The Willows at Red Oak Recovery is constantly striving to improve and adapt our addiction treatment programs to assure the highest quality, most effective services are being delivered to our clients and families. As part of this continuing effort, for more than seven years, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery is participating in a comprehensive state-of-the-art therapeutic outcome study with the Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy (CReATE) and the University of Arkansas at the Arkansas Institute of Developmental Science and the Intervention Sciences Laboratory. This scientific study focuses on measuring the changes associated with the symptoms of substance use disorders in our clients, as well as other critical issues which impact the course of recovery for young adults. Some of these issues include:
- Comorbid psychopathology explores the presence of additional psychopathological disorders that co-occur with a primary disorder.
- Traumatic event exposure refers to an event which is extremely upsetting and/or life threatening, which may happen directly to an individual or someone they are close to, or be witnessed by this individual. This can result in a variety of psychiatric conditions, such as PTSD, acute stress disorder, or adjustment disorders. However, traumatic event exposure, even in the absence of a diagnosable mental health disorder, is associated with increased risk for substance misuse.
- Mindfulness and emotion regulation are core components of overall wellness and can be protective factors, promoting resilience. Mindfulness practices attempt to create greater awareness and acceptance of emotions, rather than changing thought content. Emotion regulation generally refers to an individual’s ability to manage negative emotional states in an adaptive manner. It is a critical component of overall self-regulation.
- Community and social support
- Quality of life
- Satisfaction with services
Exploring the depths of these categories and the ways in which our young adult rehab programs address them will assist us in continuing to make evidence-based decisions about the best, and most effective, ways to work with our families.The Willows at Red Oak Recovery is pleased to be part of this pioneering therapeutic outcome study and is looking forward to reviewing the results of this important programmatic research.
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