The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

5082.0: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - Table 9

Abstract #41411

Substance abuse treatment outcomes and social support profiles: Results from North Dakota TOPPS study

Kazi A Ahmed, PhD1, L. Sue Tohm, MS2, and Careema Yusuf, MPH1. (1) Johnson, Bassin & Shaw Inc., 8630 Fenton Street 12th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301-495-1080,, (2) North Dakota Department of Human Services, 600 South Second Street Suite 1E, Bismarck, ND 58504

Abstract Text: Methods: This study describes the demographic and social support profiles of substance abuse treatment clients. The nature of informal social support of substance abuse clients with positive and those with no change are examined. Data for this study comes from a sample of 107 substance abuse clients who received residential treatment from the North Dakota State Hospital and those who received intensive outpatient care from regional treatment centers. Data on various outcomes and social support network was collected via several instruments including the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), and the Inventory of Socially Supportive Behavior (ISSB). The ASI was administered at intake, discharge, and four months following discharge. Results: Four months after treatment, 73 percent of the clients reported no alcohol or drug problems in the past thirty days while 27 percent reported still having problems. Those with continuing problems are most likely to be single never married, female, slightly lower years of education, and a slightly smaller social support network. Conclusion: Positive influences from informal social network effects treatment outcomes. The study will discuss the effect of informal social support on substance abuse treatment outcomes specially for clients living in small rural communities.

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Keywords: Alcohol Problems, Treatment Outcomes

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

New Approaches and Issues in Substance Abuse Treatment Roundtable Session

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA