Addictions Patients Improve Psychological Well-Being

Addictions Patients improve Psychological Well-Being

BECKs™ Pilot Outcomes Project (B-POP)

Preliminary psychological data* were collected from 417 Addictions patients upon Admission & Discharge during 2011 & 2012. The patients in this sample completed a series of BECKs scales for Depression (BDI®-II), Anxiety (BAI®), and Hopelessness (BHS®). These scales are standardized and valid assessments of psychological mood and well-being. The line graph below shows the extent to which patients improved after completing the 30-day program. The degree of improvement in all areas was statistically and clinically significant.

Patients report significant improvement in mood and behaviors:

  • Feeling Hopeful & Optimistic about the Future — improved by 87%
  • Being Irritable & Agitated – reduced by 77%
  • Feelings of Worthlessness & Despondency – improved by 83%

Addictions Program Patient Characteristics

Data from B-POP comprised basic demographic information and the BECKs scales which are customarily collected on all patients who admit to & discharge from Sierra Tucson. Data from 417 patients were gathered and analyzed, which is 66% of the total 634 patients completing the Addictions program for that same time period.

The patients comprising this pilot outcomes study were mostly men (61%). Patients’ ages were grouped into two groups, those in their 20’s (41%) and those 30 years & older (59%).

Patient Demographics

Where will our Outcomes Research go from here?

Sierra Tucson is committed to providing the best possible care to our patients’ recovery. Thus, we have established an Outcomes Research Program aimed to assess patient progress, not just at discharge, but over the course of their recovery in the long-term. Our commitment to our patients goes above and beyond the time they are in treatment at our facility. The second important reason why we have established an Outcomes Research Program is to rely upon patient-reported progress to consistently enhance the efficacy of our programs so that we remain evidenced-based and cutting-edge in our approaches to healing and recovery.

For our Addictions program specifically, this means we also are currently in the process of teaming up with the new Connection’s Program, to assess addictions-specific-quality-of-life issues up to one-year after discharge. Addictions data will be updated periodically; please visit our website for these updates!