Chapter 7

Detoxification Discharges Aged 12 and Older: TEDS 2008

Chapter 7 presents data on the reason for discharge and median length of stay (LOS) in treatment for the 328,444 discharges aged 12 and older from detoxification in 2008. Forty-five of the 47 reporting States and jurisdictions had discharges from this type of service [Table 7.1]. Detoxification in this chapter includes free-standing residential detoxification, hospital detoxification, and outpatient detoxification (see Chapter 1). Medication-assisted opioid detoxification is excluded and is reported in Chapter 9.

Reason for Discharge

Table 7.1 and Figure 7.1. Of the 328,444 discharges aged 12 and older from detoxification in 2008:

Figure 7.1
Reason for discharge from detoxification: TEDS 2008

Pie chart comparing Reason for discharge from detoxification: TEDS 2008

SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Data received through 5.06.10.

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Table 1.4 and Figure 7.2. The median LOS in 2008 for detoxification discharges aged 12 and older was 4 days. By reason for discharge, the median LOS for detoxification discharges was:

Figure 7.2
Median length of stay in detoxification, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2008

Bar chart comparing Median length of stay in detoxification, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2008

SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Data received through 5.06.10.

Characteristics at Admission

Table 1.6. Detoxification discharges aged 12 and older displayed some major differences from all discharges aged 12 and older combined. Of detoxification discharges aged 12 and older:

Treatment Completion

Tables 7.2 and 7.3. Table 7.2 enumerates the characteristics at admission of discharges aged 12 and over from detoxification by reason for discharge. Table 7.3 is based on Table 7.2. It presents two related proportions: a) the percent distribution of characteristics at admission among discharges completing treatment or transferring to further treatment compared to those who did not complete treatment, and b) the combined rate of completion or transfer to further treatment by characteristic at admission. Table 7.3 also provides the median LOS among detoxification discharges aged 12 and over that completed treatment.

Completion/Transfer Rates and Characteristics at Admission

The overall combined treatment completion/transfer rate among detoxification discharges aged 12 and over was 77 percent.

Median LOS among Discharges Completing Treatment

The overall median LOS in 2008 among discharges aged 12 and older completing detoxification was 4 days. The median LOS was between 3 days and 6 days for all characteristics.

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