Early findings suggest that sociability is linked to successful treatment
As drug and alcohol service providers, we are keenly interested in looking at the potential links between feelings of wellbeing and the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment.
Early findings from our survey into wellbeing provide a number of hypotheses for further testing.
One of these is whether treatment is more effective when it works on specific aspects of wellbeing, namely those related to greater social interaction.
Comparing the wellbeing scores of a sample drawn from a community user forum against those of the general population revealed that those in the forums group had higher scores for feeling close to other people, feeling loved and feeling interested in others.
The group also scored more highly for optimism, indicating the link between sustained recovery and positivity about what the future holds. As service providers this is incredibly exciting and potentially opens the door to making fundamental changes to the way we both approach and deliver recovery treatment.
Read our initial findings here. An updated report will be published at the end of the year following additional study.