Many rehabilitation facilities receive support from the government or other agencies in order to provide their services.  Outcoming monitoring verifies the success rate of rehabilitation treatment programs and can allow more treatment resources to be allocated as needed.

4. Improve treatment

When patient outcome is routinely monitored, holes in rehabilitation treatment can be spotted and resolved.  For example, if patients routinely struggle with difficult life problems after leaving rehab, the rehabilitation facility may need to look into how they educate their patients in handling life problems.

5. Streamline rehabilitation treatment actions

Outcome monitoring may find that a rehabilitation facility’s treatment actions are well-designed to target and resolve the causes and effects of drug addiction, and also that patients felt there were also added, unnecessary actions that failed to assist them in their journey toward recovery. Such unnecessary actions can be eradicated or shifted to be more helpful to the patient.

6. Ensure successful reintegration into society

While separated from society and attending rehab, many individuals find the support and encouragement they need to resolve their problems with addiction.  Returning to society and the normal life patterns that originally contributed to their addiction, however, can prove difficult in some cases.  Outcome monitoring ensures that the individual has successfully reintegrated into society without returning to drug use.

7.  Providing support and encouragement where needed

Even the individual who has learned valuable life skills to help them address problems without turning to drug use can sometimes feel disheartened with a difficult life problem actually turns up.  Having someone to speak with who can provide support and encouragement can give the individual the extra push they need to make it through these difficulties.

8. Address and resolution of new drug problems

It is true that sometimes an individual who has attended rehab can return to drug use in the future.  If caught and resolved quickly, the individual can be gotten back onto the path of sobriety with minimal trouble.

9. Checking up on goals

An individual who has no goals in life often suffers, even if he does not turn to drug use.  Outcome monitoring can ensure that the individual is setting and reaching for goals in their life and maintaining a healthy, productive lifestyle.

10. Assisting with housing if needed

Perhaps the individual who completed rehab returned to their normal life only to discover that their roommates are themselves abusing drugs.  Obviously, changing their living situation would best ensure that they don’t sink back into harmful patterns, but they may need help with finding appropriate housing.  Outcome monitoring can turn up this situation and help the individual resolve it.

11. Encouraging participation in drug-free groups and activities

A former drug addict, especially one who abused drugs for a considerable length of time, may have difficulty in establishing new drug-free friends and activities.  Outcome monitoring can assist an individual in reaching out to and finding new groups and activities.

12. Resolving drug cravings

Some individuals may not return to drug use immediately after rehab treatment, but may struggle with difficult drug cravings.  There are a variety of ways this can be addressed and resolved so that the individual does not give in and return to drug use.

13. Assistance with health issues

Even after an individual has gone through drug withdrawals and a physical detoxification program, they may still experience physical health issues as their body tries to establish a new, healthy normal.  Rehabilitation facility staff can help the individual resolve these issues.

14. Assistance in addressing and handling harmful personalities

An individual who is encountering harmful personalities may not know exactly how to address and resolve this on their own.  Trained, experienced rehabilitation center staff can help them with this.

15. Assistance in providing additional, needed skills

It can occur that an individual began using drugs in high school or college, and subsequently held an uninteresting, low-income job.  Following their rehabilitation treatment, the individual may desire to gain the skills needed to pursue a more challenging, productive job.  Outcome monitoring can clarify which new skills the individual desires to gain in order to lead a more challenging, happier life and turn the individual in the right direction to pursue these skills.

Outcome monitoring is more than just a way for a rehabilitation facility to ensure the success of their treatment and the health of their former patients, it can continue to support and encourage the individual to lead a happy, productive life and is therefore a vital part of rehabilitation treatment programs.

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