Changes in Substance Use and Risk Behaviors One Year After Treatment: Outcomes Associated with a Quasi-Residential Rehabilitation Service for Alcohol and Drug Users in Edinburgh

Andrew M. Rome, David McCartney, David Best, Robert Rush

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


Despite limited evidence base, rehabilitation services are associated with positive outcomes in U.K. research (Best et al., 2010). The authors investigated outcomes associated following a 12-week abstinence-based treatment program. Data were collected from 145 patients using a European Version of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI-X) at intake, 6 months, and 1 year after completion. Individuals showed significantly better ASI-X scores after participating in program compared to their scores prior to the intervention. Those who completed the program had significantly better outcomes in medical and psychiatric domains at 12-month follow-up than those who dropped out before completion. Attending this abstinence-based program was associated with positive changes to physical health and social wellbeing, which were sustained 12 months after completion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-98
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Abstinence
  • alcohol
  • drugs
  • effectiveness
  • recovery
  • substance misuse
  • treatment

Cite this