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March/April 2009, Volume 17, Number 2 

Residential Treatment: Short Term? Long Term? What Works Best

It can be a challenge to determine what works best in substance abuse treatment.

To help, SAMHSA recently issued a short report, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 2005: Treatment Outcomes among Clients Discharged from Residential Substance Abuse Treatment. The report looks at the characteristics of clients who have received treatment at in-patient facilities.

The report compares individuals in short-term treatment (30 days or fewer) and long-term treatment (more than 30 days); those reporting primary alcohol abuse and other primary drug abuse; and people with varying education levels.

In the case of short-term versus long-term residential treatment, during 2005, data show that clients discharged from short-term treatment were more likely to complete treatment than clients discharged from long-term treatment.

Reasons for Discharge from Residential Treatment

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Two pie charts showing the percentage of discharges from short-term and long-term residential substance abuse treatment, by reason for discharge: 2005

Source: SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies. 2005 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Treatment Outcomes among Clients Discharged from Residential Substance Abuse Treatment. Figure 1. Percentage of Discharges from Short-Term and Long-Term Residential Substance Abuse Treatment, by Reason for Discharge: 2005. February 12, 2009.

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During the same period, clients of short-term residential treatment facilities reporting primary alcohol abuse (66 percent) had the highest completion rate, as compared to those reporting stimulant abuse (46 percent), who had the lowest completion rate.

For individuals discharged from long-term residential treatment, people reporting primary alcohol abuse also had the highest completion rate (46 percent). But the lowest completion rate for long-term care was among clients reporting primary cocaine abuse (33 percent) or primary opiate abuse (35 percent).

Read the full report, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 2005: Treatment Outcomes among Clients Discharged from Residential Substance Abuse Treatment.

  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Treatment as an Alternative to Jail

Treatment as an Alternative to Jail & Related Articles


Funding Opportunities

Requests for applications include a variety of new grants including Project Launch.

Awards for Suicide Prevention

Awards for Suicide Prevention

Symbolic “big checks” were presented to six organizations.

  Underage Drinking  
Underage Drinking: Related Articles

Underage Drinking: Related Articles

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Find out what you can do to help prevent and reduce drinking by teens and college students.

  Building Awareness  
Inhalants Often “First”

Inhalants Often “First”

News of recent deaths from sniffing refrigerants.

Are Prevention Messages Working?

Are Prevention Messages Working?

We’ve heard the commercials urging parents to talk. Are teens getting the message?

American Indians, Alaska Natives

American Indians, Alaska Natives

“Culture Card” offers information on tribal sovereignty, myths & facts, and more.

  Mental Health  

Economy: Help in Tough Times

You can’t see stress, but you certainly can feel it. A new SAMHSA Web site offers resources, referrals, and more.

States, IT, and Mental Health Services

States, IT, and Mental Health Services

A recent report gives a state-by-state update on information technology’s effect.

Lifeline on Twitter

Lifeline on Twitter

“Tweets” from the Nat’l Suicide Prevention Lifeline help awareness.

  Treatment Roundup  

Admissions, Facilities, & More

Recent data from two SAMHSA surveys – National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) and Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) – provide updated information.

DVD Kit on Homelessness

DVD Kit on Homelessness

Programs in Seattle and Philadelphia are two success stories highlighted in this DVD.

Recovery Month

Recovery Month

Send your press releases, studies, and news on recovery for posting on the site.

  Staff in the News  
Kana Enomoto Honored

Kana Enomoto Honored

Deputy Administrator receives the inaugural King Davis Award for Emerging Leadership.

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