Communal Housing Settings Enhance Substance Abuse Recovery

Center for Community Research, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60614, USA.
American Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 4.55). 11/2006; 96(10):1727-9. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.070839
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Oxford Houses are democratic, mutual help-oriented recovery homes for individuals with substance abuse histories. There are more than 1200 of these houses in the United States, and each home is operated independently by its residents, without help from professional staff. In a recent experiment, 150 individuals in Illinois were randomly assigned to either an Oxford House or usual-care condition (i.e., outpatient treatment or self-help groups) after substance abuse treatment discharge. At the 24-month follow-up, those in the Oxford House condition compared with the usual-care condition had significantly lower substance use, significantly higher monthly income, and significantly lower incarceration rates.

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    • "One of the specific characteristic of the program is that it is aimed at a population that was previously homeless, disorganized, and unaccustomed to structured routines or codes of conduct. What might help to further meet the needs of residents would be to enhance the peer support component of the program and invite residents to assist each other in their initiatives, or to take on governance roles, which seemed to be an important and successful component of other programs (Heslin et al., 2011; Jason et al., 2006, 2007; Polcin et al., 2012; Tuten et al., 2012). As this study took place during the first two years of operation, adjustments were made throughout the program to better adapt it for the residents. "

    Journal of Substance Use 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/14659891.2015.1029022 · 0.48 Impact Factor
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    • "Oversight and monitoring can vary substantially, including toxicology screens, mandated 12-step MHO attendance, and requirements that residents either have employment or otherwise seek employment, a strong predictor of sustaining recovery (White, 2008). Highlighted by their potential ability to bolster abstinence self-efficacy (Jason et al., 2006) and to reduce the financial burden of SUD via reductions in SUD-related illegal activity (Lo Sasso et al., 2012), as well as to facilitate 12-step MHO participation, research on a diversity of recovery-supportive housing options, the services they offer, and their relative effects on recovery rates are needed to inform and enhance clinical referral. "
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    Drug and Alcohol Dependence 05/2015; 153. DOI:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.05.017 · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    • "(2) Explore how these factors influence recovery outcomes. In particular, there is a need for longer term outcomes beyond the 18 month outcomes reported by Polcin et al., 2010c or the 24-month outcomes reported by Jason et al, 2006. "
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