VISTAS Substance Abuse

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.



Evaluating American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Dimension Assessment As an Outcome Measure: A Pilot Study With Substance Abusing Adolescents in Two Matched Residential Treatment Centers.

Kenneth M. Coll, Brenda J. Freeman, Gerald A. Juhnke, Margaret Sass, Patti Thobro, and Nicole Hauser

2015

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) dimension assessment is
extensively used as admissions criteria into most accredited inpatient and
intensive outpatient addictions treatment programs. No refereed journal articles
exist within existing professional counseling literature addressing the efficacy of
using the ASAM dimension assessment addiction outcome measures. This study
evaluated ASAM dimension assessment as an effective outcome evaluation with
substance abusing adolescents in two residential treatment centers. Results
suggest ASAM dimension assessment can be an effective outcome evaluation,
and regular ASAM evaluation updates elicit positive treatment outcomes among
substance abusing youth.

Keywords: ASAM, residential treatment centers, outcome evaluation

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