Frydrych LM, Greene BJ, Blondell RD, Purdy CH
J Addict Dis 2009;28(1):21-7
Many patients fail to initiate aftercare for addictive disease rehabilitation following detoxification. This study of 136 inpatients compared characteristics of those who initiated aftercare (behavior therapy or self-help programs) during the week following discharge with those who did not. Among this group of patients, 77% (91/119) linked to aftercare. Self-help treatment related components were associated with increased aftercare treatment attendance rates and included: having a copy of the "12 Steps" (81% vs. 46%, P = .002), having read self-help literature (73% vs. 42%, P = .007), and having telephone numbers of self-help program members (50% vs. 18%, P = .008). Those who initiated aftercare treatment were also more likely to have remained abstinent from drugs and alcohol (81% vs. 39%, P < .001). Having self-help treatment related components was associated with increased rates of aftercare attendance following hospital inpatient detoxification.