Journal article

Improved Quality of Life Following Addiction Treatment Is Associated with Reductions in Substance Use.

Victoria Manning, Joshua BB Garfield, Tina Lam, Steve Allsop, Lynda Berends, David Best, Penny Buykx, Robin Room, Dan I Lubman

J Clin Med | MDPI AG | Published : 2019


People seeking treatment for substance use disorders (SUD) ultimately aspire to improve their quality of life (QOL) through reducing or ceasing their substance use, however the association between these treatment outcomes has received scant research attention. In a prospective, multi-site treatment outcome study ('Patient Pathways'), we recruited 796 clients within one month of intake from 21 publicly funded addiction treatment services in two Australian states, 555 (70%) of whom were followed-up 12 months later. We measured QOL at baseline and follow-up using the WHOQOL-BREF (physical, psychological, social and environmental domains) and determined rates of "SUD treatment success" (past-mon..

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