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Treatment Dropout

Sara Lappan, Ph.D., did a study titled, “Dropout rate of in-person psychosocial substance use disorder treatments: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” Using data from substance use disorder treatments from 1965 to 2016, Lappan found that “approximately 30% of participants in psychosocial substance use disorder treatments do not finish the programs.” News reports have indicated that “dropping out of a treatment program is a major predictor of relapse.” The goal of Lappan’s study was to “estimate average dropout rates of in-person psychosocial substance use disorder treatments and to assess predictors of dropouts to decrease the overall rate in the future.”


It’s not even across the board

“The researchers found that those who smoke more cigarettes per day or use a greater percentage of heroin were less likely to drop out than those who used cocaine, methamphetamines, and/or other major stimulants.” Lappan explains that “major stimulants have been rated as having among the greatest dependence potential and impairment of mental functioning. Major stimulant use may also be associated with risky sexual behavior more so than other drug use, which suggests a particularly robust relationship with impulsive behavior. Also, there are no approved pharmacotherapies for major stimulant dependence, making withdrawal distress worse, which may make it more difficult to complete treatment.”


What led to high dropout rates?

Lappan also found that higher dropout rates were associated with programs that had more treatment sessions and greater average session length. The study also found that “a higher percentage of African Americans and lower-income individuals were associated with higher dropout rates.”


Villa Tranquil Recovery is committed to lowering our dropout rates as much as possible. If you need treatment, we want you to get the help you need and deserve. Call us today at 214-799-3080. We want to hear from you and help you today. Call now.