At Centered Recovery Programs, we recognize the need for effective outcomes tracking and measurement procedures. We believe that establishing the success of treatment is more than just using vs. not using. There are so many more facets to living and improvement in those areas is just as valid as reduction of substance use. A simple explanation of this can be if someone is sober for years but still unhappy or unemployed or otherwise struggling in life. Our program is designed to improve the overall quality of life for our clients. That is why we have implemented the following standardized monitoring tools:
Outcomes Studies at Centered Recovery Programs
Below is a summary of the Outcomes used to measure client progress while in treatment with Centered Recovery Programs (CRP). Each instrument is used to address a specific area of a client’s lifestyle.
Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9)
This assessment measures a client’s experience with depression over the previous 2 weeks. Depression can have a significant impact on a person’s recovery from substances. It is normal for people in early recovery to experience symptoms of depression, as hormones such as dopamine and serotonin have been affected by regular substance use. CRP uses this instrument to get an idea of a person’s symptoms of depression from the start of treatment, and to monitor this as a client progresses in their recovery. This questionnaire is brief and gives us an opportunity to identify target areas in meeting client needs.
SOCRATES (The Stages of Change Readiness and Treatment Eagerness Scale) 8A and 8D
SOCRATES is an experimental instrument designed to assess readiness for change in people who abuse alcohol and drugs. Rating on a scale of 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree), clients are asked questions to assess their motivation and desire to give up drinking and using. Many clients begin treatment at varying commitment levels, so this survey gives us a chance to see where clients are at that starting point.
The Self-Compassion Scale is an instrument used to measure the development and use of self-compassion. We find that this is an integral focus in recovery, regardless of what stage of recovery a person is in. This 26-question questionnaire helps us to learn about a person’s self-perspective, and how they take care of themselves when they are experiencing difficult times.
Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire
The Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire helps us identify a person’s skills in terms of noticing and observing their inner experience from moment-to-moment. Understanding a person’s tendencies to accept or resist their feelings gives us a chance to foster growth that can be vital towards change and recovery. If a person is more aware of their inner experience, there is a higher likelihood that they can identify when they’re having a craving, or when they’re having distress that can lead to a craving.